EcoAction Community Funding Program

EcoAction Community Funding Program (EcoAction) is a national program that funds local action-based projects that produce measurable, positive effects on the environment.

The maximum EcoAction funding is $100,000 per project; the minimum funding amount request is $25,000 per project for a maximum duration of 36 months. A minimum of 50% of the total project value must come from sources other than the Government of Canada.

Projects must always address the environmental priority of the call for proposals and clearly demonstrate that activities are:

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is a multi-agency collaboration that provides funding to federal agencies that work to protect and restore the Great Lakes.  Both United States and Canadian agencies have been the recipients of GLRI funding across a broad scope of projects.  

The GLRI Action Plan III for fiscal years 2020-2024 focuses on five important categories: 

Ohio: Watershed plans with far-field phosphorus targets

Watershed planning helps identify critical areas, set local goals, and coordinate implementation of conservation practices. Development of news plans are underway in 26 HUC12 Maumee River watersheds to identify load reduction opportunities and establish far-field phosphorus targets at the watershed level. Far-field planning efforts look to meet overarching Annex 4 nutrient reduction goals, rather than goals for localized impairments. Existing plans will be updated to incorporate far-field phosphorus targets.

Ohio: Water infrastructure in underserved areas

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency funds infrastructure projects through H2Ohio that will improve water quality, which includes extending sewers to areas with high concentrations of failing home sewage treatment systems. The first project in the Lake Erie basin will construct a new waterwater collection and treatment system in Kunkle, Ohio, within the Maumee River watershed.

Great Lakes Water Authority Monitoring and Research Efforts

As one of the largest wastewater and drinking water providers in the nation, the Great Lakes Water Authority is a leader in collaborating with researchers to understand threats to drinking water and strategies for protecting source water. Research at GLWA spans from source water monitoring, to research on effective drinking water and wastewater treatment strategies.