Competitive projects will address causes of habitat degradation as opposed to symptoms, provide long-lasting benefits, address needs on the Fisheries Division priority habitat projects list, be cost-effective, use appropriate methods, monitor project outcomes, address health and human safety for dam management, and/or address research and assessment needs to inform future habitat conservation.
Local, state, federal, or tribal units of government, academic institutions, or non-profit groups are all eligible.
Pre-proposals are accepted on an annual basis and are typically due in late August of each year. Invitations to submit full proposals are sent out in late September and full proposals are due in November.
- Minimum grant request amount: $25,000
- Maximum grant request amount: Amount of funds available in the theme(s) for which the application is eligible (up to $1.84 M)
- Minimum match of 10% is required
Source of Funding: Game and Fish Protection Fund (Aquatic habitat conservation theme), State of Michigan General Fund (Dam management theme), and Game and Fish Settlement Fund (Aquatic habitat and recreation in the Au Sable, Manistee, and Muskegon watersheds theme).