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Recreation Grants

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.

Available grants

Natural Resources Trust Fund

Provides grants to local units of government and to the state for acquisition and development of lands and facilities for outdoor recreation or the conservation of natural resources. This is the only grant program for land acquisition. Requires 5-year recreation plan. Must apply through MiGrants.

Boating Infrastructure Grants

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.

Michigan Boating Pumpout Grants

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.

Land and Water Conservation Fund

Provides grants to local units of government and to the state to develop land for public outdoor recreation such as: trails, picnic areas, beaches, campgrounds, boating access and fishing areas. Requires 5-year recreation plan. Must apply through MiGrants.

Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Trail Improvement Program

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.

Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program

Provides matching grants to states and local governments for the development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities in urban areas.

Recreation Passport Grant Program

Provides funding to local units for the development of public recreation facilities. This includes the development of new facilities and the renovation of old facilities and can also be used for indoor facilities. Must apply through MiGrants.

Snowmobile Trail Improvement Program

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.

Waterways Program Grants

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.

Additional information

5-Year Recreation Plan

To be eligible to apply for certain grants, a community must submit an approved 5-Year plan by February 1 of the year they apply. 

Grant Workshops

An annual workshop is held to cover program updates and application guidance for the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, Land and Water Conservation Fund, and Recreation Passport Grant Program. 

MiGrants

Applications for some grants must go through the MiGrants online grants application system.  Information, tutorials, and a link to MiGrants are available here.

Recognition Plaques

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