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DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant application period now open

Jan. 27, 2022

short new plant growth in a field

Now through March 15, the Wildlife Habitat Grant Program will be accepting applications, with priority given to projects enhancing game species habitat. 

"We look forward to the opportunity to partner with those who want to increase habitat and enhance existing habitat through the Wildlife Habitat Grant Program," said Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division Chief Jared Duquette. "Healthy and abundant habitats not only benefit wildlife, but also benefit Michigan residents by providing cleaner air and water and by offering spaces to enjoy nature, enhancing physical and mental health."

Funding is available for local, state, federal and tribal governments, profit and nonprofit groups, and individuals through an open, competitive process. Minimum grant amounts will be set at $15,000, with the maximum being the amount of funds available for that grant cycle. The 2022 overall available grant amount is approximately $1 million.   

The Wildlife Habitat Grant Program began in October 2013 and is funded from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. The program's main objective is to enhance and improve the quality and quantity of game species habitat in support of the Wildlife Division's strategic plan.  

The grant program application period begins Jan. 27. Applications must be submitted through MiGrants no later than March 15 to be considered for funding. Successful grant applications will be announced in May. The detailed program handbook and more information are available at Michigan.gov/Wildlife or Michigan.gov/DNRGrants


Note to editors: An accompanying photo is available below for download. Caption information follows.

  • Regeneration: Regeneration after a prescribed fire in the Pigeon River Country State Forest to benefit elk and other wildlife species, funded by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Habitat Grant Program.
Contact: Clay Buchanan, 517-614-0918