Lake Erie Protection Fund

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission administers Ohio’s Lake Erie Protection Fund, which was established to finance research and on-the-ground projects aimed at protecting, preserving and restoring Lake Erie and its watershed. Projects focus on critical issues facing Lake Erie, including: nutrient reduction, beneficial use of dredged material, water quality protection, fisheries management, wetlands restoration, watershed planning, invasive species, algal bloom research, Lake Erie ecological shifts, and environmental measurements. 

The Fund is supported through tax-deductible donation online via PayPal, by check, or through purchase of a Lake Erie license plate featuring the Marblehead Lighthouse, Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, or Lake Erie life preserver. More than $12 million has been distributed to over 365 projects since 1993. Click here to support Ohio's Lake Erie Protection Fund!

GLRI Grant RFP: The Commission is administering GLRI Grant 00E02397 from USEPA entitled "Implementing Ohio’s Domestic Action Plan 2018". We are currently seeking project proposals under this grant. Please see the RFP and the application for more details. Note that this opportunity has some strict limitations on locations and types of projects. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting April 17 and are now due NO LATER THAN June 30, 2020. 

State LEPF Grants will be available in the state fiscal year 2020 (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020). Projects must assist with the implementation of the Lake Erie Protection and Restoration Plan. Grants will be available up to $50,000

Submit all grant applications, contracts, project reports and accounting forms by email to the Ohio Lake Erie Commission at

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

Ohio Lake Erie Commission
105 West 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 Ohio Lake Erie Commission Office to discuss your project (please call 614-506-0619).  If you have problems with the application forms or have questions on filling out the application form, please contact us.

Quarter Application Due Date* Commission Meeting Date*
  Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020)
1 May 1, 2020 June,  17, 2020

* Dates subject to change.

The LEPF Grants Review Committee is meeting on Thursday, May 28 from 9am-12pm through a webinar. For more information go here.

LEPF Grant Application

Application Form (pdf) - Use the application form to apply for a LEPF grant.   If you have problems with the application form, please contact the Ohio Lake Erie Commission. Please note: An Agency Advisor is no longer required for the LEPF. This information will not need to be included on the cover page of the application..Please see page 4 of the Application Form.

Additional Grant Documentation

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 Grants Information page or Ohio EPA's Grants Landing page.

LEPF Forms

The following forms should be used for all grant applications and reports submitted for State Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020)

Application Form

Interim Report

Revision & Extension Request

Final Report Guidance

Final Accounting

Frequently Asked Questions

Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan

Final Reports for past LEPF Grants 


Samples of past applications are available by request.