Waterways Grant Program Changes

Rec plans now need to be included as part of the submission package!

The Department of Natural Resources’ Parks and Recreation Division recently announced a schedule of workshops to discuss the inclusion of a five-year plan as part of the DNR’s Waterways Program Grant application process.

This change will allow communities to incorporate local harbors into their budget process just like any other community asset., encouraging a more holistic approach to long-term community goals and recreational benefits to their communities. The Michigan State Waterways Commission, an advisory group to the DNR, has reviewed the proposal to add the plans in the application process and is in support of the DNR’s decision to adopt the requirement.

Each community that has received a Waterways Fund grant in the past will be notified through e-mail and postal mail. In addition, waterways staff will hold workshops regionally around the state. There is no cost for the workshops, which are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 11, 9 a.m.-noon
    Holiday Inn Express, 1201 W. Main St., Gaylord.
  • Wednesday, June 18, 9 a.m.-noon
    Franklin Inn, 1070 E. Huron Ave., Bad Axe.
  • Tuesday, June 24, 9 a.m.-noon
    Days Inn, 2403 U.S. Highway 41 W., Marquette.
  • Wednesday, July 9, 9 a.m.-noon
    Holiday Inn-Muskegon Harbor, 939 Third St., Muskegon.

These sessions are open to all interested parties. An RSVP is recommended to reserve a seat; please RSVP to Darlene Moore at 517-284-6138 or moored4@michigan.gov at least five days before each workshop.

The tentative agenda is outlined below:

  • 9-10:30 a.m.: Discuss new requirements for Waterways Program Grants
  • 10:30 a.m.-noon: Review the process from grant application through project completion and learn how to streamline that process
Waterways Grant Program Changes

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