The Province of Ontario is launching a new initiative 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. Grants will begin to be awarded soon after the application period starts.
The program provides up to $25,000 per project for local actions to protect the Great Lakes and the streams that flow into them.