Wildlife Habitat Grant Program (WHGP)

2017 WHGP Application Information 

2015 Habitat Grant Workshop Presentation

WHGP Grantee Information

Previously Awarded Projects

Program Objective(s):

The Wildlife Habitat Grant Program (WHGP) purpose is to provide funding to local, state, federal and tribal units of government, profit or non-profit groups, and individuals to assist the Wildlife Division with developing or improving wildlife habitat for game species. The WHGP is administered by the Michigan DNR through a cooperative effort between Wildlife Division and Grants Management.


Projects that incorporate specific goals in The GPS - the strategic plan of the Wildlife Division, will be given priority.

Goal 2 - Manage habitat for sustainable wildlife populations and wildlife based recreation.


To be eligible to participate in the WHGP, an application must be submitted from a local, state, federal or tribal unit of government, profit or non-profit groups or individuals in Michigan who will commit to maintain the area to be improved for the useful life of the project.


Proposal applications are due by close of business on July 21, 2017.


Successful applicants will be notified on or shortly after October 1, 2017. Approved projects will start upon execution of a grant agreement. All projects are required to be fully completed and all expenses incurred by Sept. 30, 2019. The final project report will be due by November 14, 2019.

Dollar Amount(s) Available:

The minimum grant amount is $15,000 and the maximum grant amount you can apply for is the amount of funds appropriated in a given fiscal year. The required partner cost share for approved projects is 10 percent of the total project.

Source of Funds:

The WHGP began in October 2013 and is funded by a portion of the hunting and fishing licenses sold each year.


Clay Buchanan
Wildlife Division Grant Coordinator

Chip Kosloski
Wildlife Habitat Grant Program Manager