Funding and Resources

Funding Opportunities:

Great Lakes Sustainability Fund:
The Great Lakes Sustainability Fund (GLSF) was created by Environment Canada to accelerate the work being done on Canada’s remaining Areas of Concern, and provides technical and financial support to initiatives that serve to protect and restore the environment.
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Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund:
The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund (GLGCF) was created by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to help communities take action to protect and restore their corner of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin.
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Great Lakes Protection Fund:
The Great Lakes Protection Fund’s (GLPF) mission is to identify, demonstrate, and promote regional action to enhance the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.
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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) was launched in 2010 to tackle the long-standing problems and emerging challenges that must be addressed to revitalize the Great Lakes ecosystem.
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Sault Ste. Marie Community Development Corporation’s Local Initiatives Fund:
The CDC delivers a Local Initiatives Fund (LIF) which is financially supported by FedNor/Industry Canada. This fund allows the CDC to provide financial contributions to not–for–profit organizations which support incremental local community economic development projects/initiatives that conform to the CDC’s mandate.
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Ontario Trillium Foundation:
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) enables Ontarians to work together to enhance the quality of life in their communities. We believe that communities across Ontario are rich in talent, creativity and drive, and our grants stimulate communities to build on these assets.
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Evergreen Foundation:
The Evergreen Foundation is one of Canada’s leading funders of community and school greening projects.
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Canadian and United States Government Agencies:

Canadian Forest Service:
The Canadian Forest Service (CFS) promotes the sustainable development of Canada’s forests and the competitiveness of the Canadian forest sector.
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Michigan Department of Environmental Quality:
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is dedicated to protecting human health and the environment while fostering a healthy economy by effective and efficient administration of agency programs, and by providing for use of innovative strategies.
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Michigan Department of Natural Resources:
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.
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Environment Canada:
Environment Canada (EC) is a department of the federal government responsible for protecting the environment, conserving the country’s natural heritage and providing weather and environmental predictions to keep Canadians informed and safe. The link leads to information pertaining to the Canadian Federal Great Lakes Program implemented by the EC.
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Fisheries and Oceans Canada:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is the lead federal government department in control of developing and implementing policies and programs in support of Canada’s economic, ecological and scientific interests in oceans and inland waters.
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Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources:
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) works to promote healthy and sustainable ecosystems, conserve biodiversity, promote economic opportunities, manage Ontario’s Crown land, and conduct scientific research—applying the findings to develop effective resource management policies.  The link leads to the portion of the site that relates to the Great Lakes.
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Ontario Ministry of the Environment:
The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) is responsible for protecting clean and safe air, land and water to ensure healthy communities, ecological protection and sustainable development for present and future generations of Ontarians. The link directs you to the Great Lakes section of the site.
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United States Environmental Protection Agency:
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure both environmental and human health protection.
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Academic Institutions:

Algoma University:
Algoma University (AU) is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
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Sault College:
Sault College (SC) is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
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Lake Superior State University:
Lake Superior State University (LSSU) is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
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LSSU Aquatic Research Laboratory:
The LSSU Aquatic Research Laboratory (ARL)—situated on the St. Marys River in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan—combines education and research on aquatic biota and their associated habitats within the Great Lakes basin to serve the academic, scientific, and public communities.
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LSSU ARL Live Streaming FishCam:
The LSSU ARL Live Streaming FishCam is located in St. Marys River, Michigan, downstream from the LSSU ARL Atlantic salmon fish hatchery.
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Lakehead University Centre for Analytical Services:
Lakehead University Centre for Analytical Services (LUCAS) (located in Thunder Bay, Ontario) combines experienced technical staff, internationally recognized researchers and unique technology of the university, offering a wide range of scientific testing in a single location.
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Tribal/First Nations Resources:

Bay Mills Indian Community:
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Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians:
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Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority:
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Other Important Stake-holder Resources:

Algoma Public Health:
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Chippewa County Health Department:
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City of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan:
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City of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario:
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Great Lakes Commission:
The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) is an agency consisting of the Great Lake states, in cooperation with Ontario and Quebec.  GLC promotes the orderly, integrated and comprehensive development, use and conservation of the water and related natural resources of the Great Lakes basin and St. Lawrence River.
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Great Lakes Fisheries Commission:
The Great Lakes Fisheries Commission (GLFC) coordinates fisheries research, controls the invasive sea lamprey, and facilitates cooperative fishery management among Canadian and U.S. management agencies.
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Great Lakes Information Network:
The Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) is a partnership that provides a place for people to find information relating to the binational Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region of North America.
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International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives – Local Governments for Sustainability:
The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level. The basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.
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International Joint Commission:
The International Joint Commission (IJC) assists governments in finding solutions to problems in the larger rivers and lakes that lie along, or flow across, the border between the United States and Canada. The two countries cooperate to manage these waters wisely and to protect them for the benefit of today’s citizens and future generations.
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Lake Superior Binational Forum:
The Lake Superior Binational Forum is composed of members from both Canada and America, and works to further consultation and participation among government, industry and environmental stakeholders on the restoration and protection of Lake Superior.
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Lake Superior Binational Program:
Government, tribal agencies, and interested groups from Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario and Wisconsin, along with federal governments from Canada and the U.S., have taken steps that will restore degraded areas and protect Lake Superior through activities such as pollution prevention, enhanced regulatory measures and cleanup programs.
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Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre:
The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre was founded in 1999 and serves as a catalyst for growth in the IT, science and knowledge based sectors in the Algoma District.
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Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority:
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (SSMRCA) is a corporate body and one of 36 Conservation Authority’s in Ontario which create a network of independent corporate organizations involved in conservation and resource management. The link will lead to the St. Marys River section of the website.
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