Marine Safety Grants to Counties

Forms and Publications
Click on the link above for forms and publications for this grant

Program Objective(s):

The objective of the Marine Safety program is to promote safety in the use of recreational watercraft through enforcement and education.


Grant funding is made available to all county sheriff departments and is dependent on such factors as the area of public waters to be patrolled, the number of law enforcement personnel available for marine patrol, the number of boat livery inspections to be conducted and the extent of the county's boating safety education program. 


All county sheriff departments in the State of Michigan are eligible to apply for Marine Safety grant funds.  Expenses applied to patrol time and enforcement work, instruction of boating safety classes, inspection of boat liveries, contractual services, supplies and materials (CSS&M); and equipment necessary for patrol and enforcement work are all eligible for reimbursement, dependent on availability of State funding.

Application Process:

 1. Grant applications are made available in MiRecGrants in early January each year.
 2. County grant proposals are due in MiRecGrants by March 1 to the Department of Natural Resources.
 3. The Department reviews, evaluates and approves funding to counties.
 4. The Department prepares grant agreements and notifies each county of their approved Marine Safety program grant via MiRecGrants.



To receive reimbursement, a completed State Aid Voucher and documentation of expenditures are due by October 31 following the end of the grant period, for reimbursement with federal funds and March 1 for state funds.



The time period from grant application to grant award is two to three months. For state funds, grants are issued for an entire calendar year, January 1 through December 31. For federal funds, grants are issued for a partial fiscal year, January 1 through September 30.

Dollar Amount(s) Available:

Funding is based on the criteria listed above and varies from county to county. Reimbursement with state funds is up to 75 percent of actual expenditures, but not to exceed the grant allocation. Reimbursement with federal funds is up to 100 percent of actual expenditures, not to exceed the grant allocation.

Source(s) of Funds:

State funds: administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Federal funds:  Boating Safety Financial Assistance, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security.


Part 801, PA 451 of 1994, as amended

Grants Management:  Christie Bayus, 517-284-5923, or
Michelle Ballard, 517-284-5974,

Law Enforcement Division:  Lieutenant Thomas R. Wanless, 517-284-6026,