MI Recycling Grants, Apps Due March 17

Through the 2017 Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program, the DEQ will provide grants to cities, villages, townships, charter townships, counties, tribal governments, municipal solid waste authorities, resource recovery authorities, non-profit organizations, public school districts, local health departments, and regional planning agencies located in Michigan to fund recycling infrastructure projects. Potential infrastructure projects include, but are not limited to: transition from bins to carts, public space recycling containers, creation or improvement of public drop-off recycling, improving existing infrastructure, food waste projects, and electronic waste projects. Household hazardous waste projects and one-day collection events are not eligible for this grant.

The Recycling Infrastructure and Education Grant Programs together have a total of up to $500,000.00 available for grants in fiscal year 2017. Approximately $250,000 will be available under the Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program. The total grant amount requested can be any amount below a maximum grant amount request of $50,000. Grantees are required to provide local matching funds at least equal to 25% of the total grant budget. Local match funding may be greater than 25% of the total grant budget.

Eligible items (This list is not exhaustive)
–Collection and/or processing equipment such as trucks, containers (ex: residential, food waste, electronic waste, public space, public drop-off sites), bins, balers, grinders, conveyors, etc.
–New or improved structure costs such as new buildings or building improvements, new site development or improvements such as a concrete slab or paving, excluding the purchase of real property.
Ineligible Items (This list is not exhaustive)
–Registrations, licenses or permits, fees, taxes, insurance, installation and training costs, office equipment (including computers), indirect or overhead expenses, grant administration, staff expenses, household hazardous waste projects, one-day collection events, etc.

Grantees must expend grant funding to complete purchases and submit all reimbursement requests by August 31, 2018. This is a condensed version of the grant information. GFA is here to assist you, contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

MI Recycling Grants, Apps Due March 17

MDOT Local Bridge Program, Applications Due May 1

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is soliciting applications for candidate projects for the Local Bridge Program. To be eligible for bridge funds, the structure must meet the definition of a bridge, defined as a structure with a total clear span of more than 20 feet, measured along the centerline of the roadway over a stream, watercourse, or opening. For a span bridge, this means the clear opening span, measured face to face at the inside of the abutments, is greater than 20 feet. A multi-unit culvert is considered a bridge if the total length, as measured along the centerline of the roadway, is greater than 20 feet and the distance between the culvert units is less than half the diameter of the smallest unit.

All local agencies are encouraged to submit asset management plans for the applications being submitted. A summary of the local agency’s bridge network asset management plan may also be submitted for review.

Replacement projects involve replacing the entire substructure, superstructure, deck and
necessary approach work. If a multi-use path or sidewalk is planned but does not currently exist, the estimate needs to clearly indicate the costs of these items. If the project is selected for funding, a master plan showing the path or sidewalk must be provided in order for them to be considered participating in the Local Bridge Program.

Rehabilitation is defined as major work required to restore the structural integrity of a bridge, as well as work necessary to correct major safety defects. These projects are required to meet AASHTO guidelines. If a rehabilitation project is over water, a scour analysis will be required during the design phase and the existing foundations will need to be shown to be stable under a scour event. A structure that is not found to be stable during a scour event may not be allowed to proceed to contract. If making the structure stable results in a change in scope, it may be necessary to re-apply during a future call for applications.

Estimated repair costs for bridge rehabilitation projects will vary by the type of work. Include publicly owned utility relocation costs. Examples of rehabilitation work eligible for funding under the program include:
Full deck replacement (with or without painting of steel beams)
Superstructure replacement
Structure widening
Removal of existing bridge without replacement

Preventive Maintenance
Preventative Maintenance applications can be submitted for a single bridge. They may also be submitted for multiple bridges which require similar preventive maintenance work and may be combined into one application. This can include multiple agencies working together to submit one application. A multiple bridge application will count as one of the five applications any one agency is allowed to submit per year. The Region Bridge Councils will review a multiple structure application as one package and will not rate each structure independently. Preventive Maintenance activities are eligible under the Local Bridge Program.

Note: this is a condensed overview of this program. GFA is here to assist you with your grant and transportation-related questions, feel free to contact us. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

MDOT Local Bridge Program, Applications Due May 1

Greenspace Improvement, LOI due Jan. 27

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan invites eligible agencies and organizations to apply for up to $20,000 from this Greenspace Improvement Projects funding opportunity.

The Greenspace Improvement Projects Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks competitive proposals for the implementation of sustainable and equitable infrastructure, policy, and educational changes to public greenspaces, such as parks and trails, in order to create or enhance access to safe and enjoyable sites for physical activity in Northwest Michigan. By improving the aesthetics, accessibility, and safety of public greenspaces, the project aims to increase the percentage of individuals who meet federal physical activity guidelines, ultimately reducing poor health outcomes and health disparities in Michigan.

Letter of Intent Due – Friday, January 27th

Application Information Conference Call – Monday, January 30th from 1 – 2 PM
(RSVP by Friday, January 27th)

Submission Deadline – Friday, February 10th by 5 PM

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Eligible sites include parks, trails, and other public greenspaces with existing infrastructure, such as playground equipment, walking paths, etc. New public greenspaces that will be developed in 2017 with existing funds are also eligible to apply.

2. Eligible applicants include any department, agency, special purpose district, or other instrumentality of a local government. Other eligible applicants include public school districts, Indian Tribal organizations, or 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

3. Greenspace sites must be open and free for the public. Funds will not be awarded to sites that collect money for greenspace use.

4. Greenspace sites in the following counties are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity:

› Emmet
› Charlevoix
› Antrim
› Otsego
› Kalkaska
› Grand Traverse
› Benzie
› Leelanau
› Missaukee
› Wexford
› Manistee

These counties were selected based on rates of obesity, rates of physical activity, and existence of ongoing chronic disease interventions.

5. Applicants must be financially and managerially responsible for the proposed greenspace

6. Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to implement and sustain proposed site changes

7. Applicants must demonstrate the willingness and capacity to implement educational programming (e.g. a walking group) on their own OR in partnership with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and mParks Recreation & Park Association

8. Applicants are permitted to apply for funds to enhance ONE (1) public greenspace

This grant is being publicized as a public service of GFA. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Greenspace Improvement, LOI due Jan. 27

NEA Challenge America, FY2018 – Deadline Apr. 13

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

This category encourages and supports the following objective: • Engagement: Engaging the public with diverse and excellent art. Challenge America grants: • Extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. • Are limited to the specific types of projects outlined below. • Are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match. Partnerships can be valuable to the success of these projects. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as appropriate to their project. To ensure that Challenge America funding reaches new organizations and communities, the NEA has implemented a policy to limit consecutive-year funding.

Eligible Applicants:

Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
County governments
Special district governments
State governments
City or township governments
Independent school districts
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

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

NEA Challenge America, FY2018 – Deadline Apr. 13

Sustain Our Great Lakes Grants, Deadline Feb. 21

The Sustain Our Great Lakes program is soliciting proposals to improve habitat and water quality in the Great Lakes basin. The program will award grants for:

1) stream habitat improvements;

2) coastal wetland habitat improvements; and

3) green storm water infrastructure in Great Lakes shoreline cities.

Up to $7.8 million is expected to be available for grant awards in 2017. The program is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in partnership with ArcelorMittal, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service. Significant program funding is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a federal program designed to protect, restore and enhance the Great Lakes ecosystem.

In 2017, grant funding will be awarded in three categories:

  • Streams
  • Coastal Wetlands
  • Green Storm Water Infrastructure

1:1 Match – Matching contributions may include cash, in-kind contributions of staff and volunteer time, work performed, materials and services donated, or other tangible contributions to the project objectives and outcomes. The cost of land acquisition or easement may also qualify as leverage for a project involving work at the protected site. In addition, eligible indirect costs (that would not be paid with requested grant funding) may be applied as match.

Applications are due Feb. 21. Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.


Sustain Our Great Lakes Grants, Deadline Feb. 21