The Fund for Lake Michigan's grant making is focused on projects in southeastern Wisconsin that will:
- Enhance the ecological health of near shore and coastal areas and the rivers of southeastern Wisconsin through habitat preservation and restoration.
- Improve the quality of the water flowing into Lake Michigan through pollutant reductions including toxins and nutrients such as phosphorus.
At this time, advocacy efforts, general research projects or education are not being funded. The fund will consider applied research that provides information important in advancing on-the-ground conservation. Similarly, education of key constituencies may be considered as a component of outreach plans embedded in watershed or coastal projects.