Waterways Program Grants

 

Please note that now all harbor grant applications for the Waterways program will require:
  • A Recreation Harbor/Marina Facilities 5 year Recreation Plan which shall include the following:
    • A description of how your community intends to address recreational plan elements like correct size of facility, marketing/events/partnering plans, dredging needs, dredging cycles (how often), dredge volume, and disposal location. Also, please address infrastructure replacement schedules, annual maintenance schedules and replacement or habilitation schedules of large investments like docks, buildings, etc. A brief description is acceptable and may be covered in the goals and objectives and the action program.
  • The last three years of harbor traffic (harbor logs)
  • The last three years of financial summaries for the harbor (submitted with the community's Waterways grant application)

 

Grand Haven Municipal Marina
Grand Haven Municipal Marina
Escanaba North Shore Boating Access Site
Escanaba North Shore Boating Access Site

Grant Program Background and History

Application and Information

Timeline

Application Review

Agreement Language

Project Guidance and Requirements

Design Guidelines and Standards

Project Forms

Reimbursement Information

List of Approved Waterways Grants

Grant Project Photos

Boating Information Links

Contact Information


Grant Program Background and History

Waterways Program Grants are funded through the Michigan State Waterways Fund from state marine fuel tax and water craft registrations. By law, administration of the Waterways Program is through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and overseen by the Department's Parks and Recreation Division. For legislation on the creation and management of the program, select a link below:

 

 

 

Application and Information

Grants provide funding assistance for design and construction of public recreational harbor/marina and boating access site/launch facilities throughout the state. Only local units of government (city, village, township, or county) and public universities are eligible. Applicants may cooperate with community/sports organizations in the implementation of projects. On-site investigation by DNR, Parks and Recreation Division staff may be required to determine suitability of proposed work. Applicant may also be required to document area boating demand. Greater priority may be given to projects for which a local applicant documents match capabilities equal to or greater than the percentage of project cost they are required to provide. The local match can include in-kind expenses as long as they are well-documented. For application and information, select a link below:

 

 

 

Timeline

Applications, and all required information, must be received in the Lansing office by the Program Manager by 5:00 p.m., April 1st. If April 1st falls on a weekend, the deadline would be 5pm on the first business day after April 1st. The application review and funding process for projects is from April 1st until an appropriation is approved by the Legislature. This can take up to 18 to 24 months. Notification of approval for engineering and smaller sized construction projects may occur within six months after completed application form and proper documentation are received. Funding for construction is not released until permits are secured.

Application Review

Technical review of applications is performed after the grant deadline. Grants are awarded based on Parks and Recreation Division review, prioritization, and funding appropriation. Large projects will require completed preliminary engineering study and permit approval prior to grant consideration for construction. For tier review scoring criteria, select a link below:

 

 

 

Agreement Language

 

 

Project Guidance and Requirements

 

 

Design Guidelines and Standards

 

 

Project Forms

 

 

Reimbursement Information

 

 

List of Approved Waterways Grants

 

 

Grant Project Photos

Boating Access Site Photos

Harbor and Marina Photos

Boating Information Links

 

 

Contact Information

Paul Petersen, Waterways Grant Program Manager
DNR, Parks and Recreation Division
P.O. Box 30257
Lansing, MI 48909
517-284-6122
petersenp@michigan.gov

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