Association of State Floodplain Managers
Strengthening Coastal Communities Resilience in the Great Lakes Region (multiple states)
Engage coastal shoreline communities in the Great Lakes region in a formal scenario-based process to identify local flood vulnerabilities and to convene complementary regional capacity building workshops to help participating communities prioritize strategies and projects that address identified vulnerabilities. Project will give coastal communities a better understanding of local coastal resilience issues and how to incorporate nature-based solution into plans, and build regional collaboration.

Ducks Unlimited
Coordinating Cover Crop Adoption to Conserve Natural Resources (IN, MI)
Coordinate and increase capacity for technical and financial support to help farmers increase the adoption of cover crops in corn, soybean and wheat systems in Indiana and Michigan. Project will support the adoption of cover crops on 75,000 acres to enhance soil health, improve water resources, and provide benefit to wildlife while providing economic benefits to participating farmers.

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
Facilitating Development of Coastal Resilience Projects for Great Lakes Shoreline Communities
Enable communities to develop implementation of projects that prevent or minimize impacts in coastal areas and facilitating collaboration on coastal resilience needs and opportunities. Project will work with coastal communities to assess critical coastal resilience needs; identify solutions for mitigating risks to community infrastructure; assess project feasibility; outline project development needs and funding; and provide direction on next steps to implement coastal resilience projects.

Groundwork Ohio River Valley
Connecting Youth to Regional Leaders in Conservation Across the Ohio River Valley (OH, IN)
Restore 15 acres in the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge and in Cincinnati neighborhoods through mapping native and non-native plants, invasive species removal, seed collection and propagation and native replanting. Project will work with 100 paid youth green workforce development fellows across eight sites to cultivate regional environmental knowledge and support urban communities facing adverse climate challenges.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
Community-Based Habitat Restoration in Parks along Pogue’s Run and Pleasant Run (IN)
Engage community volunteers to restore 9.3 acres along 1 mile of riparian habitat in Brookside Park and Emhardt Stadium Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. Project will engage and provide environmental education for 150 community and corporate volunteers, train 10 college students, open public views and access to the waterways through removal of invasives, and improve the herbaceous layer of the understory with 950 native shrubs and trees.

Little River Wetlands Project
Urban Forested Wetland Restoration Including Enhancements of Pollinator and Turtle Habitats (IN)
Restore 12.5 acres of emergent wetland and forested wetland habitats to support the return of pollinators and state-endangered Blandings turtles in an urban setting. Project will engage community members in the Seed to Marsh program, which teaches participants how to propagate native plants.

Implementing Shared Services to Maintain Nature-based Infrastructure in the Calumet Region (IL, IN)
Reduce localized flooding and prevent pollution from entering priority waterways by maintaining green stormwater infrastructure for communities in Illinois and northwest Indiana disproportionately impacted by flooding. Project will provide community-based training and enhance over 1 million square-feet of nature-based infrastructure for self-sustaining maintenance.

Pollinator Partnership
Expanding Inclusive Outreach on Working Lands Conservation for Monarch Butterflies (IN, OH)
Provide hands-on technical assistance paired with a series of in-person and virtual activities to help a variety of landowners learn about the Working Lands for Wildlife and Farm Bill programs and how to enroll. Project will expand landowner outreach and increase implementation of Farm Bill programs to help accelerate adoption of conservation practices that support habitat for monarch butterflies and other species of concern in Indiana and Ohio.

Save the Dunes Conservation Fund
Enhancing Corridor Health of the East Branch of the Little Calumet River (IN)
Restore and improve habitat and public access along the East Branch of the Little Calumet River corridor to enhance water quality, wildlife habitat and stormwater storage. Project will advance regional goals through a collaborative approach and restore 32 acres of prairie and floodplain habitat, control invasive species on 45 acres and create 7.7 miles of riverfront trails.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust
Improving Riparian Habitat and Public Access to Deep River in New Chicago (IN)
Restore riparian habitat for birds and improve public greenspace in underserved community through habitat restoration, invasive species control and installing green stormwater infrastructure along Deep River in the town of New Chicago. Project will improve 0.55 acres of public greenspace through community-led process and restore 23.7 acres of riparian bird habitat.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust
Water Quality Monitoring and Watershed Stewardship in the Little Calumet River-Galien Watershed (IN)
Develop and establish a volunteer water quality monitoring program and volunteer watershed stewardship events in the Little Calumet River-Galien watershed. Project will engage community members, students, educators and a diverse group of local partners across the watershed through water quality monitoring training and monthly monitoring of key sites, outreach and education around the importance of protecting water quality and public events to cultivate community watershed stewardship.

The Nature Conservancy
Providing Technical Assistance to Agricultural Retailers to Advance Sustainable Agricultural Practices (IN)
Increase conservation agronomist capacity to utilize precision agriculture data to advance on-farm conservation implementation. The position will expand collaborative public-private partnerships by empowering agricultural retailers to deliver technical assistance to farmers to advance incentive-based approach for private lands conservation, sustainable agricultural practices, and positive environmental outcomes focused on soil health, nutrient management, water quality, and habitat in southern Indiana.

The Student Conservation Association
Calumet Tree Conservation Corps (IN)
Reduce stormwater runoff and create urban habitat by planting 500 new trees in northwest Indiana. Project will build upon previous investments and continue to improve water quality at a regional scale while engaging the community and volunteers.