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The Lake Erie Protection Fund

Small Grants up to $15,000 are available to fund a wide variety of projects that provide a direct benefit to Lake Erie or its tributary watersheds in Ohio. The Lake Erie Protection Fund supports important research and on-the-ground grant projects. Projects focus on critical issues facing Lake Erie, including: water quality protection, fisheries management, wetlands restoration, watershed planning, invasive species, algal bloom research, Lake Erie ecological shifts, and environmental measurements.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission administers the Lake Erie Protection Fund. The Fund is supported through tax-deductible donation and purchase of a Lake Erie license plate displaying the Marblehead Lighthouse or the Lake Erie life preserver. Click here to support Ohio's Lake Erie Protection Fund!

More than $12 million has been distributed to over 365 projects since 1993. The projects have also attracted significant amount of federal funding into Ohio, as projects are often matched with funds from various federal agencies.


Interested in applying for a Lake Erie Protection Fund grant? Click here for more information


Lake Erie Protection Fund Final Reports

Final Reports for past projects can be found here

Summary of Recent Award Recipients

FY 2006 - Present: Award Recipients

Other State Grant Funding Sources

Ohio EPA

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Ohio Department of Agriculture

Clean Ohio Fund