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SLSDC Federal Grants Toolkit


The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) has developed an easy-to-use Federal Grants Toolkit. This toolkit offers a snapshot of the vital tools, information, and resources needed to identify those federal agencies and processes which offer financial assistance to maritime stakeholders seeking to accomplish diverse tasks, including infrastructure, environmental, and intermodal development projects. Similar information was initially compiled by the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS). The CMTS manual entitled Federal Funding Handbook: Maritime Transportation System Infrastructure is another excellent resource for interested maritime stakeholders.

Read on for more information about targeting searches, drafting proposals, identifying federal agencies, and submitting grant packages.

Federal Agencies Offering Grants

In addition to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), a wide variety of U.S. federal agencies offer grants and other financial assistance to interested organization. All funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) are available online at www.Grants.gov, a searchable website which provides information on all discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies. Additionally, Grants.gov provides an overview of the process to apply for federal grants. Visit the following webpages for agency-specific grant information:

Federal Grant Categories Pertinent to Maritime Industries

Within the federal government, Seaway stakeholders may wish to target grant and financial opportunities specific to different maritime projects. Examples include:

Other Resources

A variety of web-based resources exist that can help applicants in identifying FOAs and submitting complete, well-written grant packages. Examples include:


Updated for Seaway Stakeholders!

Federal Grant Opportunity for July and August 2014!

Seaway stakeholders eager to put their skills and energy to work restoring the Great Lakes should check out grant programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The EPA has $27.5 million available for applicants addressing any of up to 30 projects in three categories:  invasive species control; watershed management implementation; and sediment reduction projects in priority watersheds. The EPA grant deadline is August 25, 2014.  For details, log on to www.grants.gov and key in the funding opportunity title: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Request for Applications.  The Funding Opportunity Number (FOA) is EPA-R5-GL2014-2.  Sustainable commerce in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System requires public commitment to ensuring protection and nurture of the ‘Green Marine’ System and participating in Great Lakes restoration projects and research is a unique and productive opportunity for all Seaway stakeholders!

Updated: Thursday, December 18, 2014