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

Flood Mitigation Grants, Deadline Nov. 14

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program makes Federal funds available to State, Local and Tribal Governments to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In FY17, the FMA Program will prioritize proposals that address community flood risk by setting aside $70 million for this purpose.

FEMA will seek to fund two types of community flood mitigation activities: Advance Assistance for flood mitigation design and development of community flood mitigation projects and mitigation projects that address community flood risk for the purpose of reducing NFIP flood claim payments. The remaining funding, at least $90,000,000, will be used for FMA technical assistance, mitigation planning, and mitigation projects reducing risk to severe repetitive loss (SRL) and repetitive loss (RL) properties.

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Flood Mitigation Grants, Deadline Nov. 14

Shorelines Cities Green Infrastructure Grants, Deadline Sept. 1

West Grand Traverse Bay

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a solicitation for a second round of Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grants.  EPA will award grants totaling up to $4.5 million to eligible shoreline cities to fund green infrastructure projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality.

This year, shoreline cities with a population greater than 25,000 and less than 50,000 will be eligible to apply for green infrastructure grants of up to $250,000. Last year, EPA awarded Shoreline Cities Grants totaling just under $7 million to 16 cities with populations greater than 50,000.

“This is an opportunity for more Great Lakes shoreline cities to obtain funding for green infrastructure projects,” said Region 5 Administrator/Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman.  “These GLRI grants will be used for green infrastructure projects that reduce urban runoff and sewer overflows that foul beaches and impair Great Lakes water quality.”

Cities can use the grants to cover up to 50 percent of the cost of rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs, porous pavement, greenways, constructed wetlands, stormwater tree trenches and other green infrastructure measures installed on public property.  Detailed eligibility requirements are available at

More information about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is available at

Shorelines Cities Green Infrastructure Grants, Deadline Sept. 1

Coastal Zone Program, Deadline Dec. 31


Note: This is an earlier deadline than past years!

The CZM Program strongly encourages interested applicants to contact program staff early in the proposal development process for assistance and guidance.  Complete applications will be evaluated for funding based on the following considerations:

  • Extent to which the project furthers CZM Program objectives.
  • Overall quality and clarity of the application.
  • Organizational capability of the applicant to complete project as proposed.
  • Project readiness and feasibility for completion within specified grant period.
  • Past grant management performance.
  • Cost-effectiveness.
  • Degree of public benefit to be derived from the project.
  • Measurability of project results.
  • Level of local support.
  • Leveraging private and other public resources.
  • The likelihood that the project could proceed in the absence of CZM Program funding.

The CZM Program staff will coordinate the review of the applications with other state agency staff, and recommend projects to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Director for funding.  Projects approved by the MDEQ Director will be submitted to the NOAA for final review and approval.

A. Who is Eligible

  • Coastal units of government including cities, counties, villages, and townships.
  • Regional planning agencies and conservation districts.
  • State agencies.
  •  Universities and school districts.
  • Tribal governments.
  • Nonprofit organizations (Note:  Nonprofit organizations proposing construction projects on public lands must apply through an eligible public entity to ensure public ownership.).

An applicant for which any of the following conditions existed in the 12 months prior to the application deadline for this RFP is not eligible for funding:

  • MDEQ grant contract terminated.
  • Unresolved MDEQ enforcement actions.
  • History of inability to manage grants or meet MDEQ contractual terms and conditions.

B. Grant Amounts
No less than $10,000 and no greater than $100,000.

C.    Match Requirement
A one-to-one non-federal match is required for all projects.  Match may be in the form of cash, in-kind services, or donations.  Match funding sources, such as Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Transportation, or other must be secured at time of CZM application submittal.  Applicants are required to provide documentation of secured funding.

D. Project Award Period
The standard project award start date will be October 1, 2014, and end date December 31, 2015.

E. Project Location
Construction projects must be entirely within Michigan’s coastal boundary, which generally extends a minimum of 1,000 feet inland from the ordinary high water mark.  The boundary ranges further inland in some locations to encompass important coastal features such as lakes, bays, wetlands, dunes, urban areas, public recreational parks, and natural areas.  Other types of projects that propose activities such as planning, outreach, and/or training that extend outside the coastal boundary will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Federally-owned lands are excluded from the coastal zone.

F. Ineligible Uses for Grant Funds

  • Creating or restoring restroom facilities.
  • Creating or restoring general recreational and athletic facilities such as playground equipment, ball fields, and courts.
  • Construction projects that propose to install or repair/maintain hard shoreline armoring such as rip-rap, sheet pile, and/or gabions.
  • Dredging projects.
  • Roadway design and/or road construction projects.
  • Sewer line construction and/or drain improvement projects.
  • Recreation plans.
  • Dam improvements.
  • State and federal permit application fees.
  • Projects required tofulfill a state or federal permit condition or other regulatory action.
  • Development of site plans, designs, or construction drawings for improving land or structures not under control of the applicant.

G. Application Deadline
Applications must be submitted with two hard copies, one electronic copy (CD, DVD, or USB Flash Drive (non-returnable)), and postmarked no later than December 31, 2013, to qualify for consideration.

The CZM Program has five focus areas:  Public Access, Coastal Habitat, Coastal Hazards, Coastal Water Quality, and Coastal Community Development.

A.  Public Access
The Great Lakes are a primary focus for recreation and tourism in Michigan. The CZM Program protects, restores, creates, and enhances public access to the Great Lakes using approaches that support coastal communities and fosters appreciation of our natural resources.  The CZM Program is committed to providing public access to the Great Lakes for recreational use through the following types of projects:

  • Planning, design, and engineering for low-cost construction projects for a specific site location.
  • Low-cost construction projects such as non-motorized coastal trails, boardwalks, barrier-free canoe or kayak launches and fishing piers, pervious parking lots and walkways, viewing decks, installation of interpretive signage/displays, and other amenities to improve public access to Great Lakes and coastal resources.

Preference will be given to projects with elements that:

  • Increase and improve universal public access for all visitors to our Great Lakes coastline.
  • Preserve and restore cultural and historic maritime resources such as lighthouses, shipwrecks, and other Great Lakes maritime heritage features.
  • Plan and construct shoreland protection utilizing soft-shore engineering and native plantings.
  • Implement activities that are part of an adopted waterfront or coastal community plan that incorporate green infrastructure practices that reduce storm water runoff and that utilize environmentally friendly materials.
  • Promote stewardship of coastal resources.
  • Conduct educational and outreach activities to improve public understanding of public access to the Great Lakes and connecting waters and its importance to communities and the economy.
  • Conduct training events to provide coastal decision makers with knowledge and tools to comprehensively plan for and manage public access.

B.  Coastal Habitat
The CZM Program is committed to protecting, managing, and restoring sensitive coastal habitats, including wetlands and sand dunes.  Coastal wetlands serve as spawning and nesting habitat for a variety of animals, help maintain water quality, provide erosion control, and offer recreational and tourism opportunities.  Michigan is home to the world’s largest expanse of freshwater sand dunes, and protection of these resources and the habitat they provide remains a significant focus of the program.

The CZM Program supports the following types of projects:

  • On-the-ground protection and restoration projects for Great Lakes beaches, sand dunes, coastal wetlands, streams, and nearshore habitat.  Restoration projects may include invasive species control and removal, prescribed burns, and native vegetation plantings that are proposed as part of a site management plan.
  • Feasibility studies and planning for habitat protection, restoration, and resource management.
  • Inventories of natural features that are incorporated into a local or statewide plan.

Preference will be given to projects with elements that:

  • Conduct statewide Great Lakes marine debris collection/cleanup activities.
  • Focus on regional plans and activities for protecting and managing coastal habitats.
  • Foster partnerships and actions to protect critical dunes.
  • Assist coastal communities to develop vulnerability assessments for improving the resiliency of coastal wetlands to climate change impacts.
  • Provide protection for coastal resources, including activities to prevent the introduction and spread of new invasive species such as design and installation of interpretive signage/displays at high quality sites or cleaning/disposal stations for boaters and other recreational users.
  • Promote stewardship of the coastal resources.
  • Conduct educational and outreach activities to improve public understanding of the intrinsic value of coastal habitats to the Great Lake ecosystem.
  • Conduct training events to provide coastal decision makers with knowledge and tools to comprehensively plan for and manage coastal habitats.

C.  Coastal Hazards
The CZM Program supports efforts that increase a community’s resilience to coastal erosion and flood hazards and minimize the loss of life and property caused by dangerous currents and/or improper development in areas vulnerable to coastal hazards.  This is accomplished by supporting creative local efforts that increase scientific knowledge and public awareness of coastal erosion and flooding, as well as activities that actively direct coastal development away from areas prone to these Great Lakes coastal hazards.  Projects may be regional, community-based, or site-specific in scale and may consist of planning, research, or implementation activities.

The CZM Program supports the following types of projects:

  • Development of regional coastal hazard atlases containing information such as shoreline type, historical erosion rates, local policies affecting development in the coastal zone, and other information that can be used by local officials, realtors, developers, and the general public to assist with appropriate decision making about coastal zone development.
  • Development and implementation of local shoreline management plans or coastal zoning ordinances providing construction setbacks or buffers that complement those of the state’s high-risk erosion area program.
  • Site level shoreline erosion assessments on public lands, especially when part of a site feasibility study for locating or relocating infrastructure and/or alternatives analysis for implementation of soft-shore approaches to shoreline stabilization.

Preference will be given to projects with elements that:

  • Conduct vulnerability assessments and include direct application of the assessment toward improving the resiliency of coastal communities or a public asset such as a coastal park.  Assessments may include geologic/geomorphic investigation, analysis of local wave climate and coastal processes, sediment budget analysis, historic recession or erosion analysis, and other necessary data collection and analysis to provide for appropriate shore management actions.
  • Provide for local education/outreach initiatives or implementation activities to increase beach safety with respect to dangerous currents and other swim risks (e.g., signs, flag warning system installation, and beach safety kits).
  • Conduct educational and outreach activities to improve public understanding of coastal hazards.
  • Conduct training events to provide coastal decision makers with knowledge and tools to comprehensively plan for coastal resiliency, and to implement resources and protect against coastal hazards.

D.  Coastal Water Quality
The CZM Program is committed to the protection of high quality waters.  There are important water quality benefits and potential cost savings from protecting high quality waters and preventing impairments in waters
that currently meet water quality standards.  Protection, restoration, and enhancement of critical coastal
resources such as wetlands and beaches are essential for the protection of high quality waters.  The CZM
Program supports the following types of projects:

  • Development of ordinances, policies, and/or plans addressing management of coastal nonpoint source pollution.
  • On-the-ground implementation activities to protect and improve beach health at publicly-owned Great Lakes beaches.  Examples include the installation of soft-engineering storm water infiltration and diversion systems, reduction or elimination of impervious surfaces, and installation of landscape design features that discourage waterfowl from congregating on the beach.

Preference will be given to projects with elements that:

  • Demonstrate the interconnectedness between the protection of critical coastal resources such as beaches, coastal wetlands, sand dunes, and high quality waters.
  • Promote stewardship of coastal resources.
  • Conduct educational and outreach activities to improve public understanding of the importance of protecting high quality waters of the Great Lakes and connecting waters and its importance to communities and the economy.
  • Conduct training events to provide coastal decision makers with knowledge and tools to comprehensively plan for protecting high quality waters.

E.  Coastal Community Development
The CZM Program promotes wise management of Great Lakes water and coastal resources through the development of vibrant and resilient coastal communities.  Managed well, our coast supports resilient communities with healthy natural ecosystems that provide the economic, social, and ecological foundations for a high quality of life.  Community land use plans and zoning ordinances supported with CZM funding must be developed in accordance with the requirements of applicable state planning and zoning enabling statutes.  The CZM Program supports the following types of projects:

  • Development of ordinances, policies, and plans focused on management of coastal resources based on an ecosystem approach.
  • Planning and feasibility studies for waterfront redevelopment and ports management.
  • Development and promotion of regional coastal tourism and recreation opportunities.
  • Collaborative regional or multi-jurisdictional planning or policy development.

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Develop comprehensive community plans that include elements such as mixed land uses, compact development patterns, form-based codes, walkable neighborhoods, and preservation of open space.
  • Include coastal water trail development and promotion.
  • Promote stewardship of coastal resources.
  • Conduct educational and outreach activities to improve public understanding of the importance of wise management of coastal cultural and natural resources.
  • Conduct training events to provide coastal decision makers with knowledge and tools to comprehensively plan for the wise management of coastal cultural and natural resources.
Coastal Zone Program, Deadline Dec. 31

Dam Management Grants, Deadline Nov. 15

The Department of Natural Resources has announced its Dam Management Grant Program is now open for proposals. The second year of this grant opportunity will provide $350,000 in Fiscal Year 2014 to address Michigan’s failing dam infrastructure through the funding of dam removals and critical repair/maintenance.

The DNR’s Dam Management Grant Program is focused on the growing issue of abandoned, unused or hazardous dams in Michigan. The purpose of the program is to provide funding and technical assistance to local and state units of government, non-profit groups and individuals to manage dam removals or repair/major maintenance projects that will enhance aquatic resources and fishing opportunities, and also to reduce infrastructure costs and improve public safety in Michigan.

There were six recipients as part of the Dam Management Grant Program’s first year, when $2.35 million was granted.

Dam Management Grants, Deadline Nov. 15

Clean Vessel Pumpout Grants, Deadline Sept. 15


This MDNR program provides funding for new or upgraded marine sewage disposal facilities, pumpouts and dump stations. Approval is based on the type of marine sewage disposal facility proposed, geographic location, number of boats served and cost of the facility.  Greater priority will be given to projects which provide increased access to pumpouts and dump stations, taking into account cost considerations to provide the highest benefit for the monies spent.

Grants are provided to both private and public boating facilities as long as they are open to the public.  Eligible projects primarily include dump stations, additional pumpouts at large boating facilities or those covered by a pumpout agreement, pumpouts for mooring facilities with a minimum of 15 slips, and upgrading of older pumpout systems.

Local Match: 25%, 75% by Reimbursement

Grants are limited to the cost of a pump out and holding tank hook up.

Source(s) of Funds:
The U.S. Sport Fish Restoration account of the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, commonly known as the Wallop-Breaux Fund is the source of funding.  The Michigan DNR has a limited amount of federal funds available for this program.  We will continue to accept applications, but the ability to award new grants is dependent upon future federal funds.

Clean Vessel Pumpout Grants, Deadline Sept. 15

Downtown Infrastructure Grant (DIG) Program, Deadline Oct. 1


On behalf of the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is accepting Part I Applications for new projects under the State of Michigan’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Downtown Infrastructure Grant (DIG) program. The CDBG DIG program is designed to assist communities seeking to improve their downtown district infrastructure quality. Entitlement Communities are not eligible for DIG funding. This program is restricted to providing public infrastructure improvement funding for Low and Moderate Income Communities and Project Areas with projects that are located in a traditional downtown. Grant requests must be at least $30,000 and cannot exceed $750,000. The total amount of grant funds available for the DIG program is $4,000,000. Due to funding limitations, only one submission per community is allowed.

The project will be required to be completed by December 31, 2014. If a project’s timing cannot accommodate this requirement, an application should not be submitted. This will be strictly enforced and extensions will not be allowed. Administration costs will not be eligible as CDBG funding, but will be allowed as match funded activities. The capacity of the Unit of General Local Government (UGLG) to administer the project will also be taken into consideration. Here are some project examples.

Key elements:

  • 10% local match
  • Minimum request amount: $30,000; Maximum request amount: $750,000
  • On low-mod list with a traditional downtown
  • Property owned by local unit of government
  • Includes maintenance plan

Evaluation criteria:

  • Local match
  • Leverage funding from other sources
  • No other open grants
  • Square footage of public space being improved
  • Existing downtown development plan?
  • DDA area?
  • Redevelopment Ready Community?
  • Meets existing capital improvements plan?

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Downtown Infrastructure Grant (DIG) Program, Deadline Oct. 1

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

Community Connect Program, Deadline July 11


The purpose of the Community Connect Grant Program is to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to eligible applicants that will provide currently unserved areas, on a ‘‘community-oriented connectivity’’ basis, with broadband service that fosters economic growth and delivers enhanced educational, health care, and public safety services.


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.


Applications for the 2013 Fiscal Year are now being accepted.

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 two years.

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Community Connect Program, Deadline July 11