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GLS Federal Grants Toolkit



The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (GLS) 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, a searchable website which provides information on all discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies. Additionally, 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:

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