Request for proposals

The Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership (MGLP) releases an annual request for fish habitat conservation project proposals. We support conservation projects that work toward meeting the goals and objectives set forth in the MGLP Strategic Plan to benefit glacial lake fish habitats, which include addressing the chemical, physical, and biological components of the habitats that fishes found in glacial lakes use throughout their lives. We have directed funding toward a wide range of aquatic conservation projects that benefit recreational, imperiled, and endangered fish species and their habitats. We typically fund 3-5 projects annually between $10,000 and $75,000, but larger projects will be considered for funding up to a maximum of the approximately $300,000. Past 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.

Projects considered for funding must align with the goals and objectives of the MGLP and can range in scale from projects that affect one or more sites, lakes, or watersheds. Projects should address the processes that cause fish habitat impairments as opposed to managing or treating the symptoms of those causes. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Projects that implement new techniques or methods; projects that serve as demonstration projects; watershed-level projects;
  • Water quality and erosion control measures;
  • Native vegetation or wetland rehabilitation;
  • Natural riparian or in-lake habitat restoration and protection; barrier removal for improved native fish passage;
  • Population or watershed assessments needed for project evaluation;
  • Prioritization and planning for future habitat projects;
  • Evaluating habitat conditions or lake water levels;
  • Projects addressing climate change adaptation or mitigation through fish habitat;
  • Projects training biologists and managers on inland lake fish habitat management tools and approaches; and
  • Community outreach and education on the importance of and how to better protect fish habitat.

In addition to conducting independent outreach and/or education, successful applicants will be expected to work with the MGLP to coordinate media and public outreach to raise the profile of MGLP-funded projects.

The request for proposals is typically announced on this website and via the MGLP newsletter by the first week of August, and applications are typically due in mid-October. 

Please note that we’ve revised our grant application. Major changes include:

  • Preference for projects that align with a lake management plan or the MGLP Conservation Guidelines for the lake. MGLP Conservation Guidelines for each lake can be found on the MGLP Conservation Planner;
  • Revised narrative questions to better assess project benefits and methods; and
  • Requirement to discuss the project with MGLP Coordinator Joe Nohner prior to submission for preliminary feedback on project fit for the grant and areas for improvement.

If you have a lake 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. If you have any questions, please contact Joe Nohner at 517-284-6236 or Todd Tisler, MGLP Steering Committee Chair, at or 218-335-8629. An application for funding is included with this announcement and you can submit your application by emailing it to MGLP Coordinator Joe Nohner at

Application Forms

Past projects


  • Assessing and conserving high-quality Michigan lakes for Cisco and Walleye (MI; $86,357)
  • Systems-level perspectives on fish habitat: capacity building workshops with lake associations across the Midwest (MGLP Region; $56,043)
  • MGLP Database Management (MGLP Region; $40,000)


  • Prairie Lake and Lizzie Lake fish passage (MN; $30,000.00)
  • Pickerel Lake shoreline restoration project (SD; $30,000.00 )
  • Nutrient and sediment loads entering Lake Wawasee: A scientific approach to assess lake restoration strategies (IN; $15,000.00)
  • MGLP Database Management (MGLP Region; $40,501)


  • Promoting Bioengineering Options for Erosion Control on Michigan Inland Lakes ($22,500)
  • Lake Carlos fish passage project (MN; $30,000)
  • Assessment of oxythermal habitat of Cisco in Minnesota lakes for prioritizing habitat protection efforts ($47,750)
  • Assessment of critical thermal fish habitat in Midwest Glacial Lakes Fish Habitat Partnership lakes: Phase II (MGLP Region; $30,000)
  • Reconnecting Mason Creek to Duck Lake Restoration Project (MI; $50,000)
  • MGLP Database Management (MGLP Region; $17,495)


  • Crane Lake Fish Passage (MN; $25,000)
  • Stearns County Shoreline Habitat Restoration Project (MN; $63,000)
  • Eagle Lake Nearshore Habitat Restoration & Septic System Discharge Mitigation with Native Vegetation (MI; $35,300)
  • Growing degree day assessment in the MGLP (MGLP Region; $22,881)


  • Habitat Assessment and Prioritization for Cisco and Walleye Lakes in the Midwest Glacial Lakes Fish Habitat Partnership (MGLP Region; $40,000)
  • Michigan Shoreland Stewards: Partnering to Protect our Inland Lakes through Outreach and Education ($11,256)


  • Island Protection Projects on Webster and Loon Lakes (IN; $25,000)
  • Knutson Dam Modernization Project Cass Lake (MN; $25,000)
  • Partnering with MGLP to Restore Habitat in St. Croix Headwaters Watershed Lakes (WI; $9,163)


  • Phase II Assessment for MGLP using Science to Evaluate Lake Health and Fish Potential in Lakes (MGLP Region; $18,875)
  • Protecting the Unique Sinkhole Lakes in the Pigeon River Country State Forest (MI; $20,504)
  • Healthy Shorelines Initiative in the Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed (IN, $25,000)


  • Greenbelt Workshops for Lakefront Property Owners in Northern Michigan ($17,200)
  • Near Shore Woody Habitat Restoration Long Lake, Chippewa County (WI; $13,756)


  • 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 ($18,571)
  • Protection for Sensitive Fish Habitats in Cass County, Minnesota ($28,571)


  • Lakescaping Demonstration Projects in Eastern South Dakota ($21,429)


  • Using GIS to prioritize fish habitat conservation for the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership (MGLP Region; $71,429)