Great Lakes Stewardship

The GLFT’s Great Lakes Stewardship grant category focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of the ecology of the Great Lakes so that citizens can be advocates for strategies that support long-term sustainability of the Great Lakes fishery and become stewards of the Great Lakes.

These efforts are supported by:

I. Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

The Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) was launched in 2007 to help Michigan’s young people become stewards of the environment. Students and their teachers collaborate with local organizations to study and address important environmental issues in their communities, while they learn academic content and practice the skill of problem-solving and citizenship. For more information about this environmental education program, visit the GLSI website

II. Other Great Lakes Stewardship

This funding strand supports other Great Lakes efforts that are consistent with the GLFT’s stewardship goal. This includes projects that:

  • Build understanding at the ecosystem or watershed level, and promote taking related action, on Great Lakes issues including:
    • Protecting biological diversity
    • Sustaining commercial and recreational fisheries
    • Controlling non-native nuisance species
    • Reducing pollution
  • Promote environmental stewardship through direct experiences with natural resources
  • Promote awareness of, and access to, existing Great Lakes stewardship education programs and resources

How To Apply

Visit our apply page to submit an application. The forms and instructions necessary to guide you through the application process are provided in the application guidance document.

If you have further questions about the funding process, please contact Julie Metty Bennett, Grant Manager, at (517) 371-7468