Request for proposals

The Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership (MGLP) is announcing its request for fish habitat conservation project proposals. The MGLP is one of twenty partnerships that span the nation under the umbrella of the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP).  The MGLP area of focus is glacial lakes and their watersheds. Eight Midwestern states, federal agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Forest Service, and private natural resource entities including The Nature Conservancy, have been integral partners in the development and operation of the MGLP.

This will be our tenth year of supporting conservation projects and working toward meeting the goals and objectives set forth in the MGLP Strategic Plan (, and we have directed funding toward a wide range of aquatic conservation projects that benefit imperiled, endangered, and recreational aquatic species and their habitat.  While direct partnership funding to date has been limited to only that provided by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), we have been able to use both NFHP funds and USFWS Fish Passage funds on high priority projects to increase the overall contribution. Most projects have received between $10,000 and $75,000 from the MGLP, but larger projects are possible for funding from the approximately $300,000 expected for distribution.  Projects have been successfully implemented because contributions and capabilities of many partners have been combined to accomplish project goals that none of the partnering entities could accomplish on their own.

If you have an aquatic conservation project aligned with the goals and objectives of the MGLP and need financial assistance, we encourage you to submit a proposal for project funding.  Examples include: watershed-level projects; water quality and erosion control measures; riparian or in-lake habitat restoration and protection; barrier removal or construction; population or watershed assessments needed for project evaluation; prioritization and planning for future habitat projects; evaluating habitat conditions or lake water levels; and community outreach and education on the importance of and how to better protect fish habitat.

Applicants are recommended to contact MGLP Coordinator Joe Nohner at to discuss proposed projects. Submit your application by emailing it to Joe Nohner by October 15, 2018.

Application Forms

Project Application

Budget Template

Past projects


  • Crane Lake Fish Passage (MN)
  • Stearns County Shoreline Habitat Restoration Project (MN)
  • Eagle Lake Nearshore Habitat Restoration & Septic System Discharge Mitigation with Native Vegetation (MI)
  • Growing degree day assessment in the MGLP (MGLP Region)


  • Habitat Assessment and Prioritization for Cisco and Walleye Lakes in the Midwest Glacial Lakes Fish Habitat Partnership (MGLP Region)
  • Michigan Shoreland Stewards: Partnering to Protect our Inland Lakes through Outreach and Education


  • Island Protection Projects on Webster and Loon Lakes, IN
  • Knutson Dam Modernization Project Cass Lake MN
  • Partnering with MGLP to Restore Habitat in St. Croix Headwaters Watershed Lakes, WI


  • Phase II Assessment for MGLP using Science to Evaluate Lake Health and Fish Potential in Lakes (MGLP Region)
  • Protecting the Unique Sinkhole Lakes in the Pigeon River Country State Forest (MI)
  • Healthy Shorelines Initiative in the Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed, IN


  • Greenbelt Workshops for Lakefront Property Owners in Northern Michigan
  • Near Shore Woody Habitat Restoration Long Lake, Chippewa County, WI


  • Strategic fish habitat conservation directed through GIS modeling (MGLP Region)
  • Human Disturbance Index Development for Glacial Lakes Based on Dock Frequency (MGLP Region)
  • Large Woody Habitat Rehabilitation Project in the Northern Lakes and Forest Ecoregion of Wisconsin
  • Protection for Sensitive Fish Habitats in Cass County, Minnesota


  • Lakescaping Demonstration Projects in Eastern South Dakota


  • Using GIS to prioritize fish habitat conservation for the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership (MGLP Region)