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Great Lakes Stewardship

Apply for Active Grant Opportunities

The Stewardship grant program provides funding to increase awareness and understanding of the ecology of the Great Lakes so residents can be advocates for strategies that support long-term sustainability of the Great Lakes fisheries and become stewards of the Great Lakes. The Stewardship RFP will be released in the winter every other year on odd number years (e.g., 2021, 2023, 2025, etc.).

Applicant Eligibility

Organizations eligible to apply for GLFT grants include nonprofit, educational, and governmental (including tribal) organizations.

Project Eligibility

Initial project requirements:

  • The project must be focused on investments in place-based stewardship education, preK–12, fishing education, and youth leadership programs.
  • Projects may be located outside of Michigan but need to have a strong nexus to the Great Lakes Basin, particularly Lake Michigan.

Additional project-specific considerations, priorities, and requirements are provided in the Policies and How to Apply sections below. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact GLFT staff prior to submission of a grant proposal to discuss project eligibility, goals, and alignment with GLFT priorities. Staff are available to assist applicants with navigating the online grant proposal submission process.

Grant Calendar


Please review the GLFT Policy on Great Lakes Stewardship Proposals before submitting an application under the Stewardship grant program. The GLFT Board of Trustees has also established a number of additional policies regarding grants that may be applicable to applications submitted under the Stewardship grant opportunity:

To review all of the grant-related policies for our multiple grant programs, please visit our Resources page.

Additional Documents

For additional information related to stewardship practices and examples of stewardship in the Great Lakes, please review the Stewardship Help Document.

How to Apply

The Stewardship grant program RFP is released every other year on odd years. Please review our Active Grant Opportunities to see which of our grant programs are currently accepting applications. The forms and instructions necessary to guide you through the application process are provided in the 2021 Great Lakes Stewardship Guidance Document. If the Stewardship program is not currently accepting proposals, the guidance document provides information on general program requirements for the next grant cycle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Staff are currently developing the frequently asked questions sections for each of the grant programs. Questions will be available for applicant review prior to the release of the requests for proposals.