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Questions and answers about Michigan Spark Grants

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Spark Grants program below. If you have additional questions, please contact DNR grants management staff.

For additional information and to apply for the grant, please visit the Michigan Spark Grants webpage.

  • The application details are being finalized and as soon as we have the online application process ready, we will be making more announcements, which we estimate will be in the next few months. To make sure you don’t miss the announcement, sign up for our recreation grants list to receive email updates.

    • Agreement by landowner (site control).
    • Bid documents and plan specs (if developed at the time of application submittal).
    • Permits (if developed at the time of application submittal).
    • Existing site photos.
    • Site plan of proposed improvements.
    • Additional materials may be required after the application is finalized.
  • Eligible applicants must be legally constituted to provide public recreation, including units of government or public authorities, and regional or statewide organizations or consortiums of local units of government or public authorities.

  • Projects must support and enhance neighborhood features that promote improved health and safety outcomes or address increased repair or maintenance needs for public facilities that would result in significantly greater use in local communities that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects may include the development, renovation, or redevelopment of public recreation facilities, and the provision of recreation-focused equipment and programs in public recreation spaces.

    Indoor recreation opportunities are eligible for these grant funds.

    Land acquisition is not eligible for these grant funds.

  • A total of $65 million in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds is available through Public Act 53 of 2022 and will be distributed in three funding rounds:

    • Round one: $15 million by the end of 2022.
    • Round two: $25 million in spring 2023.
    • Round three: $25 million in summer 2023.

    Grants will be awarded at a minimum amount of $100,000 and not exceed $1 million per project.

  • Applicants will have the ability to withdraw, resubmit, or resubmit with changes on any unfunded application between funding rounds.

  • No. To ensure the greatest range of funding is provided to communities across the state, a single project can only be funded in one round.

  • If funding has been advanced, funds must be returned to the DNR.

  • Projects will be competitively scored based on prioritization criteria.

  • Status and budget reporting will be required quarterly and annually. Milestone reporting will be determined as the application is finalized.

  • This is a standalone program dependent on availability of federal funds.

  • Advance notice of at least 120 days must be made to the DNR if the project is not going to be completed by Dec. 31, 2026.