USDA Forest Service offering $4.2 million for Green Infrastructure Projects

Funds will be available for tree planting and forest health improvements in the Great Lakes basin. 

If your community is seeking funding sources for projects that would:

  • Mitigate or control invasive forest insect and disease impacts on biodiversity or water quality.
  • Reduce stormwater runoff by planting trees and other vegetation as integral components of green infrastructure.
  • Restore habitats by increasing tree and other native plant cover to improve diversity, habitat function, water quality, and connectivity of coastal wetland systems.
  • Treat forested riparian and shoreline habitat to improve habitat quality, resiliency to stressors, and water quality.


Prein&Newhof can help!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service anticipates that up to $4.2 million in new funds will be available through their Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for tree planting and forest health improvements throughout the Great Lakes Basin.

Anticipated funds will be distributed across four program areas:

  1. Forest Insect and Disease Mitigation | $1,400,000  
  2. Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure | $1,700,000
  3. Protect and Restore Coastal Wetlands through Healthy Tree Cover | $700,000
  4. Restore Resilient Riparian and Shoreline Forests | $450,000


The minimum and maximum Federal funding requests vary depending on program area with an overall range of $50,000 to $300,000. A twenty percent non-Federal cost share of the total program cost is required.

Entities eligible to apply include State agencies, Tribal communities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and local governments.

Applications are due June 26, 2020. Applicants should subscribe to soon to receive updates on any changes. An Informational Webinar will be held May 12, 10:00 am EST. Click to register and for more information! The webinar will be recorded and posted on the Forest Service’s GLRI RFA website for later viewing.

Contact us!

If you need assistance submitting a competitive application, please contact Sue Borgeson, Business Development Coordinator, at 616–364–8491.

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  • Grant-winning tips
  • Examples of creatively-funded projects
  • Municipal financing options

We also post new funding opportunities as they become available and reminders for funding application deadlines on our blog.

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