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Through our numerous grant programs, we can provide financial assistance to Michigan communities to acquire land for parks and open space, develop outdoor and indoor recreation facilities, and maintain, improve and renovate existing recreation facilities. Each grant program has specific criteria for eligible projects and who can apply, as well as specific application deadlines and minimum/maximum grant request amounts. Some grant programs require a 5-year recreation plan to be approved before applying for the grant. Click on each program below for specific details.
Provides grants to local units of government or public authorities legally established to provide public recreation. The grants will help local communities across the state who want to create, renovate or redevelop public outdoor opportunities for residents and visitors – especially those communities adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Provides federal funding assistance for the design and construction of public recreational harbor facilities serving transient boaters. Local units of government, public universities and private facilities are eligible to apply.
Provides funding for new or upgraded marine sewage disposal facilities, pumpouts and dump stations. Grants are provided to both private and public boating facilities, as long as they are open to the public.
Provides funding for maintenance of established ORV trails and facilities as part of the designated statewide trail system. It also funds development of new trails and facilities, and restoration of areas damaged by ORV use. Government agencies and nonprofit, incorporated clubs and organizations are eligible.
Provides funding to maintain snowmobile trails as part of the designated statewide trail system including seasonal grooming and general maintenance, special maintenance projects that improve the condition and/or access to trails, and replacement of equipment used for maintaining trails.
Provides financial and technical assistance for design and construction of public recreational boating facilities, including state-sponsored harbor and mooring facilities. Only local units of government and public universities are eligible to apply. Applications require the development of a 5-year recreation plan for harbor projects.
Recognition plaques are required for many grant programs such as the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, Land and Water Conservtion Fund, Recreation Passport Grant Program, and Clean Michigan Initiative
Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)
Michigan’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is a five year strategic plan that shapes investment by the State of Michigan and local communities in priority outdoor recreation infrastructure and programming. View the 2018-2022 SCORP plan.