Apply for a grant – Be a Great Lakes Guardian

Ontario is calling on not-for-profit community groups, youth groups, schools, First Nations and Métis communities and other local groups to help protect and restore their part of the Great Lakes by applying for a Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund grant. The fund, now in its fourth year,supports community projects with a direct environmental benefit such as:

  • planting trees
  • creating rain gardens
  • restoring wetland habitat
  • controlling invasive species
  • cleaning up a beach or shoreline
  • naturalizing stream banks and shorelines.
You can get a grant of up to $25,000 for your project. Smaller projects are also encouraged. This year’s fund will award $1.5 million in total for eligible projects. Since 2012, $4.5M has been awarded to 221 community-based projects.
Projects must be completed by February 2017. Visit for the step by step instructions on “How to apply” and download the application form. Applications will be accepted until October 23, 2015

Ecological Restoration on Belle Isle

Have you taken a trip to Belle Isle lately? If not, it’s about time you did! The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has initiated an extensive ecological restoration program at Belle Isle with support from Friends of Detroit River. Some of the projects include:

  • Blue Heron Lagoon restoration, while linking some of the waterways surrounding the island, providing fish, frogs, turtles and snakes with a place for spawning and growth
  • Invasive species control, including phragmites, reed canary grass, and Japanese knotweed
  • South Fishing Pier improvements

For more information, check out an interactive map and interviews with WDET’s Sandra Svoboda, as she takes a tour of the east end of Belle Isle with Sam Lovall, project manager for Friends of the Detroit River.

Get Involved!

From tree plantings and clean ups, to advocacy and education programs, CLICK HERE to find out how you can be involved with protecting and enhancing the Detroit River.