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)

Waterway Cleanup Grants, Deadline Feb. 20

. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and Great Lakes Commission today announced the availability of $25,000 for small grants to support local efforts to clean up Michigan rivers, streams and creeks.

Michigan’s Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program provides grants to local units of government to help clean Michigan waterways. Local units of government may partner with nonprofit organizations or other volunteer groups to carry out the work. A 25 percent minimum local match is required.

The program is funded by fees from the sale of Michigan’s specialty water quality protection license plates, available from the Secretary of State’s Office.

The application deadline is Feb. 20, 2018.  Applications are reviewed and assessed by the MDEQ and Great Lakes Commission, with final decisions anticipated in early May 2018.

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Waterway Cleanup Grants, Deadline Feb. 20

GLRI Partners for Fish & Wildlife, Deadline June 30

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative targets the most significant environmental problems in the Great Lakes ecosystem by funding and implementing federal projects that address these problems. One goal is to improve habitat and wildlife protection and restoration. Using appropriations from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program anticipates funding wetland and associated upland habitat restoration and enhancement projects for conservation of native Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations, particularly migratory birds. Restoration projects will be completed on privately owned (non-federal/non-state) lands. Emphasis will be placed on, but not limited to, completing projects within the watersheds of Great Lakes Areas of Concern and in coastal zones.

The PFW Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to private landowners to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources. In the Great Lakes watershed, PFW biologists from eight states coordinate with project partners, stakeholders, and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Geographic focus areas are where the PFW Program directs resources to conserve habitat for federal trust species. Project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance our mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. Program strategic plans inform the types of projects funded under this opportunity.

Applicants seeking funding under this program should review the program strategic plan and also contact the PFW state coordinator PRIOR TO submitting an application for funding. Substantial involvement on the part of the Service is anticipated for the successful completion of the activities to be funded. In particular, the Service will be responsible for the following: PFW biologists provide direct technical assistance to landowners to identify, design and implement voluntary habitat improvement projects, such as wetland restoration, or grassland establishment, on private lands.

Awards range from $1,000-$25,000, application deadline is June 30, 2017. Contact us for more details. To learn more about GFA visit our website at

GLRI Partners for Fish & Wildlife, Deadline June 30

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

Great Lakes Fishery Trust, Deadline August 23

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) is now accepting grant proposals under its Access to the Great Lakes Fishery funding category. Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

The GLFT’s Access to the Great Lakes Fishery grant category focuses on significantly increasing access to the Great Lakes fishery for shore-based angling and tribal commercial fishing. Up to $500,000 is available for access projects in 2016.

The GLFT supports its access goals through a combination of competitive and funder-directed grantmaking. Supported activities may include:

  1. Construction of new access sites
  2. Upgrades and renovations to existing access sites
  3. Engineering and feasibility studies for proposed access sites
  4. Land acquisition to support subsequent access site development
  5. Communication and outreach efforts regarding existing shore-based angling opportunities

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Great Lakes Fishery Trust, Deadline August 23

Wetland Grants, Due May 13

Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) assist state, tribal, local government (S/T/LG) agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in building or refining state/tribal/local programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of these grants is to build/refine state and tribal wetland programs. A secondary focus is to build/refine local (e.g. county or municipal) programs.   All proposals submitted under this RFP must be for projects that build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs. Implementation of wetland protection programs is not an eligible project under this announcement.
Wetland mapping as part of a project to build or refine a state/tribal/local government program to research, investigate, experiment, train, demonstrate, survey, and study the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution is eligible for funding. Wetland mapping and monitoring projects are eligible for funding under this announcement as they are considered studies or investigations that build or refine state/tribal/local government programs.
Examples of anticipated outcomes from the assistance agreements to be awarded under this announcement include, but are not limited to:

  • Increased understanding of a wetland’s condition;
  • Increased understanding of wetland ecologic condition at population scales (i.e., state, tribal, or regional);
  • Improved wetland protection efforts; • Increased understanding of the impacts of climate change on wetlands;
  • Improved wetland inventories and baseline condition assessments to address climate change and sea level rise effects;
  • Improved data to use in modeling potential hydrologic change, ecosystem/biogeographic shifts, wetland losses, or wetland increases on the landscape;
  • Increased understanding of how to ensure “no net loss” in quality and quantity of wetlands in the CWA 404 or state/tribal regulatory program;
  • Increased quantity of wetlands; • Increased quality of wetlands;
  • Improved baseline information on wetland extent, condition and performance to inform effective adaptation to climate change; and
  • Increased understanding of and ecological success of wetland/stream compensatory mitigation.

States and tribes can apply under Track One or Track Two. Local governments, interstate agencies, intertribal consortia, and eligible universities that are agencies of a state government can apply under Track Two only.  Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at

Wetland Grants, Due May 13

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

Dam Management Grants, Deadline Nov. 13

Program Goals
This program is designed to address the Governor’s direction on community infrastructure needs as stated in his 2011 address on this issue. The main objectives of the DMPG are to:

  • Enhance aquatic environments and reduce long-term infrastructure costs by removing dams without an economic purpose; or
  • Repair or facilitate major maintenance work on dams that serve an economic purpose and cause minimal environmental impacts,  or present imminent public safety issues. Please note that the purpose of this grant program is to address failing infrastructure needs.  It is not intended to fund general maintenance or to correct deficiencies in the design of otherwise structurally sound dams.

Program Objectives and Priorities
The key objectives and priorities addressed by this program are:

  • Removal of impairments to watershed processes that include: connectivity; fish and wildlife passage; hydrology; sediment and woody debris transport, water quality; and fish community composition and size structure.  Resolution of public safety concerns.
  • Increased public involvement in watershed issues.
  • Increased access to aquatic resources.
  • Improving quality of life in urban areas.
  • High rate of return on dam management investments.

Eligible Projects

  • Removal of dams that have no economic purpose resulting in the enhancement of aquatic environments and the reduction of long term infrastructure costs.
  • Repair/major maintenance of dams which have an economic purpose that are an imminent public safety issue and are deemed of unsatisfactory condition by the DEQ Dam Safety Program or are under DEQ order.

Eligible Costs
Only those costs directly associated with completing the project and incurred during the project period with the exception of engineering, design and design administration costs, are eligible for reimbursement.

Ineligible Projects
Projects with scope of work outside the grant focus area are not eligible for Dam Management Grant support.  Within the focus area, the following types of projects are also not eligible:

  • Feasibility or ecological studies.
  • Experimental and unproven methods to rehabilitate river channels after dam removals or used in rehabilitating a dam.
  • Routine maintenance activities and operational costs.
  • Any project where the estimated repair/major maintenance is less than 50% of the estimated cost of replacing the structure.
  • Dams that are in litigation and/or mitigation.

Eligible Grant Applicants
Any federal, tribal, local and state units of government, nonprofit groups or individuals in Michigan may apply for a Dam Management Grant.

Grant Limits & Local Committed Fund Requirements
There is no minimum grant amount and the maximum grant amount you can apply for is the amount of funds appropriated in a given fiscal year.  The applicant must commit to provide at least 10% of the total project cost.  The 10% may be in any of the following forms:

  • Applicant’s own cash
  • Applicant’s own force account labor, equipment, or materials.
  • Donations of cash, materials, equipment or services by others – requires letter(s) of commitment from donors at time of application

Scores for projects where applicant commits in excess of 10% will be increased based upon the amount committed.

Applications must be in by Nov. 13, 2015. Please contact us for more information.


Dam Management Grants, Deadline Nov. 13

MDEQ Non-Point Source Water Quality Grants, Deadline Aug. 12

The DEQ is making available about $4.2 million of state and federal funding for water quality projects that restore and protect Michigan’s lakes, streams and wetlands by controlling polluted runoff. State and local governments, nonprofits, and colleges and universities are eligible to apply.

The funding opportunities include:

• Clean Michigan Initiative – Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants: About $2 million is available to fund the installation of best management practices in critical areas identified in watershed management plans approved by the DEQ. Proposals must include a minimum of 25 percent local match.

• Federal Clean Water Act, Section 319: About $2.2 million is available to implement priority recommendations of DEQ-approved watershed management plans. Proposals must include a minimum of 25 percent local match.

Notices of Intent are due Aug. 12, and full applications from invited entities are due Oct. 9. Contact us for more information.

MDEQ Non-Point Source Water Quality Grants, Deadline Aug. 12