New Great Lakes Protection Initiative Seeks Funding Applications
Posted on: February 1, 2018
Kama Creek
Restoration of Kama Creek on Lake Superior’s Nipigon Bay was accomplished with funds from the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund, predecessor to the Great Lakes Protection Initiative. (Photo: J. Bailey/

On February 1st, Environment and Climate Change Canada announced a call for applications to eight Environmental Funding Programs, including funding under the Great Lakes Protection Initiative which includes the fund to Restore Areas of Concern, formerly known as the “Great Lakes Sustainability Fund.”

Through the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, Environment and Climate Change Canada takes action to address the most significant environmental challenges affecting Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health by delivering on Canada’s commitments under the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

To help achieve this goal, Environment and Climate Change Canada is making funding available in  support of actions to:

  • Prevent toxic and nuisance algae: Increasing participation in the application of phosphorus load reduction measures by demonstrating innovative approaches and best practices and promoting broad uptake and application.
  • Reduce releases of harmful chemicals: Increasing participation in the application of beyond-compliance measures to reduce releases of chemicals of mutual concern by developing, implementing, assessing and promoting use of innovative approaches.
  • Engage Indigenous Peoples in addressing Great Lakes issues: Enhancing Indigenous capacity to address Great Lakes issues through projects that engage Indigenous Peoples at the community level.
  • Increase public engagement through citizen science: Enhancing Canadians’ knowledge of and engagement in addressing Great Lakes issues through participation in citizen science.
  • Restore Areas of Concern: Supporting action at the local level to restore water quality and aquatic ecosystem health by implementing projects identified in Area of Concern Remedial Action Plans.

The submission deadline for applications is March 15, 2018 at 11:59PM EST.

The purpose of the 2018/19 Call for Proposals for the Restore Areas of Concern (AOC) fund is to solicit project proposals that will contribute to the completion of necessary actions identified in the AOC’s most current Remedial Action Plan (RAP) and/or Work Plan as this will facilitate the re-designation of beneficial use impairments (BUIs) and the eventual delisting of the AOC. With this in mind, applications should demonstrate clearly how  proposed projects will contribute to the restoration of BUIs or achievement of delisting targets for an AOC.  Priority for funding will be given to those proposals that directly address projects/priority actions in current RAP Stage 2/Stage 2 Update Reports and Implementation Work Plans for the AOC under which your organization is applying. 
The Restore Areas of Concern fund application package is accessible through the links below and consists of:

  1. Application Instructions
  2. AOCs Application Form
  3. AOCs Project Cash Flow Form
  4. Remedial Action Plan Contacts and Websites

To learn more about all of the Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding opportunities and how to apply, visit  or contact

For general information on the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, visit

Related December 16th, 2017 Infosuperior Story:

Canada Provides $45 Million for Great Lakes Protection



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