Grant opportunities for which the GLFT is currently accepting proposals are provided below. To access the online application page, click the name of the opportunity (e.g. Great Lakes Stewardship). If the GLFT is not currently accepting proposals, no links will be provided.

2020 GLFT Access to the Great Lakes Fishery

Access to the Great Lakes Fishery
Deadline: 08/21/2020 05:00 PM


The goal of the Access to the Great Lakes Fishery grant program is to significantly increase access to the Great Lakes for shore-based angling and tribal fishing.

This RFP process will be used for the disbursement of up to $500,000 in grants in 2020. The GLFT funds projects that create or enhance shore-based access to fishing, which includes construction, improvement, or renovation of boardwalks and fishing piers with adjacent amenities such as parking facilities and walkways. Applicants are encouraged to review the GLFT’s Policy on Tribal and Recreational Fishing Access Grants prior to submitting a proposal. Additional requirements for proposals that only seek funding to support the development of engineering and design and or feasibility studies, as well as those seeking funding to support development of fish cleaning stations, are provided in the policy.

If your proposal involves a request for the GLFT to fund the acquisition of real property should review the GLFT’s Policy on Land Acquisition to determine the eligibility of your proposal. This policy, and others relating to grant proposals, can be found on the Grant Related Policies and Reports page on our website ( The questions under the Land Acquisition section of this guidance document and the online application are required only if your project includes a land-acquisition component.


Applications are due by August 21, 2020, at 5:00 PM EST. Funding decisions will be made by the GLFT Board of Trustees on November 10, 2020. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by November 30, 2020. Grant awards will be available to successful applicants upon formal action by the board.

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