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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Announces Nearly $800,000 in Great Lakes Restoration Grants for Detroit Projects

October 14, 2021
Press Release

Detroit, MI - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) announced nearly $800,000 in Great Lakes Restoration grants for Detroit-based projects. Awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GRLI), over $5.5 million is going to support 47 Great Lakes restoration projects across the Great Lakes States. To view the grant announcement, click here.

“The Great Lakes are an important resource for Michigan—supplying us with clean drinking water, creating well-paying jobs, enabling tourism, and fueling our local economies. Being from the Great Lakes State, one of my top priorities is protecting our ecosystem for generations to come,” said Rep. Lawrence. “That’s why I am excited that nearly $800,000 is going to support three Detroit-based Great Lakes restoration projects. I have been a steadfast supporter of the GLRI, and I will continue to fight for this funding as the Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee.”

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades. The GLRI makes targeted investments in projects that protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world. Since it was established in 2010, the GLRI has provided over $2.5 billion to fund over 4,700 projects throughout the Great Lakes. This includes $762 million for 880 projects in Michigan.

Below are the Detroit-based projects receiving the grants:

Project Name: Emerald Ash Borer Mitigation and Urban Canopy Restoration in Detroit

Organization: The Greening of Detroit

Amount Awarded: $199,930

Project Name: Building Resilience with Green Corridors in Neighborhoods and Alleyways in Detroit

Organization: Wildlife Habitat Council

Amount Awarded: $275,634

Project Name: Minock Park Greening Project

Organization: City of Detroit

Amount Awarded: $300,000

For more information about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, visit