Other Funding Opportunities

Potential Grant Sources for Stream Habitat Restoration in Michigan

Federal Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act

To rehabilitate or decommission dams and other water resource projects constructed under previous federal agricultural development and flood control programs. Federal funds provide up to 65% of total cost. Contact your local office of the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service for more information.

Great Lakes Commission, Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control

The Great Lakes Basin Program improves water quality through soil erosion and sedimentation control demonstration projects, technical assistance, and education programs.

Great Lakes Fishery Trust

The mission of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust is to provide funding to enhance, protect and rehabilitate Great Lakes fishery resources. The GLFT will manage its resources to compensate for lost use and enjoyment of the Lake Michigan fishery resulting from the operation of the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant.

Great Lakes Protection Fund

The Fund welcomes pre-proposals for projects that identify a specific improvement to the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem and have a pragmatic plan to produce those improvements. The Fund supports projects that produce results for the entire basin ecosystem, are carried out by collaborative teams, and tackle issues that have not generally been addressed at basin scale.

Michigan Habitat Improvement Fund

To provide funds for projects on the Manistee, Muskegon and AuSable rivers to improve and enhance fisheries and aquatic resources affected by the operation of Consumers Energy Company's hydropower projects. These projects include fisheries habitat restoration and enhancement, preparing comprehensive river management plans, aquatic studies, fisheries recreation, water quality improvement and soil erosion control activities on these three rivers.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation funds projects to conserve and restore fish, wildlife, and native plants through matching grant programs. The Foundation awards matching grants to projects that address priority actions promoting fish and wildlife conservation and the habitats on which they depend, work proactively to involve other conservation and community interests, leverage Foundation-provided funding, and evaluate project outcomes. Federal, state, and local governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations are welcomed to apply for a general matching grant throughout the year.

Natural Resource Trust Fund

The objective is to provide grants to local units of government and to the State for acquisition and development of lands and facilities for outdoor recreation or the protection of Michigan's significant natural resources. Applications are evaluated on established criteria such as resource protection, water access, and project need. At least 25% match on either acquisition or development projects is required from local government applicants.

Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network

The Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN) was created to enhance the quality of life in the Saginaw Bay Watershed by creating regional networks of on-the-ground projects that demonstrate sustainability. These projects link economic, environmental, and community goals. The partnership includes communities, conservationists, foundations, and businesses working together to balance the region's economic, environmental, and social goals.

Trout Unlimited- Save a Stream Program

TU offers several national fishery conservation programs to mobilize volunteers to clean up and restore streams and rivers, teach the next generation of conservationists, and unite our chapters, councils and national staff in conservation work. Those programs include:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Continuing Authorities Program

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has the authority, provided by Section 1135 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986, as amended, to modify the structures and operations of Corps projects to improve the quality of the environment and restore ecosystem functions impaired by projects built by the Corps or jointly by the Corps and other Federal agencies, or at any site that has been affected by a Corps project. The primary goal of these projects is ecosystem restoration with an emphasis on projects benefiting fish and wildlife. There is a 25% non-federal cost share.

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Fish Passage Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program's National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) is a voluntary, non-regulatory conservation assistance program that provides financial and technical assistance to remove or bypass artificial barriers that impede the movement of fish and other aquatic species and contribute to their decline. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service implements fish passage improvement-based, cost-shared projects to protect, restore, or enhance habitats that support fish and other aquatic species and their populations.

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership

The Partnership's purpose is to complete on the ground fish habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement projects. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Partnership recognize that a substantial amount of the protection, restoration and enhancement of fish habitat will be done at the local level by local watershed associations, municipalities, tribes, states and non-governmental organizations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Partnership will work with organizations to encourage local conservation actions that fit within the Partnership's Strategic Plan priorities.