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Waterways Program Grants
DNR Waterways Program Grants provide funding for engineering studies and infrastructure improvements. Michigan grant-in-aid harbors and public boating access sites managed by local units of government (city, village, township and county) and state colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
FY2023 grant funding
For FY2023, the Michigan Legislature appropriated approximately $3.6 million for Waterways Program Grants
- Grant funding requires a 50% match of the estimated project cost.
- Grant requests that include more than a 50% applicant fund match will be given additional preference.
- An applicant fund match can include well-documented in-kind expenses.
- Applicants not able to provide the 50% match, but can demonstrate a "qualified need" can still apply.
- For additional information on a "qualified need," contact Linnae Dawson at 517-290-2200.
Harbor project criteria
Applicants submitting a Waterways Grant Program Application and select "Harbor" (not boating access sites) as the project type, must submit:
- An approved Harbor/Marina Facilities 5-Year Recreation Plan (or amendment to the existing 5-year plan) through Grants Management that includes:
- A description of recreational plan elements such as facility size, marketing/events/partnering plans, dredging needs, dredging cycles (how often), dredge volume and dredge disposal location.
- A brief description of infrastructure replacement schedules, annual maintenance schedules and replacement or habilitation schedules of large investments like docks, buildings, etc.
- Last three years of harbor traffic (harbor logs).
- Last three years of financial summaries for the harbor.
Eligible applicants include local units of government (city, village, township and county) and state colleges and universities. Local units and universities may cooperate with sports/community organizations in the implementation of projects.
Large projects require a completed preliminary engineering study and permit approval prior to grant consideration.
- Submit application form.
- DNR staff conducts a technical review.
- Grants are awarded based on department review, prioritization and funding appropriation.
Deadline - Monday, April 3, 2023
The annual deadline for applications is April 1 by 5 p.m. If that date falls on a Saturday or Sunday applications are due Monday.
For more information, contact Linnae Dawson at 517-290-2200 or DawsonL@Michigan.gov.
Forms and information for applicants
- Engineering Study Agreement
- DNR Waterways Grant agreement addendum
- Section 16.358 State Waterways Commission transfer
- Section 324.78102 Michigan State Waterways Commission
- Section 324.78110 Waterways Account; use
- Waterways Grant-in-Aid for Preliminary Engineering
- Waterways Grant-in-Aid for Infrastructure Improvements
- Eligible Engineering Services
- Eligible Construction Components
- Waterways Grant In Aid Program Requirements
- Waterways Grant Program Application
- Policy 9.9 Waterways Sponsored Facilities-Financial Reporting from Grant In Aid Communities
- Application Review
- Harbors and Docks Mooring Construction Agreement
- Boating Access Site Construction Agreement
- Professional Services Agreement (Recommended)
- Section 324.78106 Authority to Enter into Contracts with Department
- Section 324.78115 Public Boating Access Sites Grant Program
Forms and information for grantees
- Grant Checklist - Infrastructure Improvements
- Waterways Grant In Aid Program Change Order Summary
- Harbor Log (R4766)
- Waterways Grant Project Financial Status Report
- Electronic Fund Transfer Instructions
- In-Kind Expense Reporting
- Grant Checklist - Preliminary Engineering
- Funding Assistance Sign - Boating Access Site
- Funding Assistance Sign - Harbor
- Financial Summary of Harbor Operations
- Waterways Grant Project Reimbursement Request Report