The DNR currently is accepting pre-proposals for the next round of Aquatic Habitat Grant Program funding. This program is focused on supporting projects that either protect intact aquatic habitat (the places where aquatic species live) or rehabilitate aquatic habitat that has become degraded.
The program this year is offering $1.25 million. Selected projects will emphasize:
· Rehabilitation of degraded aquatic resources.
· Development of self-sustaining aquatic communities that provide for continuing outdoor recreation opportunities and natural resource-based economies.
· Development of strong relationships, partnerships and new expertise with respect to aquatic habitat protection and recovery.
Projects can address issues on rivers, inland lakes or the Great Lakes.
Funding is available to local, state, federal and tribal governments and nonprofit groups for single- and multiple-year projects and will be awarded 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 region 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 submitted by email to Chip Kosloski at email@example.com no later than Monday, Aug. 27. Applicants will be notified by Friday, Sept. 28, and, if successful, will be invited to submit a full application. An invitation to submit a full application does not guarantee project funding.
This 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. For more information, contact Joe Nohner at 517-284-6236 or Chip Kosloski at 517-284-5965.