The Ontario government issued a press release yesterday, announcing the launch of a new initiative designed to help communities protect their part of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund provides grants to community groups for grassroots activities, such as cleaning up a beach or shoreline, restoring a wetland, or creating a coastal or riverside trail. Not-for-profit groups such as service clubs, environmental groups, and scout troops are eligible.
Applications for the first round of funding will be accepted until October 12, 2012. The program provides up to $25,000 per project for local actions to protect the Great Lakes and the streams that flow into them. Grants are available for projects in Ontario’s Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin and their watersheds.