New York State Great Lakes Protection Fund
What is the Great Lakes Protection Fund?
The New York State Great Lakes Protection Fund provides a perpetual and dependable source of funds for regional and statewide research projects that will protect, restore and improve the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem of New York State. The Fund was created in 1990 through legislation that allows New York to use a portion of the earned interest on an endowment created by seven of the eight Great Lakes states, called the Great Lakes Protection Fund (see link in right column of this page under "Links Leaving DEC's Site").
The Fund supports projects between government, academia, non-governmental and environmental groups to conduct research and exchange/apply information about remediating and sustaining the health of the plant, animal, and human elements of New York's Great Lakes ecosystem. Specifically, the Fund is used to support the following areas:
- Researching the economic, environmental and human health effects of contamination in the Great Lakes
- Collecting and analyzing data on the Great Lakes
- Developing new and improved environmental cleanup technologies applicable to the Great Lakes
- Researching the effectiveness of pollution-control policies affecting the Great Lakes
- Assessing the health of Great Lakes fish, wildlife, waterfowl and other organisms
Who Administers the Fund?
The Fund is administered by DEC with input from the New York State Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council (the Council). Comprised of representatives from various interests, the Council works with DEC to ensure ecological health, economic growth, and recreational enjoyment of New York's Great Lakes resources now and in the future. Each year, DEC and the Council determine the funding priorities for research and assessment projects through two grant programs.
What Grants are Available?
Two types of grants are awarded from the Fund: "small" and "large" grants. However, the large grant program has been suspended indefinitely. DEC will provide an announcement when a new round of large grants becomes available.
Small Grants Program
DEC, the Council, and the Great Lakes Research Consortium have established a Great Lakes Protection Fund Small Grants program. (The State University of New York established the Great Lakes Research Consortium to bring together scientific, technical and policy expertise to improve understanding of the Great Lakes ecosystem.)
The Small Grants Program provides seed money of up to $10,000 per grant to conduct projects in the Great Lakes basin. These small grant awards may be used to independently carry out small scale projects or can be used to start projects with plans to seek additional funding from larger programs such as the National Science Foundation or the Great Lakes Protection Fund. This unique program is intended to promote collaborative efforts between government, academia, industry and environmental groups to develop pollution prevention, remedial action and environmental education projects as well as scientific research and data collection. The small grants award process is administered by the Great Lakes Research Consortium.
Large Grants Program
Previous projects have ranged from aquatic nuisance species research, to enhancing community awareness of Great Lakes issues, human health risk communication, and improved remedial monitoring techniques and technologies.
New York Great Lakes Protection Fund Large Grants:
- Funded Projects from 2007-2008
- Funded Projects from 2000-2003
- Funded Projects from 1999-2000
- Funded Projects from 1996-1997
- Funded Projects from 1994-1995
What Criteria Must Projects Meet?
Projects must satisfy all of the following criteria, and must demonstrate reasonableness of cost:
- Focus on management issues directly relevant to existing or emerging policy and programs (e.g., the Toxics Substances Control Agreement, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, Great Lakes Charter and Annex 2001 Agreements, Niagara River Toxics Management Plan, Remedial Action Plans (RAPs), Lakewide Management Plans (LaMPs), Strategic Great Lakes Fisheries Management Plan, the New York State 25-Year Plan for the Great Lakes or the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Restoration and Protection Strategy, 2005)
- Foster communication and cooperative action among research, academic, industrial, private, regional/local organizations and governmental and non-governmental entities within New York State, especially in New York's Great Lakes basin
- Provide basic or applied research information to support measurable progress toward improving the environmental quality and reducing exposure to pollution affecting humans, Great Lakes fish, waterfowl and other water-dependent organisms
- Promote interdisciplinary approaches to understanding New York's Great Lakes ecosystem and to applying ecosystem-based approaches to improving the resources
- Demonstrate sound scientific principles in experimental project design, including high validity and reliability of measurements and/or peer review
- Provide results and deliverables that can be made easily available to either a targeted user group or to the broader community of Great Lakes managers, researchers and the public
More about New York State Great Lakes Protection Fund:
- Great Lakes Protection Fund Large Grants 07-08 - A description of the projects funded by the 2007-2008 round of Great Lakes Protection Fund Large Grants.
- Great Lakes Protection Fund Large Grants 00-03 - Funding provided for eight projects to benefit the Great Lakes
- Great Lakes Protection Fund Large Grants 99-00 - Funding provided for ten projects to benefit the Great Lakes
- Great Lakes Protection Fund Large Grants 96-97 - Funding provided for four projects to benefit the Great Lakes
- Great Lakes Protection Fund Large Grants 94-95 - Funding provided for seven projects to benefit the Great Lakes