Source Water Protection Grants

Purpose:  To provide matching funds to public water supply systems for the development and implementation of a source water protection program to help prevent drinking water sources from becoming contaminated.  These funds can be used to develop a Surface Water Intake Protection Program for systems utilizing surface water or to develop a Wellhead Protection Program for those systems that use groundwater sources. 


Goals of the Program:  To provide incentives and financial assistance for the development and implementation of source water protection programs to facilitate the management of a public water system source water protection area to reduce the risk of contamination to the water supply.


Criteria:  Funding may be provided to successful applicants meeting the following criteria:


  • Community and not for profit non-transient non-community water systems
  • Not a Federally owned system
  • Public system does not have outstanding fees


Eligibility:  Public water system must demonstrate the following to be eligible:


  • Demonstration of funds to cover grant assistance and local match
  • Demonstration of long term commitment to the program
  • Establishment of a local source water protection team


Application Process:  Applications are available on our website annually on May 1 and are scored to establish a priority list if request for funding exceeds the funding available.


Nominating Procedures:  None.


Deadlines:  Applications are to be postmarked or delivered by June 15 annually.


Timelines:  Contracts will be awarded prior to the fiscal year and the grant cycle is from October 1 to September 30, annually.


Dollar Amount(s) Available (Min or Max):  Approximately one half million dollars is available in total annually.


Required Match:  Fifty (50) percent local match is required.


Source(s) of Funds:  Wellhead Protection and Capacity Development set aside funds from the Michigan Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund.


Authority:  State of Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, Act 399 PA 1976, as amended.


Responsible Division/Office Contact(s):  Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance, Field Operations Section, Jason Berndt 517-241-4796.


Phase-out/Expansion/Changes for Next Fiscal Year:  None.


Related Grants:  None.


Recent Awards/Example Project:  See Wellhead Protection Web site under Grants.


Request for Proposals:  See Wellhead Protection Web site under Grants.