Recycling Grants, Deadline March 19

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has opened its Recycling Infrastructure grant program to assist with recycling infrastructure projects, such as public space recycling, bin-to-cart transitions, public drop-off recycling locations, and recycling site improvements.

A total of $500,000 is available for fiscal year 2019. Eligible entities include: cities, villages, townships, charter townships, counties, tribal governments, municipal solid waste or resource recovery authorities, school districts, health departments, colleges or universities, and regional planning agencies. Funding or program partners may be for-profit or non-profit organizations, but such entities are not eligible to receive grants. The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

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Recycling Grants, Deadline March 19

Community Forestry Grants, Deadline Sept. 1

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS) has established the Community Forestry Grants program. Federal funding is provided by the USFS, State and Private Forestry, UCF Program (CFDA 10.664).

Cost-share funds will be available to communities and organizations on a competitive basis for UCF projects in Michigan. A total of up to $100,000 may be granted to eligible projects. This is a 1:1 cost share match program. Federal funds may not be used as part of the required match. Projects must be completed by September 1, 2019.

The purpose and objectives of this program include:

  •  providing financial assistance to communities and organizations to support UCF projects,
  • building local community capacity to manage and care for trees through education and technical assistance,
  • developing long-term street/park and community forestry plans and policies,
  • promoting projects that assist communities in developing sustainable local tree management programs and policies,
  • improving public awareness and understanding of the benefits of preserving and expanding community tree cover,
  • promoting volunteerism and partnership between public, private and nonprofit organizations for public tree care,
  • supporting innovative projects and partnerships that address UCF issues in Michigan,
  • enhancing the technical skills of people involved in planning, managing or maintaining urban and community forests and,
  • Promoting and celebrating Arbor Day, Tree City USA and related events.

Based on the total pool of applications received, up to $100,000 in available funding may be distributed according to the following breakdown:

  • Management, Planning and Innovation projects 50%
  • Education and Training projects 20%
  • Arbor Day Celebration projects 5%

This is a reimbursement grant program. Federal grant monies awarded under this program will be paid only upon evidence of completion of approved projects.

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Community Forestry Grants, Deadline Sept. 1

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)

Lighthouse Grants, Deadline Nov. 17

The Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) was established to assist in the preservation, rehabilitation and protection of historic lighthouses in Michigan. This grant program is managed through the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). Funding for the MLAP comes from the sale of lighthouse license plates. These grant dollars are exclusive to light station rehabilitation and planning projects for light station resources listed or eligible for listing in the National Register.

Eligible Applicants

Nonprofit organizations and state or local governments that own (or are in the process of acquiring) or have long-term leases on a lighthouse are eligible to apply for these funds. Private individuals are not eligible for these grants.

The project must be ready to proceed at the time of application and must not be dependent on future actions, approval, or cooperation from other organizations before the project can begin.

This program requires a 50% match, grant awards $7,500 – $60,000. Applications are due by 5 pm November 15. Contact us for more information on this program. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at

Lighthouse Grants, Deadline Nov. 17

MDNR Invasive Species Grants, Deadline June 13

Funding proposals for 2017 now are being accepted through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, with an anticipated $3.6 million available to applicants. The program – a joint effort of the Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development – is part of a statewide initiative launched in 2014 to help prevent and control invasive species in Michigan.

Proposals to advance methods of aquatic invasive plant control are being sought in 2017, as well as those undertaking surveillance for emerging or potential infestations of hemlock woolly adelgid, balsam woolly adelgid, thousand cankers disease and/or Asian longhorned beetle in Michigan.

Invasive species prevention activities are highlighted in this year’s program, including those that reduce the risk of spreading invasive species through movement of firewood, a primary pathway for tree diseases and pests. Proposals addressing the spread of invasive species through recreational activities including land and water trail use, boating, angling, hunting and camping, also are encouraged.

Local, state, federal and tribal units of government, nonprofit organizations and universities may apply for funding to support invasive species projects conducted in Michigan. For this 2017 funding cycle, pre-proposals will be accepted through June 13 and requested full proposals must be submitted by Sept. 18.

Grant requests for 2017 projects can range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $400,000. Applicants must commit to provide 10 percent of the total project cost in the form of a local match.Competitive applications will outline clear objectives, propose significant ecological benefits, demonstrate diverse collaboration and show strong community support.
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MDNR Invasive Species Grants, Deadline June 13

Great Lakes Fish & Wildlife Restoration Act Grants, Deadline Dec. 12

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is accepting Fiscal Year 2017 project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (Act).  The six goals of the Act are:

1) Restoring and maintaining self-sustaining fish and wildlife resources.
2) Minimizing the impacts of contaminants on fishery and wildlife resources.
3) Protecting, maintaining, and, where degraded and destroyed, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, including the enhancement and creation of wetlands that result in a net gain in the amount of those habitats.
4) Stopping illegal activities adversely impacting fishery and wildlife resources.
5) Restoring threatened and endangered species to viable, self-sustaining levels.
6) Protecting, managing, and conserving migratory birds.

The Service requests interested entities to submit restoration, research and Regional project proposals for the restoration of Great Lakes fish and wildlife resources.  The purpose of the Act is to provide assistance to States, Indian Tribes, and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin.  Supported in part by President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a total of approximately $1.56 million is projected to be available to support projects this fiscal year.  Deadline for proposal submission is Monday, December 12, 2016 by 6:00 pm.

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Great Lakes Fish & Wildlife Restoration Act Grants, Deadline Dec. 12

Aquatic Habitat Grant Pre-Proposals, July 25-Aug 26

The Aquatic Habitat Grant Program (AHGP) began in October 2013 and will operate each year that funding is available. A total of approximately $1,250,000 will be available for the 2015 round of grant funding from the Game and Fish Protection Fund. The AHGP’s purpose is to improve fish and other aquatic organism populations by protecting intact and rehabilitating degraded aquatic habitat. To facilitate the success of these efforts, the program will provide technical assistance to grantees. The AHGP is administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) through a cooperative effort between Fisheries Division and Grants Management.

10% match, minimum grant amount is $25,000

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Aquatic Habitat Grant Pre-Proposals, July 25-Aug 26

Lake Research Grants, Deadline Feb. 12

2016 McNALMS and MLSA Lake Research Grants Program

The Michigan Chapter North American Lake Management Society (McNALMS) and Michigan Lake and Stream Associations (MLSA) are non-profit organizations with federal 501c (3) status.  Both are dedicated to promoting the understanding and comprehensive management of Michigan’s inland lake ecosystems.

The purpose of the Lake Research Grants Program (LRGP) is to promote University student efforts to work with lakes and lake communities to enhance lake management.  Projects that increase the understanding of lake ecology, strengthen collaborative lake management, build lake partnerships and/or expand citizen involvement in lake management are eligible for consideration. Up to three grants, maximum of $2,000 per grant, will be awarded with a total of $3,000 allocated to this year’s program. Proposals will be funded for one calendar year.

Who May Apply

Applicants must be either:

  • University/College graduate student(s) conducting applied research/outreach projects
  • University/College undergraduate student(s) working on special studies projects or
  • Participants enrolled in or alumni of the Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute, Michigan Conservation Stewards Program, or similar Watershed Academy

All applicants must be members or enroll as members of McNALMS when their application is submitted.  Membership is free for full-time students.  Membership applications are available on the Membership page.

Grant Application Deadlines

A Call for Proposals will be announced in December of each year. For 2016, proposals are due by 5:00pm on February 12, 2016.  Awards will be announced no later than the end of the first week of March.

Funds Distribution

In most cases, the cash award will be donated to the Department or Program in which the student resides with the understanding that the funds are earmarked for that student. Funds can be used for hourly support/wages, supplies, and travel.  Equipment purchases including computers, smartphones, tablets and similar devices are not allowed.

Uncompleted Projects

If projects are not completed in the one-year time frame, grant recipient(s) may be asked to return up to 50% of the grant funds awarded. Extensions of up to three months may be considered.

Project Renewals

Grant recipient(s) may submit a grant request in a subsequent year’s grant process for additional funds to continue or expand their project.

Project Products

Grant recipients must send a 1-2 paragraph email ( indicating progress on the project. At the end of the project period the grant recipient(s) must electronically submit a three to five page report detailing the project’s goals, methods and results. Grant recipient(s) may be asked and are encouraged to present and discuss their project and results at a McNALMS, MLSA or other educational event.

Click to download the APPLICATION FORM


Each project will be evaluated based on nine criteria.  The evaluator can give the proposal a score of 0 to 10 based upon the strength of the proposal.  A perfect score would be 90 points.  The criteria are:

  • Is the proposed research strongly related to inland lake ecosystems, lake management, collaborative lake management, lake partnerships or expand citizen involvement in lake management
  • Are there other funding sources available or proposed for this project?
  • How significantly will the research add to the understanding of lake ecosystems or lake management knowledge, build lake partnerships or expand citizen involvement?
  • Will the project have statewide interest or application?
  • Are the proposal’s objectives logical?
  • Is the research approach and methods valid?
  • Is there adequate facilities/equipment available to conduct this research?
  • Can the work be completed in the allotted time frame?
  • Does the budget reflect the amount of work proposed?

Project Submission

Download the Application, fill it in, and return it and your proposal by email to: or by US mail to: Lake Grants Program, Michigan Chapter, NALMS, PO Box 4812, East Lansing, MI 48826. Deadline for 2016 grant proposals is February 12.

Lake Research Grants, Deadline Feb. 12

Nonpoint Source Grants for Tribal Entities, Deadline Jan. 15

This RFP is issued pursuant to section 319(h) of the CWA. Section 319 of the CWA authorizes EPA to award grants to eligible tribes and intertribal consortia to implement approved NPS management programs developed pursuant to section 319(b). The primary goal of a NPS management program is to control NPS pollution through implementation of management measures and practices. These management practices should be directed at reducing polluted runoff from subcategories of NPSs identified in the tribe’s NPS assessment report developed pursuant to section 319(a).

After allocations for base grant work plans are made, EPA will allocate the remaining section 319 funds to eligible entities to develop and/or implement watershed-based plans and implement on-the-ground projects that will result in significant steps towards solving NPS impairments on a watershed-wide basis under the competitive procedures in this RFP. Though proposals are not required to include development and/or implementation of a watershed-based plan in order to be considered for funding, eligible entities are strongly encouraged to submit proposals that develop and/or implement watershed-based plans designed to protect unimpaired waters and restore NPS-impaired waters.

EPA is soliciting proposals pursuant to Section 319 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) from eligible tribes and intertribal consortia to develop and/or implement watershed-based plans and on-the-ground projects that will result in significant steps towards solving Nonpoint Source (NPS) impairments on a watershed-wide basis. Eligible entities are strongly encouraged to submit proposals that develop and/or implement watershed-based plans designed to protect unimpaired waters and/or restore NPS-impaired waters. Eligible tribes and intertribal consortia may apply for competitive funding by submitting a proposal for up to a maximum budget of $100,000 of federal CWA section 319 funding (plus the additional required 40% match of the total project cost).

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Nonpoint Source Grants for Tribal Entities, Deadline Jan. 15

Joyce Foundation, Deadline December 1

The Joyce Foundation focuses grant making on initiatives that promise to have an impact on the Great Lakes region, specifically the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Environment Program is committed to speeding the Midwest’s transition to a thriving, low-carbon economy; protecting and restoring a healthy Great Lakes environment which sustains the millions of Americans and Canadians who live along and depend upon the Lakes; and broadening the base of support for strong environmental policies in our home region.

Great Lakes: The Joyce Foundation will seek and support funding opportunities to protect and restore the Great Lakes by considering proposals at the local, state, regional, and national levels that address the following areas:

  • Prevent the Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species into and around the Great Lakes Basin
  • Strengthen federal and state ballast water policy.
  • Prevent movement of aquatic invasive species between Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins via Chicago Area Waterway.
  • Encourage a new vision for the St. Lawrence Seaway that may include modified operations.
  • Increase state collaboration on aquatic invasive species prevention and management.
  • Reduce Polluted Runoff from Cities and Farms
  • Reduce nonpoint source pollution from urban landscapes (Milwaukee).
  • Reduce nutrient pollution from agricultural landscapes (Western Lake Erie Basin).
  • Explore market based strategies for reducing polluted runoff from agricultural lands.
  • Explore legal and regulatory strategies for reducing polluted runoff from agricultural lands.
  • Support strategic pilots and policy shifts to promote green stormwater infrastructure.
  • Promote water quality monitoring, science, and research.

Grant proposals are considered at meetings of the Foundation’s Board of Directors in April, July, and December. Deadline dates are:
Proposal Deadline August 19, 2015; Board Meeting December 1, 2015
Proposal Deadline December 2015; Board Meeting April 2016

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Joyce Foundation, Deadline December 1