Department of Natural Resources
Dec. 8, 2020
|The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Habitat Grant program is offering an expected $1.85 million in funding for a variety of activities, including fish habitat conservation, dam removal and repair, resource assessment studies, and providing access to recreation.
“Protection and rehabilitation of fish and other aquatic animals’ habitats are common to all three Fisheries Habitat Grant themes, because habitat degradation threatens Michigan’s fish and aquatic resources,” said Joe Nohner, a resource analyst with the DNR Fisheries Division. “The DNR prioritizes habitat conservation that targets the causes of habitat decline, such as barriers to connectivity, altered water levels or flow, and degraded water quality and riparian land – those transitional areas between land and water, like riverbanks.”
|Proposed projects addressing the causes of habitat decline might include efforts to:
Grant and application guidelines
Grant applicants may apply for and receive funding from all three themes with one application, if eligible for each. Funding is derived from:
Grant amounts will start at a minimum of $25,000 and have the potential to be as large as the total amount of funding available in all theme areas for which a project is eligible. If necessary, smaller projects within the same region addressing similar issues and system processes can be bundled into a single grant proposal package to reach the minimum grant amount.
The DNR identifies specific priority projects, through its fisheries priority habitat projects list, which will receive preference during proposal review. Applications for projects on this list still will need to be competitive in other aspects, such as cost, appropriate methods and design, and applicant expertise, so the grants are not expected to exclusively fund projects on this list. In the previous grant cycle, about half of all funded projects were fisheries habitat priority projects.
All applicants must complete and submit a short preproposal for DNR review. Preproposals must be submitted by email to Chip Kosloski at KosloskiC3@Michigan.gov no later than Jan. 8, 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their preproposal by Feb. 5, 2021, and will be invited to submit a full application if successful. An invitation to submit a full application does not guarantee project funding. Final funding announcements are expected to be made by May 31, 2021.
The detailed program handbook, including timeline, and preproposal guidelines and forms are available at Michigan.gov/DNRGrants.
/Note to editors: Accompanying photos are available below for download. Caption information follows.
Dam: Contractors remove the Pucker Street Dam in Berrien County to improve connectivity, temperature and fish habitat on the Dowagiac River.
Habitat: Contractors and volunteers install a bioengineered lake shoreline to create habitat and protect the shoreline from erosion. (Photo credit: Brian Majka)/