Boating Infrastructure Grants, Deadline Oct. 25


The Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-178) established the Boating Infrastructure Grants Program (BIG) (16 U.S.C. 777g-1) to provide funding to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (States) for the development and maintenance of boating infrastructure facilities for transient, nontrailerable recreational vessels. Nontrailerable recreational vessels are defined as recreational vessels at least 26 feet long operated primarily for pleasure, or leased, rented, or chartered to another for the recreational user’s pleasure. Transient means passing through or by a place, staying up to ten days. The Act amended the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 777). Subsequent reauthorizations of the Act allow expenditures from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and the continuation of BIG.

Some examples of potentially eligible activities include:

(a) Mooring buoys (permanently anchored floats designed to tie up eligible recreational vessels);

(b) Day-docks (tie-up facilities that do not allow overnight use);

(c) Navigational aids (e.g., channel markers, buoys, and directional information);

(d) Transient slips (slips that boaters with eligible recreational vessels occupy for no more than 10 consecutive days);

(e) Safe harbors (facilities protected from waves, wind, tides, ice, currents, etc., that provide a temporary safe anchorage point or harbor of refuge during storms);

(f) Floating docks and fixed piers;

(g) Floating and fixed breakwaters;

(h) Dinghy docks (floating or fixed platforms that boaters with nontrailerable recreational vessels use for a temporary tie-up of their small boats to reach the shore);

(i) Restrooms and showers;

(j) Retaining walls;

(k) Bulkheads;

(l) Dockside utilities;

(m) Pumpout stations;

(n) Recycling and trash receptacles;

(o) Dockside electric service;

(p) Dockside water supplies;

(q) Dockside pay telephones;

(r) Debris deflection booms;

(s) Marine fueling stations; and

(t) One-time dredging, not to exceed 10% of total BIG project costs, including match

Program match amount is 25%. Up to $5.6M is available for Tier 1 projects, $8M for Tier 2 projects.

Grants will be announced in March, 2014.

Contact us for more information!

Boating Infrastructure Grants, Deadline Oct. 25

NWMCOG Placemaking Micro-Grants, Deadline Aug. 2


All city, township, and village governments in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, and Missaukee, and Wexford Counties are eligible to apply. The application can be for cash and/or technical assistance.
On behalf of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Northwest Lower Michigan Collaborative Development Council (CDC), the NWMCOG is accepting applications in the form of clear and concise proposals of no more than 2 pages. Proposals must contain all of the following:
  • Purpose Statement. Summarize the purpose of the project.
  • Background and Need. What has led you to apply for this grant? What is the need for this activity?
  • Project Goals and Activities. In a brief statement, please identify the project goals. What do you hope to achieve? What activities will be completed to meet the community’s needs?
  • Participant Information. Describe your community’s capacity and leadership to complete the project including any groups that will provide assistance.
  • Project Area. Please provide a brief description and/or map.
  • Project Commitment. The proposal must include a commitment to provide either cash or in-kind match within one month of project start-up.
  • Innovation. Does your program/project incorporate a new approach, technique or methodology?
  • Community impact. What will be different in the community if your project is successful? How will the outcomes of the project impact economic development?
 The application review committee will evaluate all applications received. The success of an application will be determined by its completeness and clarity of purpose, the likelihood of project success, and the level of commitment offered by participants. Successful applicants will be notified by no later than August 23, 2013. Grant applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on August 2, 2013
NWMCOG Placemaking Micro-Grants, Deadline Aug. 2

GLRI Grants, Deadline Aug. 14


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued a Request for Applications soliciting applications from states, tribes, local governments, universities, nonprofit organizations, and other eligible organizations for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants and cooperative agreements to be awarded as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative,

EPA will award approximately $9.5 million under this request for applications for about 20 projects, contingent on the availability of appropriations, the quality of applications received and other applicable considerations. This RFA is EPA’s major competitive grant funding opportunity under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for fiscal year 2013. It is one of several funding opportunities available through federal agencies under GLRI. Applications are requested for projects within the following four categories:

  • Reducing exposure to toxic substances from fish consumption
  • Invasive species prevention and control
  • Lake Erie Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative
  • Facilitation of Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) stakeholder forums

A webinar explaining the grant application process will be held at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on Tuesday, July 30.  Register for the webinar:

GLRI Grants, Deadline Aug. 14

Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas, Deadline Sep. 9


Pursuant to section 307 of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, VA “shall establish a grant program to provide innovative transportation options to veterans in highly rural areas.” To comply with section 307, VA will award grants to eligible recipients to assist veterans in highly rural areas through innovative transportation services to travel to VA medical centers and to other VA and non-VA facilities in connection with the provision of VA medical care.

Contact us for more information!

Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Transportation
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards: 55
Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,000,000
Award Ceiling: $50,000
Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas, Deadline Sep. 9

Tribal Wildlife Grant Program, Due Sept. 3


Tribal Wildlife Grants are used to provide technical and financial assistance to Tribes for the development and implementation of programs that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitat. Activities may include, but are not limited to, planning for wildlife and habitat conservation, fish and wildlife conservation and management actions, fish and wildlife related laboratory and field research, natural history studies, habitat mapping, field surveys and population monitoring, habitat preservation, conservation easements, and public education that is relevant to the project. The funds may be used for salaries, equipment, consultant services, subcontracts, acquisitions and travel. Previously funded Tribal Wildlife Grant projects range from comprehensive surveys of plants, fish and wildlife, to habitat and fish restoration, to development of new resource management plans and techniques.

Expected Number of Awards:     23
Estimated Total Program Funding:     $3,925,000
Award Ceiling:     $200,000
Award Floor:     $15,000

Contact us for more information!

Photo: WikiCommons

Tribal Wildlife Grant Program, Due Sept. 3