Great Lakes Habitat Restoration/Conservation, Deadline Feb. 1, 2013

The goal of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is to target the most significant environmental problems in the Great Lakes ecosystem.  As part of this initiative, the two bird habitat joint ventures that are in the Great Lakes watershed – the Upper Mississippi and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture and the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture – will be working with the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs in the Midwest and Northeast Regions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to competitively fund state and other partner projects for long-term habitat restoration, enhancement or protection, for conservation of native Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations, particularly migratory birds.  Preference will be given to activities that help meet the habitat goals of the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture Implementation Plan or the Lower Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Plain (BCR 13) Bird Conservation Region Plan, other relevant bird conservation plans, and State Wildlife Action Plans.

Ranking and selection of projects will be based on information provided in the application.  Highest consideration will be given to projects with several of the following attributes, in priority order:  1) Benefits to priority bird species, habitats and geographic areas identified in applicable Joint Venture bird conservation plans; 2) readiness to begin project (to ensure completion within one year of the grant award date); 3) long-term duration of resource benefits; 4) involvement of two or more partners including state partners; 5) higher ratio of non-Federal match to grant request than the required 25% minimum; 6) importance as a catalyst to future conservation actions or as part of a larger set of connected conservation lands or actions in the landscape and 7) documented benefits to federally-listed species, and/or those identified as highest priorities in the relevant State Wildlife Action Plan.  It is highly recommended that applicants consult with the appropriate joint venture coordinator prior to submitting an application to ensure that adequate and relevant information is provided.

Special Note:  GLRI Joint Venture funds will be targeted towards improving fish and wildlife habitat and their populations within watersheds of “Areas of Concern” (AOC; ( wherever possible, as a coordinated effort between the Service’s Coastal, Joint Venture, and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Programs.  In addition, projects that will result in a reduction of excessive phosphorus inputs into a watershed should be highlighted.  Though proposals within AOCs and/or those that will reduce phosphorus are encouraged, it is not a requirement for funding.

Up to $1 million in funds may be available during fiscal year 2013.  Grant requests between $25,000 and $290,000 will be accepted.   We expect to announce the awards in May 2013.

Matching contributions may take the form of cash, goods, services, or land value and must equal at least 25% of the requested Federal funds; permanent, non-reimbursable, and dedicated to a project; and documented by a signed letter of commitment from an authorized representative of the match provider in the application.  The letter of commitment must detail the amount of matching funds or value of donated land and/or services. Land as match must have a current (less than 1 year) appraised value. This program uses grant agreements as the funding mechanism.

Eligible applicants for this competitive grant program include state fish and wildlife agencies and other non-federal conservation agencies or organizations that provide at least 25% of the grant request (Federal share) as non-federal match for habitat restoration, enhancement and protection activities.  (Note: grants cannot be awarded to outside entities for restoration or enhancement work on Federal lands).  Projects must be within the U.S. watershed of the Great Lakes as defined by the U.S. EPA (links to maps of the Great Lakes Watershed and Lower Great Lakes Watershed in NY and PA) within states bordering the Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin). A Federal interest will be attached to real property interests acquired with grant funds or contributed as match and must be titled to, or held by, either the Grantee or an approved Subgrantee.

An eligible proposal is a plan of action supported by grant and partner funds to conserve habitats for migratory birds and other wildlife through acquisition (including fee title, permanent conservation easements and donations of real property interests), restoration and/or enhancement that contains a grant request between $25,000 and $290,000 and matching contributions of at least 25% of total grant request (Federal share), with a target completion date within one year of the date of award.  Grant awards may only be used for activities that begin after the grant agreement is signed – this grant program is not eligible for reimbursement of completed or ongoing projects.

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Great Lakes Habitat Restoration/Conservation, Deadline Feb. 1, 2013

Community Food Projects, Deadline Nov. 28

Community Food Projects should be designed to (1): (A) meet the food needs of low-income people; (B) increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs; and (C) promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues; and/or (2) meet specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agriculture needs for (A) infrastructure improvement and development; (B) planning for long-term solutions; or (C) the creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

Proposed projects should seek comprehensive solutions to problems across all food system levels, not just short-term food relief. This point is emphasized because some previously submitted proposals were denied funding because they were designed primarily for expanding efforts in food relief and assistance, or for connecting established or partially established programs (such as community gardens and farmers’ markets), with little evidence of strategic planning and participation by stakeholders. Proposals should emphasize a food system and/or food security approach and show evidence of information sharing, coalition building, and substantial outreach and linkages to the community.

The USDA and several other federal agencies offer programs that may help strengthen the impact and success of CFPs. These include:

  •     Food recovery and gleaning efforts;
  •     Connecting low-income urban consumers with rural food producers;
  •     Helping citizens leave public assistance and achieve self-sufficiency; and
  •     Using micro-enterprise and/or development projects related to community food needs.

Only private, nonprofit entities meeting the following three requirements are eligible to receive a CFP or PP grant: (a) have experience in the area of (i) community food work, particularly concerning small and medium-size farms, including the provision of food to people in low-income communities and the development of new markets in low-income communities for agricultural producers; or (ii) job training and business development activities for food-related activities in low-income communities; (b) demonstrate competency to implement a project, provide fiscal accountability, collect data, and prepare reports and other necessary documentation; and (c) demonstrate a willingness to share information with researchers, evaluators, practitioners, and other interested parties, including a plan for dissemination of results.

Estimated Total Program Funding:     $5,000,000
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:     Yes

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Community Food Projects, Deadline Nov. 28

2013 Senior Volunteer Program Funding, Deadline October 11

In alignment with the Serve America Act (SAA) and the CNCS Strategic Plan, this Senior Corps RSVP Draft Notice will focus grant making for fiscal year 2013 in the six Focus Areas identified by SAA:

• Education

• Healthy Futures

• Veterans and Military Families

• Environmental Stewardship

• Economic Opportunity

• Disaster Services

In order to carry out the intent of Congress and to maximize the impact of the investment in national service, CNCS seeks to fund programs that can demonstrate community impact and solve community problems through National Performance Measures in the Focus Areas listed above. Please see the full text of this Draft Notice for additional funding priorities. In this competition CNCS intends to fund RSVP projects that support volunteers 55 years and older serving in a diverse range of activities that meet specific local and community needs and respond to National Performance Measures. RSVP projects awarded under this Draft Notice must: • Serve all the counties in the geographic service area associated with the funding opportunity listed in Appendix A Part 1 or Part 2 of the Notice; • Support at least 80% of the number of volunteers listed in Appendix A of the Notice; • Minimize, to the extent possible, disruptions to the current volunteers associated with any incumbent project. Please see Appendix C of the Notice for more information; and • Meet the National Performance Measure requirements and other criteria established in this Draft Notice.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is releasing the 2013 RSVP Competition Draft Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity (Draft Notice) as a draft on August 2, 2012. CNCS’s intent by offering this Draft Notice on this date is to provide all potential applicants with additional time to become familiar with the requirements and characteristics of the RSVP Competition. We recommend potential applicants use this additional time to begin outlining and developing their grant applications. CNCS will also be holding Technical Assistance Calls during this time. It is emphasized that because this is a draft document, it is possible that the final Notice could contain certain requirements that are not currently contained in this Draft Notice. We anticipate that the final Notice, the final Application Instructions and eGrants will be open for submission of applications on or about September 1, 2012. The deadline for submitting applications is Thursday, October 11, 2012.

Current Closing Date for Applications:     Oct 11, 2012
Funding Instrument Type:     Grant
Category Explanation:     Supporting service opportunities for volunteers age 55 and over.
Expected Number of Awards:     270
Estimated Total Program Funding:     $16,000,000
CFDA Number(s):     94.002  —  Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:     Yes

Eligible Applicants
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”

Additional Information on Eligibility:
Existing RSVP grantees are also eligible to apply under this Notice.

Agency Name
Corporation for National and Community Service

2013 Senior Volunteer Program Funding, Deadline October 11

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Due May 24

Up to approximately $20 million may be awarded under this RFA for about 100 projects contingent on the quality of applications received, funding availability and other applicable considerations. Applications are requested for projects identified in the RFA within the following four GLRI focus areas:

1.Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern, including reduction of toxic substances (through pollution prevention or other means) in the most polluted areas in the Great Lakes;

2.Invasive Species, including efforts to institute a “zero tolerance policy” toward new invasions;

3.Nearshore Health and Nonpoint Source Pollution, including a targeted geographic focus on high priority watersheds and reducing polluted runoff from urban, suburban and agricultural sources; and

4.Accountability, Education, Monitoring, Evaluation, Communication and Partnerships, including climate change resiliency and strategic partnerships through Lakewide Management Plans.

Eligible Applicants:

Governmental entities, including state agencies, interstate agencies, Indian tribes, local governments as defined in 40 CFR Section 31.3, institutions of higher learning (e.g., colleges and universities subject to 40 CFR Part 30 or 40 CFR Part 31), and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding under this RFA.

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Due May 24

Michigan Humanities Council, Deadline February 27 (Draft)

Major Grants (up to $15,000)

The Council’s major grants are available to non-profit organizations and are intended to connect people to Michigan’s rich cultural and historical resources. Eligible projects include humanities initiatives that encourage reasoning together and learning from each other through discussion and interpretation. A public programming element must be a major component of each humanities-based project that receives funding. Click here for major grants program overview and application instructions.

All grant forms have been updated for the March 2012 major grant cycle.

Quick Grants (up to $500) and Planning Grants (up to $1,000)

The Michigan Humanities Council provides support for public humanities programs that fall outside the design and deadline schedules of the major grants. To help meet these requests and to match humanities resources and professionals with local needs, the Council offers Quick Grants and Planning Grants. Quick Grants provide up to $500 and Planning Grants provide up to $1,000 to Michigan-based, nonprofit organizations for public humanities programs or services.  Planning grants cover expenses involved in developing a public humanities program that will result in a non-profit applying for a Council major grant. Organizations may only receive one quick or planning grant per year and the project activities must be free or very low cost and open to the public.

Michigan Humanities Council, Deadline February 27 (Draft)

Great Lakes Energy People Fund, Deadline Feb. 1

Great Lakes Energy members help to enhance the quality of life for people in our communities through the People Fund. Bills of participating members are “rounded up” to the next dollar amount and grants are awarded to non-profit organizations and charitable activities throughout our service area. Grants are awarded by three independent Boards of Directors representing three geographical regions – south, central and north. There are no overhead costs – 100 percent of the money collected is returned to our communities.

How are People Fund grants invested?

In order to have the greatest impact on people within the Great Lakes Energy service area, the People Fund will generally invest funds in project or activities that:

  • Are one-time in nature rather than ongoing or continuous
  • Benefit a large number of people
  • Leverage funds from other sources
  • Distribute funds to individuals or families in crisis
  • Help programs increase their capacity to deliver services
  • What communities does the People Fund serve?

The GLE People Fund will make every effort to award grants in a manner that is representative of and sensitive to the diversity of needs in 26 counties served in western and northern Michigan, from Kalamazoo to the Mackinac Straits. Funds will be invested in the areas from which they were collected.

View our recent Annual Report for more details.

Who is eligible?

Funds are generally awarded to non-profit organizations or groups for specific humanitarian, educational and community development purposes. A portion of the funds may be awarded to organizations that have the capacity to use the funds for individuals or families in crisis. Grants are not given to individuals.

To use its funds most effectively, the People Fund will generally not award grants for: normal operating expenses of established programs; annual fundraising campaigns; political campaigns; loans; religious activities; endowment funds; or deficit spending.

The Great Lakes Energy People Fund, regardless of the region, will not fund continuing school projects.

Faith-based organizations may receive funding for projects only if the organization provides services to all community members, regardless of the community member’s religious affiliation or participation.

When are grants awarded?

There are three grant cycles each year. Grants are typically awarded six weeks after the grant cycle deadline. The grant application deadlines are:

  • February 1
  • June 1
  • October 1

How do I apply for a grant?

Download a grant application.

Be sure to review the Annual Report to ensure your organization serves one of our grant regions.  The annual report is also helpful in determining the average grant amounts that are given to organizations. Also review the grant guidelines to ensure you are applying for a grant that qualifies. All grant applications must be returned by mail, read the instructions on the application for more information.

Great Lakes Energy People Fund, Deadline Feb. 1

Grants for Non-Profits, Deadline June 1

Bay Harbor Foundation Requests 2011 Grant Applications

Bay Harbor, MI – The Bay Harbor Foundation is requesting letters of intent for 2011 projects of local nonprofit organizations. Organizations in Northern Lower Michigan with 501(c)(3) nonprofit designations may request grant funds for programs that support the arts, education, environment and health & human services.

The deadline for letters of intent is Wednesday, June 1, 2011. Letters of intent should include:

1. The purpose of the project for which funds are required.

2. The community/regional impact of the project.

3. Preliminary budget and schedule of the project.

Preference will be given to proposals that will use Bay Harbor Foundation grant funds to match other charitable donations and for non-personnel related items.

Bay Harbor Foundation Program and Grant Committee will review letters of intent and will invite selected organizations by August 5, 2011 to submit application forms. Organizations invited to submit application forms will have until September 10, 2011 to complete the process. Grant award winners will be announced December 19, 2011.

Letters of intent may be e-mailed to or mailed to the Bay Harbor Foundation, 750 Bay Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor, MI 49770.

Grants for Non-Profits, Deadline June 1

Trail Grants, Deadline May 16

As a result of these collaborative public/private, federal/state/local efforts, Michigan leads the nation in the number of trail miles on the ground. But more remains to be done, and MTGA is happy to announce the availability of small grants to assist organizations in pursuit of trail development. The MTGA Board of Directors has established a fund of $20,000 for 2011, in support of these grants. The goal of this program is to aid in the development of a connected trail network throughout the State of Michigan.

Eligible projects are those deemed likely to result in the acquisition, construction, improvement or linkage to any Michigan multi-use trailway. Eligible uses include (but are not limited to): planning and design efforts, brochures and other educational or interpretive material, public opinion surveys, legal assistance, ecological assessments, or actual trail acquisition and improvement. Applicants may have 501c3 nonprofit status, but it is not required. Grants awarded will range from $2,500 to $5,000.


  • The grant project must be able to be completed within 2 years.
  • Any grant amount not spent within 2 years shall be returned to the fund unless an extension is authorized by the MTGA Board of Directors.
  • Applicants must agree to submit a brief annual report including photos (if appropriate) for the length of the project.
  • Applicants must give proper credit to the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. This may include, but is not limited to: press releases, credit on signage or in publications.
  • Successful applicants are expected to provide to MTGA notices of project meetings and events; MTGA staff will attend or assist with these activities as needed or requested.

Final grant decisions, in the case of a scoring tie, may be based on several factors, including the relative urgency of the work being proposed, the need for funding, the ability of this grant to leverage other funding sources, and the geographic distribution of other awardees.

Deadline for Submission
Proposals for 2011 should be received or postmarked no later than May 16, 2011 and proposal submitters will be notified of grant decisions by letter no later than the 1st week of July, 2011. Funds will be disbursed at the mid-July Michigander Bike Tour. Contact us for more information!

Trail Grants, Deadline May 16

Young Leaders – Arts & Culture, Grant Applications Due April 14

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Announces the 2011 New Leaders Art Council of Michigan (NLACM) Retention and Engagement Grant Program
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
John Bracey

The New Leaders Arts Council of Michigan (NLACM) is proud to announce this grant program tailored to young leaders in Michigan for arts and culture projects. The NLACM is a young leaders advisory council of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The NLACM is dedicated to promoting the Arts and Culture in Michigan, and is focused on supporting other young leaders. The NLACM works to:

* Increase young people’s access to arts and culture programs within Michigan.
* Advise MCACA on issues relating to young people’s participation in, access to, and develop­ment through arts and culture in Michigan.
* Support program, projects, and initiatives of MCACA.
* Promote the value of arts and culture to a community.

This grant program was designed by NLACM to provide opportunities for young people to engage each other and their communities. Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded in support of projects or collaborations focusing on the community engagement and retention of young people in Michigan. The grant guidelines and application instructions can be found at under “Grant Program.” Deadline to apply is April 14, 2011, for projects that take place June 1, 2011, through September 30, 2011.

This program uses donations from the MCACA tax check-off fund. In 2009, Michigan taxpayers gave nearly $28,000 out of their returns.

For more information contact Carolyn Damstra, Program Manager,, (517) 241-3968 or (517) 241-4011.

Program FAQ

Grant Guidelines

Young Leaders – Arts & Culture, Grant Applications Due April 14

Rural Innovation Fund, Applications Due Feb. 22

The purpose of the Rural Fund is to provide support for highly targeted and innovative grants dedicated to addressing the problems of concentrated rural housing distress and community poverty for projects that demonstrate a great likelihood of substantial impact in addressing the housing needs and community poverty in the project area. HUD is making available awards in two funding categories: Category 1, Single Purpose Grants or Comprehensive Grants that address the need for highly targeted projects that address the problem of concentrated rural housing distress and community poverty in rural areas; and Category 2 Economic Development and Entrepreneurship for Federally Recognized Indian Tribes.

There is no cost-sharing requirement.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible Category 1 applicants for the Rural Fund grant program are local rural nonprofit organizations, community development corporations, federally recognized Indian tribes, state housing finance agencies, and state community and/or economic development agencies.

Eligible Category 2 applicants are limited to federally recognized Indian tribes. Also, you must meet all of the applicable threshold eligibility requirements described in Section III.C. of the General Section.

Rural Innovation Fund, Applications Due Feb. 22