$2.6 million in water quality improvement grants available

Aug. 5, 2014

For More Information
Robert Sweet, 517-284-5520, sweetr@michigan.gov
Brad Wurfel, 517-284-6713, wurfelb@michigan.gov

The DEQ is seeking grant applications for water quality projects that restore and protect Michigan’s wetlands, lakes and streams. About $2.6 million from state and federal funding is available, and units of government, nonprofit organizations and universities are eligible to apply.

The funding opportunities include:
• Federal Clean Water Act, Section 319: About $2.1 million is available to implement priority recommendations of watershed management plans previously approved by the DEQ.
• Clean Michigan Initiative – Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants: About $500,000 is available to fund the installation of best management practices in critical areas identified in watershed management plans approved by the DEQ.

Proposals for either project must include a minimum 25 percent local match.

Notices of Intent are due Aug. 20, and full applications from invited entities are due Oct. 17. The full text of the Request for Proposals including eligibility criteria, priorities, and the required forms and instructions can be found at www.michigan.gov/nps or by calling 517-284-5531.

Grant awards are contingent upon the sale of Clean Michigan Initiative general obligation bonds to support these projects and the appropriation of funding by the U.S. Congress and Michigan Legislature.