• Program Objective:

    The Fisheries Habitat Grant supports a variety of activities to benefit fisheries, aquatic resources, and the public, including fish habitat conservation, dam removal and repair, and access to recreation.

    Criteria:

    Competitive projects will address causes of habitat degradation as opposed to symptoms, provide long-lasting benefits, address needs on the Fisheries Division priority habitat projects list, be cost-effective, use appropriate methods, monitor project outcomes, address health and human safety for dam management, and/or address research and assessment needs to inform future habitat conservation.

    Eligibility:

    Local, state, federal, or tribal units of government, academic institutions, or non-profit groups.

    Application Process:

    1. Consultation with DNR staff
    2. Submittal of a pre-proposal
    3. Evaluation by DNR staff
    4. Submittal of a full grant application (invitation based)
    5. Evaluation by DNR staff
    6. Final approval of grant awards by the DNR Director

    Deadline:

    Pre-proposals are accepted on an annual basis and are typically due in late August of each year. Invitations to submit full proposals are sent out in late September and full proposals are due in November.

    Timeline:

    • Request for pre-proposals begins late July
    • Pre-proposals due late August
    • Invitation to submit full applications begins late September
    • Full applications due mid-November
    • Awards announced by mid-March
    • Project period begins upon execution of grant agreement
    • Project periods are one and a half years (two construction seasons) with potential to apply for extensions

    Grant Limits:

    • Minimum grant request amount: $25,000
    • Maximum grant request amount: Amount of funds available in the theme(s) for which the application is eligible (up to $1.825 M)
    • Minimum match of 10% is required

    Source of Funds:

    Game and Fish Protection Fund (Aquatic habitat conservation theme), State of Michigan General Fund (Dam management theme), and Game and Fish Settlement Fund (Aquatic habitat and recreation in the Au Sable, Manistee, and Muskegon watersheds theme).

    Authority:

    Part 5 of Act 451, P.A. 1994, as amended, and annual appropriation by the Michigan Legislature

    Contact:

    Fisheries Division: Joe Nohner, 517-284-6236

    Grants Management Section: Chip Kosloski, 517-284-5965