Local Water Quality Monitoring Grants

Note: These grants are currently unavailable due to lack of funding.  We hope to have a restored funding source in the future.

Purpose: To provide funding to local governments and organizations to implement water quality monitoring projects throughout the state.

Goals of the Program: The collection of water quality data that can be used to:  support local decision-making; identify sources of pollution; identify emerging water quality issue; and generate local interest in water quality.  Grantees may collect chemical, physical, and/or biological data as appropriate based on local issues and concerns.

Eligibility: Local governments (city/townships), county health departments, tribal governments, watershed councils, and conservation districts, and academia.


  • A clear statement of goals and objectives.
  • A demonstrated ability to successfully carry out the project.
  • The commitment to develop and follow quality assurance and quality control procedures.
  • The amount of matching funds and/or in-kind services.

Application Process

  • Grant Application Packages are distributed.
  • Applications are reviewed and projects selected.
  • Applicants are notified.
  • Contracts are awarded upon receipt of an acceptable work plan and budget.

Nominating Procedures: Grant applications are selected for funding by the Department based on program priorities, criteria, and eligibility.

Deadlines: Deadlines may vary from year to year based on funding priorities.  Applicants will usually have 30-60 days to prepare and submit a grant application.  Grant awards will be announced following Department review.  The Department reserves 120 days for the review process.

Timelines: In general, applicants can expect to receive notification within 120 days of the application submittal deadline.

Dollar Amount(s) Available (Min. or Max): $250,000 in Clean Michigan Initiative funds are generally available each fiscal year.  There is no maximum or minimum amount for individual grants.

Required Match: The grants require a minimum of 25% local match (can include in-kind services).

Source(s) of Funds: Clean Michigan Initiative bond funds.

Authority: Section 8808 of 1994 P.A. 451, as amended.

Responsible Division/Office contact: Water Resources Division, Dawn Roush, 517-284-5555.

Phase-out/Expansion/Changes for Next Fiscal Year: Dollar amounts available are subject to change on an annual basis.

Past Awards/Example Project: The Bear Creek Inter-County Drain Board will track sources of bacteria in the Bear Creek watershed, a tributary to the Clinton River.  Three stations will be monitored along Bear Creek, with approximately 150 samples collected during dry weather and 300 samples during wet weather.  Samples will be analyzed for E. coli.  A subset of these samples will be tested using bacterial source tracking methods, which can distinguish the origins of fecal contamination such as humans, birds, domestic animals, and wildlife.

Request for Proposals: See the Assessment of Michigan Waters under Grants.