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.

2021 Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations: Ecological and Biological Research to Inform Management

Ecological and biological fisheries research to inform management
Deadline: 01/15/2021 05:00 PM

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) invites preliminary proposals for Great Lakes fisheries projects under its Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations focus area. This RFP process will be used for the disbursement of up to $1.3 million in grants in 2021.

This RFP provides submission requirements and application materials for Ecological and Biological Fisheries Research to Inform Management preliminary proposals only. If you would like more information about this grant category or have any technical questions regarding your submission, you may contact GLFT staff at 517-371-7468 or

Applications are due by Friday, January 15, 2021, at 5:00 PM EST. Late preliminary proposals will not be accepted.

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2021 Great Lakes Stewardship

Other Great Lakes Stewardship
Deadline: 01/18/2021 05:00 PM

The goal of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust’s (GLFT) Great Lakes Stewardship grant category is 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.

Priority will be given to projects focusing on Lake Michigan and its stewardship. For projects that do not involve residents of Michigan, the proposed effort should enhance stewardship throughout the Great Lakes basin, particularly Lake Michigan.

To be considered for funding, these projects must meet the criteria identified in the GLFT Policy on Great Lakes Stewardship Proposals, which can be found on the Resources page at This application guide is directed at such projects.

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2021 Habitat Protection and Restoration

Habitat protection and restoration
Deadline: 02/26/2021 05:00 PM


The goal of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) Habitat Protection and Restoration funding stream is to preserve essential habitat; protect, restore, and stabilize important fish habitats; and increase habitat availability. This RFP process will be used for the disbursement of up to $500,000 in 2021. The GLFT pursues these efforts through direct investment in specific places with degraded or vulnerable habitat, through connectivity enhancements, and through use of decision-support tools that suggest optimal strategies for investing in habitat. Funding is distributed through a combination of funder-directed and competitive grants. 

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