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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Congresswoman Lawrence Announces $13.9 Million Grant for Great Lakes Restoration

July 30, 2015
Press Release
Applications for EPA grant due Sept. 28.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence on Thursday announced the EPA’s request for applications soliciting proposals for Great Lakes Restoration initiative grants to fund new projects to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Up to $13.9 million will be available during the 2015 funding cycle for grants to state, tribal, interstate and local governmental agencies, institutions of higher learning, and other nonprofit organizations.  Applications are due Sept. 28.

“This is a great opportunity to increase our efforts to protect and restore our Great Lakes, the largest fresh surface water system in the world. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative resources have funded more than 2,500 projects to improve our water quality and strengthen our local job sector, to protect and restore our native habitat and species, to prevent and control invasive species in our waterways, and to address other environmental problems in the Great Lakes basin,” Rep. Lawrence said. “I am excited to share the EPA’s wonderful news about this amazing opportunity. As the Representatives for the 14th Congressional District, I am passionate about the health and sustainability of the Detroit River, our lakes and all of our waterways that feed into communities within my District, such as Detroit and the Grosse Pointes.”

Detroit River

A webinar explaining the grant application process will be held at 10 a.m. Central time on Thursday, Aug. 13. Requests for applications and information about applying for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants is available at

"This round of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding will be used to target invasive species and to reduce runoff in urban and agricultural watersheds," said EPA Region 5 Administrator/Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman. "The work funded by these grants will help to restore and protect waters that are essential to the health and jobs of millions of Americans."

For more information about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Manzer in Congresswoman Lawrence’s office at or call (202) 225-5802.