Snowmobile Trail Grants, Deadline July 1

The purpose of the recreational and snowmobile trail grant program is to provide financial assistance to local units of government and incorporated nonprofit groups for the development and maintenance of snowmobile trails. Funds are allocated and paid to the grantees on a reimbursement basis through a formal grant agreement between the grantee and the Department. Funds are available for development of new snowmobile trails; maintenance of existing trails including grooming, signing and brushing of the trails; leases, easements or permits for public snowmobile trails on private lands; comprehensive/collision insurance for grooming equipment and trail liability insurance.

PROGRAM GOALS: STATEWIDE TRAILS INITIATIVE The Michigan snowmobile trail program began as a small, loop trail system, with the goal of tying these loops together into an interconnected system of trails. Now, the primary long-term goal of the Michigan snowmobile program is the development of an interconnected network of groomed snowmobile trails from the Michigan-Indiana border to the Mackinac Bridge and from the Mackinac Bridge to Ironwood. Acquisition, establishment, and use of abandoned railroad corridors are critical to accomplishing this goal.

A second long-term goal is to establish a system of permanent, public land trails throughout the State. Many trails were required to be rerouted as private lands changed ownership, and even trails on public lands have been relocated. The Department continues to seek conversion of abandoned railroad grades and other corridors throughout the State, as well as establishing permanent trail corridors on public lands through acquisition of land or rights in land.


  • Counties
  • Townships
  • Cities
  • Villages
  • Non-profits, including clubs


  • Trail Grooming
  • Lease Payments
  • Off season Maintenance
  • New Trail Development
  • Liability Insurance Premiums
  • Installation of signs
  • Equipment

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Snowmobile Trail Grants, Deadline July 1

NEA Our Town Grants, Deadline Sept. 12

Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas: • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.

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

Application deadline is Sept. 12 and potential applicants would be advised to start work early! Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at

NEA Our Town Grants, Deadline Sept. 12

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

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

Local Government Lighting Upgrade Grants, Deadline May 26

Advanced Lighting Technology Demonstration Grants Proposal Solicitation

Agency: Bureau of Energy Systems

Minimum Award: $30,000

Maximum Award: $100,000

Match: The grant covers 90% of equipment costs with the grantee responsible for the remaining 10% of equipment costs plus all labor, training and associated costs. The grantee is also responsible for promoting/educating the public about the project and the benefits of advanced lighting technology

Inquiries Due: May 19, 2011

Applications Due: May 26, 2011

Grand Period: 8/01/11-6/30/12

Summary: This announcement seeks to obtain proposals from Michigan cities, villages, townships and counties to implement indoor and/or outdoor lighting projects that utilize the following technologies: Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), also known as Solid State Lighting; induction lighting; and plasma lighting — also known as High Efficiency Plasma Lighting (HEP). There is approximately $1 million available to fund an estimated 15-20 grants ranging from $30,000 to $100,000. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant program. Proposals are due by 3 p.m. on May 26, 2011. BES estimates that grants will start on August 1, 2011, and run through June 30, 2012. A pre-proposal webinar is tentatively scheduled for May 18, 2011; check the website for webinar details. More details are available from the RFP.

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Local Government Lighting Upgrade Grants, Deadline May 26

Boating Infrastructure Grants, Deadline May 15

Program Objective(s):
To provide construction of recreational boating facilities in the state that meet the following goals:

  • Create dockage for transient recreational boats 26 feet or larger in order to provide access to recreational opportunities and safe harbors;
  • Provide navigational aids for transient boaters using these facilities;
  • Enhance access to recreational, historic, cultural, natural, and scenic resources;
  • Strengthen local ties to the boating community and its economic benefits;
  • Promote public/private partnerships and entrepreneurial opportunities;
  • Provide continuity of public access to the water, and;
  • Promote awareness of transient boating opportunities.

All facilities constructed under this program must be:

  • Designed to accommodate boats 26 feet or greater in length;
  • Used by transient boaters (boaters not at their home port and staying not more than 10 consecutive days);
  • Open to the public;
  • No commercial uses or seasonal slips allowed;
  • Designed and constructed to last at least 20 years;
  • Continue to be used for their original stated grant purpose; and
  • Maintained throughout their useful life.

Activities that are not allowed under the program include:

  • Routine custodial and/or janitorial maintenance activities (those that occur regularly on an annual or more frequent basis);
  • Construction of slips for long-term rental (more than 10 days);
  • Construction or maintenance of facilities designed for trailerable boats;
  • Maintenance or dredging;
  • Dry land storage or haul out facilities;
  • Activities or construction that does not provide public benefit.

On-site investigation by Recreation Division (RD) staff may be required to determine
suitability of proposed work; applicant may be required to document area boating demand.

Additional State Requirements:
• Waterways Grant-in-Aid Program Requirements

Local units of government (city, village, township or county), public universities, and private

Application Process:
1. Submit Boating Infrastructure Grant Program application form to Department of Natural Resources, RD.
2. Submit a Boating Infrastructure Grant Program Proposal.
3. Technical review of applications will be conducted by RD staff. After May 15, grant applications are potentially recommended to proceed with a final version of a proposal
to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Applications must be received by the Department of Natural Resources, RD, in Lansing office
by 5:00 PM, May 15.

The Boating Infrastructure Grant application initial review and funding process for projects is from May 15 until the federal government appropriates funding for projects. If the potential project application is approved to proceed, the applicant will then be asked to develop and complete a proposal with associated federal forms with the goal of submitting to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by approximately September 21, 2011. Exact date to be announced. If the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approves the project proposal, the applicant will then be asked to submit a full package of required documents. An applicant will then be required to sign a third-party agreement with the Department of Natural Resources, PRD before proceeding with final engineering documents and construction.

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Boating Infrastructure Grants, Deadline May 15

Recreation Passport Grants, Deadline May 1

Recreation Passport Grant Applications Now Available

The Department of Natural Resources today announced that local units of government interested in applying for public recreation grants through the Recreation Passport Local Grant Program have until May 1, 2011 to apply.

Funding for the grant program is made possible through the new Recreation Passport Program. On Oct. 1, 2010, the $10 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) replaced the state’s annual $24 motor vehicle permit, or window sticker, that was required for a Michigan-registered vehicle to enter a state park or recreation area, as well as the $24 annual boating access permit. The Recreation Passport helps fund Michigan’s state parks, state recreation areas, boating facilities, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized trails, and historic resources in state parks. In addition, the program provides park and recreation development grants for local units of government.

The Recreation Passport Grant Program provides funding assistance for local public recreation needs through the development of public recreation facilities. The program emphasizes applications for parks and recreation infrastructure renovations and major repairs, while excluding the use of funds for operational expenses.

The maximum grant request this year is $30,000. Total funding for this year is expected to be between $150,000 and $200,000.

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Recreation Passport Grants, Deadline May 1

Community Connect Grant Program, Deadline May 3

The Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program (Community Connect Grant Program) is designed to provide financial assistance to furnish broadband service in rural, economically-challenged communities where such service does not currently exist.

Grant funds may be utilized to:

  1. deploy broadband transmission service to critical community facilities, rural residents, and rural businesses,
  2. construct, acquire, or expand a community center, and
  3. equip and operate a community center that provides free access to broadband services to community residents for at least two years.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to entities serving communities of up to 20,000 inhabitants to ensure rural consumers enjoy the same quality and range of telecommunications service as are available in urban and suburban communities.
Funding Opportunity Number:     RDRUS-CC-2011
Current Closing Date for Applications:     May 03, 2011
Archive Date:     Jun 03, 2011
Funding Instrument Type:     Grant
Category of Funding Activity:     Community Development
Expected Number of Awards:     300
Estimated Total Program Funding:     $25,000,000
Award Ceiling:     $1,500,000
Award Floor:     $50,000
CFDA Number(s):     10.863  —  Community Connect Grant Program
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:     Yes

Eligible Applicants

  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Small businesses

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Community Connect Grant Program, Deadline May 3

Clean Diesel Grants, Deadline Nov 29

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) is pleased to announce the availability of its 2010-2011 Request for Projects (RFP) for the State Clean Diesel Grant Program. Interested parties should visit the Michigan Clean Diesel Initiative (MiCDI) website to obtain a copy of the RFP and supporting application materials.

Approximately $1 million in grant funding is available for this RFP competition. Applicants are encouraged to apply for grant funds from municipalities, townships, and villages, county and non-profit agencies, school districts, municipal planning organizations and private industry. Projects must be located in one or more of 30 Michigan counties where implementation of diesel engine emissions reduction projects would be most beneficial.

All projects must utilize EPA- or California Air Resources Board-verified technology solutions, which include anti-idling and retrofit equipment, aerodynamic technologies, and engine, vehicle and equipment upgrades or replacements. The type of diesel engine fleets covered under this RFP include: school buses; medium and heavy duty trucks; buses, and marine, agricultural, energy production, mining and construction vehicles, and equipment.

This solicitation will be open for a period of 60 days, and completed applications, along with supporting materials are due back to the DNRE’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Compliance Assistance (OPPCA) on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, 5 p.m. EST. Applications that are late will not be accepted and applications that are on time, but not in the required format or those that are not complete will not receive consideration. Please note that project proposals and applications will be not be accepted by FAX or e-mail.

Clean Diesel Grants, Deadline Nov 29

Michigan Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program Grants

From the Michigan DNRE website:

Request for Pre-Proposals  July 2010

This is a request for pre-proposals (RFPP) for coastal land conservation projects from eligible entities for federal funding through the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP).  The Michigan Coastal Management Program (MCMP) within the Land and Water Management Division, Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE), will score, rank, and prioritize projects based on the criteria contained in Michigan’s Draft Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Plan.  The three highest-ranked projects will be submitted to the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for incorporation into a national prioritized list of projects.  It is anticipated that projects funded in the 2012 CELCP cycle will have a grant application start date between March 1, 2012 and October 1, 2012.

Applicants for CELCP funding are strongly encouraged to review Michigan’s Draft CELCP Plan and the “Project Ranking Factors and Scoring Guidance” contained therein.   A copy of the Draft CELCP Plan can be found at  Further information regarding the goals and administrative procedures for CELCP at the national level can be found at:

Eligible Applicants:

State, County, Township, City, or Village governments, Tribal governments, conservation districts, State Colleges and Universities.

Match Requirement:

Federal funds awarded under this program require non-federal match funds at a 1:1 ratio.  Match may be in the form of cash, in-kind contributions, such as the value of donated lands or interests therein, or a combination of the two.  Federal funds may not be used as match.

Project Location:

Projects must be located within the State of Michigan’s CELCP boundary as defined in Michigan’s Draft CELCP Plan.

Grant Amounts:

The maximum amount that may be requested for the Federal share of each project is $3,000,000.

Award Period:

The standard award period is 18 months, and may be extended an additional 18 months if circumstances warrant, but may not exceed three years.

All proposed CELCP projects must:
• Be held in public ownership (fee simple or conservation easements) and provide conservation in perpetuity;
• Provide for access to the general public or other public benefit, as appropriate and consistent with resource protection.

Eligible uses for CELCP funds:
• Acquisition of properties or interests in properties from willing sellers, provided that the terms and conditions will ensure that the property will be administered for conservation in perpetuity, including direct expenses relating to the acquisition of lands and interests in lands acquired under the authority of the CELCP; and

• Certain initial costs for land stewardship, not to exceed five percent of the award and not to exceed three years or the duration of the award period, to allow for signage, public safety, or other stewardship purposes.

Application Deadline:

Postmarked no later than September 3, 2010

Application Procedures:

Complete and sign the attached application form and submit it to:

Mr. Matt Smar, Acting Chief
Michigan Coastal Management Program
Land and Water Management Division
Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment
P.O. Box 30458
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7958

The CELCP was created in 2002 by the Department of Commerce, Justice, and State Appropriations Act “for the purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural or recreational state to other uses, giving priority to lands that can be effectively managed and protected and that have significant ecological value1.”

Participating coastal states receive project proposals, ranking them on a statewide basis.  The state can submit up to three eligible projects to the NOAA for competition in the national ranking.  Congress is authorized to appropriate up to $60 million a year to fund land acquisition through the CELCP.

The Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement for FY 2012 CELCP projects is not yet available, but is expected to be released in December 2010.  This state RFPP is being released ahead of the FFO to allow on-site project reviews before sites are obscured by winter weather.  It is expected that the FY 2012 FFO will be very similar to the FY 2011 FFO.  The FY 2011 CELCP FFO which includes the full details of the competition, along with project narrative and budget templates and the CELCP checklist, are posted on the Funding Opportunities page of the CELCP website, and should serve as a good template for preparation of projects submitted for this FY 2012 RFPP.  The MCMP will announce a formal RFP once the FY 2012 FFO is released by NOAA.

RFPP Process and Timeline:
• The RFPP is released – July 9, 2010
• Project pre-proposals due to the MCMP – postmarked or hand-delivered (before 4:00 PM) – September 3, 2010
• The MCMP staff will visit project sites – mid September to early October, 2010
• The MCMP will provide feedback to applicants prior to the release of the formal RFP-January 2011

Project Readiness:
The MCMP expects that proposed projects will be well along in their development.  Recognizing that projects can be in various stages of development and that funding from this cycle will not be available until March to October, 2012, project pre-proposals should still be as specific as possible.  Proposals should at least be for specific tracts of land, and landowners should have been contacted about their willingness to sell.  Prior to application under the formal RFP in January 2011 the applicant should be in a position to submit documentation that the current owner is a willing participant in a process of negotiation for sale of the property, or interests in the property, for conservation purposes.  This documentation may be in the form of a letter of willingness or intent, option letter, contract, or other similar form.

Additional Application Information:
• The MCMP staff will perform all site evaluations.
• A Phase 1 Environmental Assessment of the nominated property may be required.
• The applicant must ensure that the required nonfederal match is available for all acquisitions nominated to the federal CELCP program.  Nonfederal match may come from state and/or local governments, sponsoring or partner non-governmental organizations, and/or sources such as land trusts or land conservancies.
• The MCMP will make the final determination on projects to be submitted for consideration in the competitive, federal CELCP program and will be responsible for developing all nomination packages for submission to the NOAA.
• The eligible applicant will hold title to the respective property acquired through the CELCP program.
• The eligible applicant and the MCMP will hold duplicate documentation as required by the federal CELCP guidance.
• All properties acquired under this program will be maintained in accordance with applicable state laws.  Any revenues generated will be used by the applicant to continue the long-term stewardship of the properties in accordance with the established management plan.
• The property boundary of the project must lie entirely within the CELCP Plan boundary.
• Landowners who do not wish to sell their property, and who plan only to place a conservation easement over the parcel, must also use easement language and terms consistent with those used by the DNRE for other acquisition projects and the NOAA.  Written expression of this understanding with the landowner must be provided with the application.
• A tract-specific management plan must be developed within two years of the purchase and/or placement of a conservation easement of all properties so obtained.

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Michigan Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program Grants