In 2013, the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative will focus attention and support on its eight existing hubs, emphasizing high-quality execution of the GLSI’s model and strategies (place-based stewardship education, sustained professional development for teachers, and school-community partnerships). In the near term, additional hubs may be established only if each of the following three conditions exist in a region: additional funds are available from sources other than the Great Lakes Fishery Trust; there is interest in the goals of the GLSI; there is capacity and commitment to provide leadership for place-based stewardship in the long term.
In 2013, the GLSI plans to award grants in two categories:
Base Funding: Up to eight grants of up to $145,000 each for two years. These grants support the work of existing GLSI regional hubs that meet the criteria of the GLSI’s RFPs, including a requirement for matching funds.
Incentive Funding: Annual grants awarded through a competitive process. These grants encourage hubs to innovate, improve practice, address challenges, collaborate with others, or capitalize on emerging opportunities. In 2013, a total of $140,000 will be available in this category.
In special cases, small capacity-building grants may be awarded at the discretion of staff to develop readiness within a region or to otherwise advance the goals of the GLSI. If your request for funding is of this nature, please contact us to discuss your ideas.