The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced it is seeking pre-proposals for the next round of funding for the Aquatic Habitat Grant Program. This program is focused on funding projects that either protect intact aquatic habitat or rehabilitate degraded aquatic habitat.
There is $1.25 million available for this year’s program. Funded projects will emphasize the rehabilitation of degraded aquatic resources; development of self-sustaining aquatic communities that provide for continuing recreation opportunities and natural resource-based economies; and development of strong relationships, partnerships and new expertise with respect to aquatic habitat protection and recovery. Projects can address issues on rivers, lakes or the Great Lakes.
Funding is available to local, state, federal and tribal governments and nonprofit groups, for single- and multiple-year projects through an open competitive process. Minimum grant amounts will be set at $25,000 with the maximum amount being the amount of funds available for the grant cycle. Smaller projects within the same watershed addressing similar issues and system processes can be bundled into a single grant proposal package in order to reach minimum grant amount requirements, if necessary.
All applicants must complete and submit a three-page pre-proposal for review by the DNR’s Fisheries Division. Pre-proposals must be emailed no later than Aug. 28. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their pre-proposal by Sept. 29 and, if successful, will be invited to submit a full application. An invitation to submit a full application does not guarantee project funding.
This grant program is funded by revenues from fishing and hunting license fees. The detailed program handbook (including timeline) and pre-proposal guidelines and forms are available at michigan.gov/dnr-grants.