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 Department of Natural Resources
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Clean Ohio Fund
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report