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Lake Erie Protection Fund

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission administers Ohio’s Lake Erie Protection Fund, which was established to finance research and implementation projects aimed at protecting, preserving and restoring Lake Erie and its watershed. The Lake Erie Protection Fund focuses on projects that lead to better management decisions for both environmental and economic development. The Fund is supported through tax-deductible donation and purchase of a Lake Erie license plate displaying the Marblehead Lighthouse by Ohio artist Ben Richmond, or the Lake Erie life preserver.


Grants are available to fund a wide variety of projects which provide a direct benefit to Lake Erie and its tributary watersheds in Ohio. Grants up to $15,000 will be available in quarters one, two, three and four of the current state fiscal year (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015). All projects require a 25% match. Projects must assist with the implementation of the Lake Erie Protection and Restoration Plan 2013.


The mailing address for submitting all grant applications, contracts, project reports and accounting forms is:

Ohio Lake Erie Commission
111 E. Shoreline Drive
Sandusky, Ohio 44870


If you have a project that you are considering submitting to the Lake Erie Protection Fund, it is recommended that you contact the Lake Erie Commission Office to discuss your project.  If you have problems with the application forms or have questions on filling out the application form, please contact us.



Application Due Date*

Commission Meeting Date*


Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015)


August 15, 2014

September 25, 2014


 November 7, 2014

 December 17, 2014


February 6, 2015

March 25, 2015


May 8, 2015

June 17, 2015

* Dates subject to change.


Grant applications that address the LEPR 2013 are currently being accepted.  Please click on the link LEPR Strategic Objectives & the LEPF to the right to learn how to use the LEPR when drafting your application. 


Grant Process

Application Form (pdf) - Use the application form to apply for a LEPF grant.  All grant applications must list an eligible agency advisor.  Agency advisors may work for any of Ohio's cabinet level agencies. If you have problems with the application form, please contact the Lake Erie Commission.

Agency Advisor Form (pdf) - Must be completed and submitted by an agency advisor.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to find an agency advisor for their project. All text must fit within the alloted space.

Interim Report (pdf) - An Interim Report is typically due 6 months after a project begins. The exact due date is listed in your Project Agreement.  This form must be completed and submitted by mail no later than the due date provided.

Project Revision & Extension Form (pdf) - This form should be used to revise the project deliverables, revise the project budget, or request an extension on an Interm or Final Report due date.  Requests for extensions are due 30 days prior to the report due date.  If a no-cost or no-budget-change project revision or extension is requested, a budget page is not required.

Final Report Guidance (pdf) - The Final Report can take many forms.  This document provides basic guidance on what does or does not count as a Final Report.

Final Accounting (pdf) - Final Accounting, including match, must be submitted on this form along with the Final Report.  All signatures are required on this form.

Ohio Revised Code (pdf) - ORC 1506.23 - Purposes of the Lake Erie Protection Fund.


Final Reports from Past Projects

Final Reports for past LEPF projects can be found on our Grants Information Page.


Other Funding Opportunities

To learn about other funding sources for your project, visit our Links Page or Ohio EPA's Grants Landing Page.

LEPF Forms

FY 2015 Grant Forms

The following forms should be used for all grant applications and reports submitted for State Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015). 


Application Form

Agency Advisor Form

Interim Report

Revision & Extension Request

Final Report Guidance

Final Accounting


Frequently Asked Questions

Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan 2013


Final Reports for past LEPF Grants 


Samples of past applications are available by request.