MDNR Aquatic Habitat Grant Program, Deadline Aug. 27 (Pre-Proposals)

Projects that focus on affecting key processes, as opposed to treating symptoms, will be given priority. Key processes include hydrology, connectivity, material recruitment and movement, geomorphology, and water quality.

Eligibility: Any local, state, federal, or tribal units of government, or non-profit groups.

Application Process:

  • Submittal of a pre-proposal
  • Evaluation by DNR staff
  • Submittal of a full grant application (invitation based)
  • Evaluation by DNR staff
  • Final approval of grant awards by the DNR Director

Invitation to submit full applications begins late September
Full applications due mid-November
Awards announced by mid-April
Project period begins upon execution of grant agreement
Project periods are one and a half years (two construction seasons)

Grant Limits:

Minimum grant request amount: $25,000
Maximum grant request amount: Amount of funds appropriated in a given fiscal year, typically around $1.25 million
Minimum match of 10% is required

 

MDNR Aquatic Habitat Grant Program, Deadline Aug. 27 (Pre-Proposals)

Rural Initiative Grants, Deadline Oct. 3

THE LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND wants to encourage collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions in a number of civic areas including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education.

PRIORITY IS PLACED ON PROJECTS THAT:

Bring together a broad range of community members and institutions
Provide the opportunity for diverse community members to work together
Contain measurable short-term outcomes within the first 12 to 18 months
Include community members actively in all phases of the process
Work toward an outcome of positive change within their community

PROJECTS MUST DEMONSTRATE:

Support from a diverse cross-section of community members and institutions
Matching financial and/or in-kind support from the local community
Significant volunteer participation
Reasonable plans to complete the project within 18 months or less

LIMITS OF GEOGRAPHY:

Programs in Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas (Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy, and Starr counties only), and Wyoming may apply
The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer and must be able to demonstrate rural characteristics of their location

FUNDS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR:

Planning (up to $5,000) – These funds may support costs like: consultant or staff time, meeting costs, mailings, secretarial support, refreshments, local travel, childcare, etc. Note – this stage is optional and not a required phase prior to applying for or receiving an implementation grant. If an organization receives a planning grant from the Musser Fund, this in no way implies a commitment on the part of the Musser Fund to provide the organization with any subsequent implementation grant. But organizations that receive a planning grant may apply for subsequent implementation support after their planning activities are completed.

Implementation (Up to $25,000) – These funds are available to implement community based rural projects that originate in, have been planned by, and involve diverse people from the local community. The projects should result in a tangible outcome within at least the first 18 months.

Projects will be eligible for either planning or implementation funds during any one grant period.

WHAT THE PROGRAM WILL COVER:

New programs or projects within their first three years
A planning or implementation phase

WHAT WILL NOT BE FUNDED:

Capital campaigns and large capital expenses
General operating support
Ongoing program support

WHO CAN APPLY:

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
Local units of Government

Contact us for more information about this program. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Rural Initiative Grants, Deadline Oct. 3

Shore-based Fishing Improvement Grants, Deadline Aug. 23

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust’s Access to the Great Lakes Fishery grant category focuses on significantly increasing access to the Great Lakes fishery for shore-based angling and tribal commercial fishing, in Michigan.

Up to $500,000 is available for access projects in 2018.

The GLFT supports its access goals through a combination of competitive and funder-directed grantmaking. Supported activities may include:
1. Construction of new access sites
2. Upgrades and renovations to existing access sites
3. Engineering and feasibility studies for proposed access sites
4. Land acquisition to support subsequent access site development

This information is reposted as a service to our subscribers. Contact us for more information, to learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Shore-based Fishing Improvement Grants, Deadline Aug. 23

Snowmobile Trail Grants, Deadline July 1

The purpose of the recreational and snowmobile trail grant program is to provide financial assistance to local units of government and incorporated nonprofit groups for the development and maintenance of snowmobile trails. Funds are allocated and paid to the grantees on a reimbursement basis through a formal grant agreement between the grantee and the Department. Funds are available for development of new snowmobile trails; maintenance of existing trails including grooming, signing and brushing of the trails; leases, easements or permits for public snowmobile trails on private lands; comprehensive/collision insurance for grooming equipment and trail liability insurance.

PROGRAM GOALS: STATEWIDE TRAILS INITIATIVE The Michigan snowmobile trail program began as a small, loop trail system, with the goal of tying these loops together into an interconnected system of trails. Now, the primary long-term goal of the Michigan snowmobile program is the development of an interconnected network of groomed snowmobile trails from the Michigan-Indiana border to the Mackinac Bridge and from the Mackinac Bridge to Ironwood. Acquisition, establishment, and use of abandoned railroad corridors are critical to accomplishing this goal.

A second long-term goal is to establish a system of permanent, public land trails throughout the State. Many trails were required to be rerouted as private lands changed ownership, and even trails on public lands have been relocated. The Department continues to seek conversion of abandoned railroad grades and other corridors throughout the State, as well as establishing permanent trail corridors on public lands through acquisition of land or rights in land.

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • Counties
  • Townships
  • Cities
  • Villages
  • Non-profits, including clubs

WHAT IS ELIGIBLE FOR GRANT FUNDING?

  • Trail Grooming
  • Lease Payments
  • Off season Maintenance
  • New Trail Development
  • Liability Insurance Premiums
  • Installation of signs
  • Equipment

Contact us for more information on this program. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

 

Snowmobile Trail Grants, Deadline July 1

Invasive Species Control Grants, Pre-Proposals Due June 13

Grant Post May 2, 2018

Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP)
The Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development work together to address strategic issues of prevention, detection, eradication, and control for both terrestrial and aquatic invasive species in Michigan.

Projects must support the overalls goals of the MISGP:
• Prevent new invasive species introductions.
• Strengthen statewide invasive species early detection and response network.
• Limit the dispersal of recently confirmed invasive species.
• Manage and control widespread, long-established invasive species.

Eligibility:
• Local, state*, federal or tribal units of government
• Non-profit organizations
• Universities
*State agencies should contact the MISGP contact prior to preparing an application.

The minimum grant amount is $25,000 with maximum grant amounts between $60,000 and $400,000 depending on the type of project.

Reposted as a public service. Contact us for more information on this program. To learn more about GFA please visit us at http://gfa.tc.

Invasive Species Control Grants, Pre-Proposals Due June 13

Recreational Soccer Grants, Deadline Oct. 5

Recreational Grant Any league or club currently affiliated with the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association may apply for a grant. The following are ideas for grant topics, but are, by no means, the only ideas that may be successful; outreach to schools to increase membership, setting up a play day or tournament, long-range-planning process, player/coach handbook, financial software, startup newsletter costs, training equipment, coaching education, web page development, computer, software, etc.

Recreational Tournament Grant Recreational Grants totaling $15,000 will be made for the purpose of enhancing existing recreational soccer tournaments within the State of Michigan. Any recreational tournament currently sanctioned by the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association may apply for a grant. Due to the limited nature of the grant monies available, the grants are designed to be small and no grant amount over $3,000 will be awarded. It is anticipated that most grants will be in the $500 range and can consist of certificates, cash or in-kind services.


MSYSA Recreational Grant Package (Recreational Leagues) Recently, the Great Lakes Soccer League, a member organization of MSYSA, ceased operation and expressed their sincerest gratitude to their members, players, parents and the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association. To continue the development and opportunities Great Lakes Soccer League once provided, they’ve donated recreational funds specific to the betterment of youth recreational soccer in Michigan. Recreational grants totaling $30,000 will be made available for the purpose of enhancing recreational soccer club and leagues within the State of Michigan. Any league or club currently affiliated with the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association may apply for a grant.


All 2019 MSYSA Recreational Grant Applications are due on or before October 5, 2018.

Contact us for more information on this program. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

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Recreational Soccer Grants, Deadline Oct. 5

Community Broadband Grants, Deadline May 14

Grant Update – This program helps fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service.

Who may apply?
Eligible applicants include:

  • Most State and local governments
  • Federally-recognized Tribes
  • Non-profits
  • For-profit corporations

What is an eligible area?
Rural areas that lack any existing broadband speed of at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream is eligible.

  • The Application Guide provides guidance on rural areas currently eligible for Community Connect Grants

How may the funds be used?

  • The construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, spectrum, land or buildings used to deploy broadband service for:
    • all residential and business customers located within the Proposed Funded Service Area (PFSA)
    • all participating critical community facilities (such as public schools, fire stations, and public libraries)
  • The cost of providing broadband service free of charge to the critical community facilities for 2 years
  • Less than 10% of the grant amount or up to $150,000 may be used for the improvement, expansion, construction or acquisition of a community center that provides online access to the public

Are there other grant requirements?

  • Buildings constructed with grant funds must be located on property owned by the awardee
  • Leasing expenses will only be covered through the advance of funds period included in the award documents
  • Grantees must have legal authority to provide, construct, operate and maintain the proposed facilities or services
  • Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and non-profit entities are encouraged
  • For additional detail see Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR, Part 1739

Are there any other grant requirements?

  • Matching funds of at least 15% from non-federal sources are required and can be used for operating costs

Contact us for more information about this grant program. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Community Broadband Grants, Deadline May 14

Equestrian Trail Grants, Deadline Apr. 18

The Michigan Horse Council has reinstated trail grants and they are available to any Michigan Horse Council member groups. These groups need to be non-profit, non-motorized equestrian trail advocacy organizations that support, expand or improve a public trail or campground open to equestrian use. Additional grants are also allowed by special requests, such as pledges to match projects in partnership with the DNR if it is approved by the DNR.

The purposes of these grants are to assist in the cost of an expansion or improvement of any public trail or campground that is open to equestrian use.

The deadline for this application is April 18, 2018. Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Equestrian Trail Grants, Deadline Apr. 18

NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants, Deadline Mar. 7 (Pre-Proposals)

Up to $15 million may be awarded for coastal resilience projects under the 2018 NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants, available for projects that strengthen Great Lakes coastal communities and ecosystems, improving their resilience to extreme weather or other adverse events.

Building on the success of previous NOAA Coastal Resilience Grant competitions, the grant is funding two types of projects this year. New projects will require a pre-proposal and should focus on resilience through habitat restoration. Funding may also be awarded to projects that strengthen coastal communities, chosen from last year’s high scoring proposals.

Closing date for pre-proposals is March 7, 2018. Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants, Deadline Mar. 7 (Pre-Proposals)

Waterway Cleanup Grants, Deadline Feb. 20

. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and Great Lakes Commission today announced the availability of $25,000 for small grants to support local efforts to clean up Michigan rivers, streams and creeks.

Michigan’s Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program provides grants to local units of government to help clean Michigan waterways. Local units of government may partner with nonprofit organizations or other volunteer groups to carry out the work. A 25 percent minimum local match is required.

The program is funded by fees from the sale of Michigan’s specialty water quality protection license plates, available from the Secretary of State’s Office.

The application deadline is Feb. 20, 2018.  Applications are reviewed and assessed by the MDEQ and Great Lakes Commission, with final decisions anticipated in early May 2018.

To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Waterway Cleanup Grants, Deadline Feb. 20