Waterways Grant Program Changes

Rec plans now need to be included as part of the submission package!

The Department of Natural Resources’ Parks and Recreation Division recently announced a schedule of workshops to discuss the inclusion of a five-year plan as part of the DNR’s Waterways Program Grant application process.

This change will allow communities to incorporate local harbors into their budget process just like any other community asset., encouraging a more holistic approach to long-term community goals and recreational benefits to their communities. The Michigan State Waterways Commission, an advisory group to the DNR, has reviewed the proposal to add the plans in the application process and is in support of the DNR’s decision to adopt the requirement.

Each community that has received a Waterways Fund grant in the past will be notified through e-mail and postal mail. In addition, waterways staff will hold workshops regionally around the state. There is no cost for the workshops, which are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 11, 9 a.m.-noon
    Holiday Inn Express, 1201 W. Main St., Gaylord.
  • Wednesday, June 18, 9 a.m.-noon
    Franklin Inn, 1070 E. Huron Ave., Bad Axe.
  • Tuesday, June 24, 9 a.m.-noon
    Days Inn, 2403 U.S. Highway 41 W., Marquette.
  • Wednesday, July 9, 9 a.m.-noon
    Holiday Inn-Muskegon Harbor, 939 Third St., Muskegon.

These sessions are open to all interested parties. An RSVP is recommended to reserve a seat; please RSVP to Darlene Moore at 517-284-6138 or moored4@michigan.gov at least five days before each workshop.

The tentative agenda is outlined below:

  • 9-10:30 a.m.: Discuss new requirements for Waterways Program Grants
  • 10:30 a.m.-noon: Review the process from grant application through project completion and learn how to streamline that process
Waterways Grant Program Changes

Community Connect Program, Deadline July 7

The Community Connect program serves rural communities where broadband service is least likely to be available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for citizens. The projects funded by these grants will help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet.


The following entities are eligible for funding:

  • Incorporated Organizations;
  • Indian Tribes or Tribal Organizations, as defined in 25 U.S.C. 450b(e);
  • State or local units of government; or
  • Cooperatives, private corporations or limited liability companies organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis.


The application window for the 2014 Fiscal Year Community Connect program is currently open. Applications must be submitted by July 7, 2014 in order to be considered for funding. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Fund Uses

Grant funds may be used to finance the following:

  • The construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, including spectrum, land or buildings, used to deploy service at the Broadband Grant Speed to all residential and business customers located within the Proposed Funded Service Area (PFSA) and all participating Critical Community Facilities, including funding for up to 10 Computer Access Points to be used in the Community Center. Buildings constructed with grant funds must reside on property owned by the awardee. Leasing costs will only be covered through the advance of funds period included in the award documents;
  • The improvement, expansion, construction, or acquisition of a Community Center and provision of Computer Access Points. Grant funds for the Community Center will be limited to 10% of the requested grant amount. If a community center is constructed with grant funds, the center must reside on property owned by the awardee; and
  • The cost of providing the necessary bandwidth for service free of charge to the Critical Community Facilities for 2 years.

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Community Connect Program, Deadline July 7

Community Policing, Deadline June 23

Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime. Community policing is comprised of three key components:

  • Partnerships
    Collaborative partnerships between the law enforcement agency and the individuals and organizations they serve to develop solutions to problems and increase trust in police.
  • Organizational Transformation
    The alignment of organizational management, structure, personnel, and information systems to support community partnerships and proactive problem solving.
  • Problem Solving
    The process of engaging in the proactive and systematic examination of identified problems to develop and evaluate effective responses.

The 2014 CPD Program will fund projects related to the following topic areas:

  1. Microgrants Initiative, enhanced and expanded for FY 2014;
  2. Microgrants Initiative Coordinator to support and facilitate the Microgrants Initiative;
  3. Critical Response Technical Assistance;
  4. COPS Office Community Policing Issues Forums;
  5. Using Community Policing to Combat Violent Extremism;
  6. Minority Youth Violence Prevention (MYVP) Site Coordinator and Evaluator;
  7. COPS Office Community Policing Development (CPD) Continuation Funding; and
  8. Tribal Training and Technical Assistance.


This solicitation is open to all public governmental agencies, profit and nonprofit institutions, universities, community groups, and faith-based organizations. Proposals should be responsive to the topic selected, significantly advance the field of community policing, and demonstrate an understanding of community policing as it pertains to the application topic. Unless otherwise indicated, initiatives that primarily or solely benefit one or a limited number of law enforcement agencies or other entities will not be considered for funding.

Community Policing, Deadline June 23

Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline July 7


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications from Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses for funding the installation of Renewable Energy Systems or to make Energy Efficiency Improvements. Rural Small Business projects must be located in a rural area with a population of 50,000 or less, while Agricultural Producer projects have no rural limitations. For this funding round, USDA plans to award up to $12.3 million in grants and $57.8 million in guaranteed loans. Additional REAP funds provided by the 2014 Farm Bill will be made available with a subsequent notice.

Applications will be accepted for grants, guaranteed loans, and combined grants and guaranteed loans for the development and construction of Renewable Energy Systems and for the installation of Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects. Grants can cover up to 25 percent of total eligible costs, while Guaranteed loans can cover up to 75 percent of total eligible cost.

Eligible projects in the accepted technology areas include: Anaerobic Digesters, Biomass / Biofuels, Geothermal (including electric generation and direct use), Hydropower projects (30 megawatts or less), Hydrogen, Solar (small and large), Wind (small and large), and Energy Efficiency Improvements.

Examples of Energy Efficiency Improvement projects include, but are not limited to: the installation and replacement to more energy efficient motors, pumps, fans, blowers, compressors, grain dryers, irrigation projects, refrigeration units, ventilation systems, windows, insulation, heating systems, lighting systems, and energy shade curtains.
Grant applications & combined grant and guaranteed loan applications are due to the USDA Rural Development State Office or Area Offices, on or before July 7, 2014.

Guaranteed loan only applications will be accepted on a continual basis, but must be submitted by July 31, 2014 to compete for FY2014 funding.

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Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline July 7

Farmer’s Market Promotion Program, Deadline June 20


The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced the availability of approximately $15 million in competitive grant funds in fiscal year (FY) 2014 to be awarded through the Famers Market Promotion Program. The Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is a component of the Farmers Marketing and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP), which is authorized by the Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3005). The FMPP is a competitive grant program administered by the Marketing Services Division (MSD) of AMS.

The goals of FMPP grants are to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. The minimum FY2014 FMPP award per grant is $15,000 and the maximum is $100,000. An applicant is limited to no more than one grant in a grant-funding year. FMPP funding will be available for use beginning in October 2014. Project work should begin in October 2014 and end not later than October 2016. Matching funds are not required.

Eligible applicants:

  1. Agricultural Business. A business entity that provides, holds, delivers, transports, offers, or sells agricultural products or services.
  2. Agricultural Cooperative. A group-owned or member-owned entity or business that provides, offers, or sells agricultural products or services for the mutual benefit of the members thereof.
  3. Producer Network. A producer group- or member-owned organization or business that provides, offers, or sells agricultural products or services through a common distribution system for the mutual benefit of the members thereof.
  4. Producer Associations. An organization or other business that assists or serves, represents, or serves producers or a producer network.
  5. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network. A formal group of farms that work collectively to offer consumers regular (usually weekly) deliveries of locally-grown farm products during one or more harvest season(s), often on a subscription or membership basis. Customers have access to a selected share or range of farm products offered by the group of farmers based on partial or total advance payment of a subscription or membership fee.
  6. CSA Associations. An organization or other business that assists or serves, represents, or services CSAs or CSA networks.
  7. Local Government. Any unit of government within a State, including a county, borough, municipality, city, town, township, parish, local public authority, special district, school district, intrastate district, council of governments, or other instrumentalities of local government.
  8. Nonprofit Corporation. Any organization or institution, including nonprofits with State or IRS 501 (c) status and accredited institutions of higher education, where no part of the net earnings of which inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
  9. Public Benefit Corporation. A corporation organized to construct or operate a public improvement, the profits from which inure to the benefit of a State(s) or to the people thereof.
  10. Economic Development Corporation. An organization whose mission is the improvement, maintenance, development and/or marketing or promotion of a specific geographic area.
  11. Regional Famers Market Authority. An entity that establishes and enforces regional, State, or county policies and jurisdiction over State, regional, or county farmers markets.
  12. Tribal Government. A governing body or a governmental agency of any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community (including any native village as defined in section 3 of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, 85 Stat. 688 (43 U.S.C. § 1602)) certified by the Secretary of the Interior as eligible for the special programs and services provided through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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Farmer’s Market Promotion Program, Deadline June 20

Rural Development Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG), Deadline June 13


Program Status: OPEN on May 2, 2014

Estimated Program Funding: $2.25 Million
Maximum Grant Amount: $100,000
Cost Sharing Requirement: None

Eligible applicants: Public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Indian tribes, institutions of higher education, and rural cooperatives are eligible to apply.

Grant funds must be used for projects in rural areas and they can be used for:
– Community economic development
– Technology-based economic development
– Feasibility studies and business plans
– Leadership and entrepreneur training
– Rural business incubators
– Long-term business strategic planning

Rural Development Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG), Deadline June 13