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Request for Pre-Proposals: Great Lakes Fisheries Research



The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) is inviting pre-proposals from non-profit organizations, including educational institutions and governmental agencies, for grant funds in the category of Great Lakes Fisheries Research.  Please review the enclosed pre-proposal requirements for more details.

Background Information
The GLFT is a unique funding source established as part of a legal settlement to mitigate fish losses caused by the operation of the Ludington Pumped Storage Facility.  The GLFT is administered by a six-member board of trustees and two provisional trustees representing the plaintiffs in the legal case.  The Scientific Advisory Team (SAT) is made up of technical advisors of all parties to the settlement and other fisheries scientists designated under the terms of the settlement agreement.  The SAT advises the GLFT on grant projects.  Further information on the GLFT can be found on our WEB site (http://www.glft.org).

Other Funding Areas
Under the provisions of the settlement, the GLFT is authorized to provide grants in a number of categories to enhance Great Lakes fisheries including angler access, rehabilitation of fish populations, fisheries research, fisheries habitat protection and enhancement, public education about the fishery and property acquisition related to these purposes.  At its August 1998 meeting, the GLFT approved a schedule for the 1998-99 grant cycle for general solicitation of pre-proposal grant applications in three of the grant categories. Proposals for the first two funding categories, Great Lakes Fishing Access and Rehabilitation of Great Lakes Fish Populations, were solicited in October 1998. The application deadline for these two categories was November 30, 1998 and awards are scheduled for May 1999. 

In 1999 the GLFT will be conducting program evaluations and needs assessments in the categories of fisheries habitat and public education.  No general solicitation for new projects in these two remaining categories will be made in the 1998-99 grant cycle.  This announcement covers the third grant category, Great Lakes Fisheries Research.

Review Process
The SAT will screen fisheries research pre-proposals on behalf of the GLFT based on the guidelines attached to this announcement.  All organizations submitting pre-proposals will be notified of the decisions of the SAT and successful applicants will be provided directions for preparation of full proposals.  Full proposals may be subjected to a peer review process.  The SAT will evaluate the full proposals and make its final recommendations for funding to the GLFT.  Fisheries research grants are targeted for award in August 1999.

Supplemental Information
If you are interested in submitting a fisheries research pre-proposal, we encourage you to access additional information on the GLFT Web site.   In addition to the application materials, you can download a copy of the GLFT Strategic Plan and access information on the seven pilot projects funded by the GLFT in 1998.  Please note that the GLFT policies limiting the amount of any grant that can be used for overhead/administrative cost and equipment is attached to this announcement.

Forwarding Announcement
We encourage you to share this pre-proposal announcement with other individuals and organizations that you believe may be interested in applying for a grant.   We also encourage anyone interested in receiving future announcements to contact us by telephone, mail, or e-mail.  If you do not wish to receive further announcements or wish to correct an address, please contact us.

Additional Questions
If after reviewing this information you have further questions about the pre-proposal process, please contact Chris Monsma (SAT Coordinator), Kelly Stewart (Assistant Trust Manager), or me. 


Jack D. Bails,
Trust Manager
Great Lakes Fishery Trust
600 West St. Joseph St., Suite 10
Lansing, MI 48933-2265

Phone: (517) 371-7468
Fax: (517) 484-4954
Electronic Mail: glft@pscinc.com
Web Site: http://www.glft.org