Application Process for the Great Lakes Environmental Justice Grant Programs

The Great Lakes Environmental Justice Grant Programs (GLEJGP) makes available $30 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for restoration projects that advance environmental justice in underserved and overburdened communities across the Great Lakes. Below are the suggested steps you should follow to apply. Please note the deadline to apply is Friday, August 11, 2023.

Steps to apply

To track these 6 suggested steps, you can use this GLEJGP Checklist (with elements provided by Anese and Associates) with links to Mandatory Documents and additional resources (provided by Anese and Associates and the Climate Justice Alliance). Using the GLEJGP Checklist can help you divvy up sections among partners, track your work, and mark sections as complete. All of the sections on this checklist need to be included in your final application.


Step One Register – by Friday, June 9

You must be registered with (and have your Unique Entity Identification (UEID)) and Registering can take weeks (if not months). If you can’t register by June 9 or soon thereafter, we recommend you use this time to register for the next opportunity.

To register on,* go hereFor help, access the registration checklist and EPN’s registration webinar. Also, please review the Intro to User Roles and Learning Workspace – User Roles and Workspace Actions to assist with application submission.

To register at,* go here. For help, use the registration checklist and watch this Youtube video.

If you need additional help, send us an email.

*To check your registration status, go here for, and here for

Step Two Review EPA Resources – by Friday, June 16

A: Carefully read the GLEJGP summary and the entire Request for Applications to ensure that your project is a good fit.

B: Read the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan III.

C: Watch the GLEJGP webinar recording:
(when it becomes available)

D: Double check the GLEJGP eligible applicants information.

E: Determine if your geographic area meets the RFA’s geographic criteria.

E: Read the GLEJGP FAQs.

F: Reach out to EPA with all questions via email by August 4, 2023.

Find Partners & Envision – by Friday, June 23

Find and solidify your partners and collectively envision your proposal.

A: Fill out the GLEJGP Partner Survey.

B: Reach out to these potential partners and/or others.

C: Schedule a time to speak with your partners and brainstorm about proposal ideas.

Step Four Read, Write, and Review – by Friday, July 21

A: Read through the GLEJGP Workplan Template (provided by Anese and Associates) and create a copy, as needed, in Google Docs that all partners can access. This will make up the narrative portion of your draft application.

For submission, your Workplan, including the 8 elements listed below, will be uploaded via the Project Narrative Attachment Form on

B: Begin writing your Workplan, including:

C: Review your Workplan (ideally more than once) using the GLEJGP Evaluation Criteria to ensure that all requirements have been met in each section and that all possible points should be awarded.

Step Five Complete Mandatory Documents and, Potentially, Optional Supporting Documents – by Friday, July 28

A: Create the following Mandatory Documents (Set 1), each of which have their own individual submission forms:

B: Complete these additional Optional Documents if desired (Set 2), all of which must be included on the Other Narrative Attachments Form as part of your application:

C: Review your application using the GLEJGP Evaluation Criteria to again ensure that all requirements have been met in each section and that all possible points should be awarded.

Step 6 Illustration Review and Submit – by Friday, August 4

Although the deadline is Friday, August 11, plan to submit to, ideally by Friday, August 4, to give yourself time to troubleshoot if you have any difficulty submitting. These step-by-step instructions and video can help. Please plan to set aside at least three hours to submit your application to

A: To begin the submission process, go to and click the red “Apply” button at the top of the “view grant opportunity” page associated with this opportunity.

B: Upload your application, including:

C: Submit and confirm that all verifications & confirmations from are received & saved.

D: Take …a nap!

*Special thanks to Jaimie Lewis and Sean Ferguson of Anese and Associates for creating elements of the Checklist, the Workplan Template, Itemized Budget templates, and other resources, and to Holly Baker of Climate Justice Alliance for creating the Commitment Letter template.