The Superior Watershed Partnership’s (SWP) Upper Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (Upper GLSI) is announcing new 2018-2019 school year Great Lakes education grants for K-12 schools in Marquette, Alger, Delta and Schoolcraft counties. Individual grant awards can be up to $1,000. Past program awards have supported projects including but not limited to: sustainable schoolyard pollinator and vegetable gardens, construction of traditional North American boats later used for outdoor science-based field trips, as well as river and water quality studies incorporating salmon in the classroom and a special U.P. rivers exhibit at the Marquette Regional History Center.

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 $1,000. Projects will be funded through June 30, 2019.

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 14 separate projects with regional schools. There are nine Great Lakes education hubs in Michigan.


Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but educators are encouraged to contact Upper GLSI staff ASAP, as funding is limited.  Proposals (electronic or hard copy) can be submitted to Abbie Hanson at the Superior Watershed Partnership. For more information and application documents, please visit the links below:

2018-2019 Upper GLSI Grant Application and Instructions

Memorandum of Partnership

Questions? Contact: Abbie Hanson

 (906)228-6095 ext. 11