Government of Canada - Funding for preventing toxic and nuisance algae


Government of Canada (Great Lakes Protection Initiative)


 Funding for preventing toxic and nuisance algae

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An objective of the Great Lakes Protection Initiative is to decrease loadings of phosphorus to Lake Erie from Canadian sources. To assist in achieving this objective, funding is available to support projects aimed at increasing participation in the application of phosphorus load reduction measures by implementing innovative approaches and best management practices, and promoting their broad uptake and application by others.

Funding will support projects within the Lake Erie Canadian watershed.  While project submissions situated anywhere within the Lake Erie watershed will be considered for funding, priority will be given to projects located within regions that have been identified as high contributing areas for phosphorus loads to Lake Erie, including the Thames River watershed, Grand River watershed and Leamington tributaries.  Priority will also be given to projects focused on reducing phosphorus loads from agricultural and non-point urban sources.


Eligible costs

Only costs which can be directly attributed to carrying out the project will be eligible for funding, including:

  • human resource costs, including salaries and benefits
  • management and professional service costs, such as accounting, monitoring, communications, official languages translation, audit and legal charges
  • travel
  • material and supplies costs
  • printing, production and distribution costs
  • equipment and capital assets purchase or rental
  • vehicle rental and operation costs
  • contractors required to perform activities related to the project
  • cost associated with land acquisition or other means of land securement (such as leases, easements, covenants or servitudes)
  • a reasonable share of overhead and/or administrative costs
  • any GST/HST that is not reimbursable by Canada Revenue Agency and any PST not reimbursable by the provinces
  • other incremental expenditures directly related to the project (as pre-approved by the Government of Canada)

Maximum Project Value

The maximum amount available for any one project is $600,000. Project proponents are strongly encouraged to seek other sources of funding and/or in-kind project support

Project Duration

Funding is available between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2022. Projects may be multiyear in nature.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Submit the full application and signed OR-5 to Office of Research (

External Deadline

Applications can be submitted via email to:

How to Apply

Please contact for a copy of the application form. To apply for funding, you will require the following information:

  • group information:
    • provide basic information about your group and mandate
  • project contacts:
    • provide contact details for the project proposal
  • project summary:
    • provide basic information about the proposed project, including the name and location of the project, the date it will be completed, the total cost of the project and the amount you are requesting, and a brief general description of the proposed project
    • if your project is approved for funding, the summary description you provide in your application may be made available to the public
  • budget:
    • outline the budget of the proposed project and give an estimation of its expenses
    • the application form requires forecasted expenditures to be organized by category (for example: human resources; materials, supplies and equipment; other expenditures)
    • you are also required to provide details regarding fiscal year breakdown and other funding sources, if applicable
    • the estimated cost of all project expenditures should reflect fair market values at the standard rate for that product or service in your area
  • detailed project information:
    • provide information about various aspects of the proposed project, including how it meets eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria
    • this information will be assessed through the two-stage review process for project proposals – including the administrative review and the project evaluation
  • project work plan:
    • outline the project schedule, including milestones and project activities that will be undertaken
  • evaluation plan:
    • outline how project goals and objectives will be met
  • outreach plan:
    • provide details on how the project will promote uptake to a wider community to foster the adoption of best management practices and partner organizations that will be involved
    • plans must also outline communities and / or networks that will be targeted and how they will be reached
    • description of outreach activities, products and timelines must be included
  • other relevant information:
    • provide further information relevant to the project that was not captured elsewhere in the form, if needed
  • certification:
    • certify that information provided in the application form is accurate and that you, as the applicant, have authorization to sign on behalf of the group

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact

Government contact for program:

Office of Research

Amy Bossaer, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x58613

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