Marquette, MI – The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) is announcing new Great Lakes education grants for K-12 schools in Marquette, Alger, Delta and Schoolcraft counties. Individual grant awards can be up to $2,500. To date the SWP has provided over $24,000 in grants to area schools for a wide range of projects that encourage Great Lakes stewardship through place-based education and professional development for K-12 teachers. The SWP education program is called the Upper Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

Funding is available to K-12 educators but schools are encouraged to collaborate with community partners. Grants are intended to inspire youth to participate in academic projects that lead to stewardship within the Great Lakes watershed and serve as a catalyst for place-based service learning in schools and communities in the Upper Peninsula. The grants are also intended to encourage teachers to implement what they learn through professional development. Funding may be used to support substitute teacher release time, transportation, professional learning activities, supplies and materials, community events/presentations, partner time, and mileage. Individual grant awards will range between $250 and $2,500. All awarded grant funds must be spent and final reports submitted to SWP by June 30, 2017. 

The SWP received funding through the Great Lakes Fishery Trust and established the Upper Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative in 2013 to foster the next generation of stewards through hands-on learning in Alger, Delta, Marquette and Schoolcraft Counties. The Superior Watershed Partnership serves as the regional hub, in collaboration with the Seaborg Math and Science Center at Northern Michigan University and the Marquette Alger Regional Educational Service Agency (MARESA). Since 2015, this program has funded 13 separate projects with regional schools. There are nine Great Lakes education hubs in Michigan.

Proposals can be submitted via email to the Superior Watershed Partnership. For more information and application documents, please click the link below or contact Abbie Debiak:

RFP and Application (Word Document)

Questions? Contact: Abbie Debiak


 (906)228-6095 ext. 11