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The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) is now accepting proposals under the Access to the Great Lakes Fishery program. The Access to the Great Lakes Fishery request for proposals (RFP) is currently released every other year. The next RFP is scheduled for release in 2026.

This RFP will be used to disburse up to $750,000 in grants. Proposals are due by Friday, August 16, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. EDT and must be submitted through the GLFT website.

The GLFT will hold an optional webinar with information for potential grantees on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Learn more and register.

The GLFT supports its Access goals through a combination of competitive and funder-directed grantmaking. Supported activities may include:

  1. Capital improvement and renovation of existing access sites, previously funded by the GLFT or other funding sources, that have exceeded or are nearing the end of their planned lifecycle.
  2. Development of new high-value sites that fill a gap in access. Eligible sites may be located on the Great Lakes or on tributaries below the lowermost barriers.

Funding is limited to sites within the state of Michigan. Geographic priority will be given to sites within the Lake Michigan basin, although the GLFT will consider projects throughout the state. While the trust prioritizes sites in the Lake Michigan basin, high-value sites are regularly funded through the Access program in other Great Lakes basins in the state.

If you have questions regarding the program area or a proposal submission, please contact Meagan O’Brien, grant manager, at [email protected] or 517-371-7468.

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