Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Grants

Purpose:  The Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program provides funding to local units of government for volunteer cleanups of rivers, streams, and creeks to improve Michigan waterways.

Goals:  To clean up Michigan rivers, streams and creeks of human-made trash.


  • The clarity and quality of the goals and objectives of the cleanup project.
  • Level of volunteer commitment to carry out the project.
  • Quality and quantity of local match provided; match beyond the minimum 25% requirement will strengthen the proposal.
  • The applicant's ability to successfully carry out the project.
  • The applicant's budget request in relation to goals and objectives of  the project.
  • The length of time the applicant will commit to continue cleanup efforts after the grant expires (e.g. ongoing community event).

Eligibility:  Local units of government are eligible to receive grant funding.  Eligible entities generally include county, city, township, and village agencies; watershed councils, regional planning agencies, and universities. Local units of government may partner with nonprofit or other volunteer organizations to carry out the cleanups.

Application Process:  A request for proposals (RFP) is announced with a deadline for application.  Eligible applicants can contact Laura Kaminski of the Great Lakes Commission, laurak@glc.org, phone 734-971-9135 for grant application assistance. 

Nominating Procedure:  Grant applications are selected for funding by EGLE's Water Resources Division based on priority and eligibility criteria in the grant application package. 

Deadlines:  Deadlines will be included in each request for proposals. 

Timelines:  Applicants will have about 30 days to respond.  In general, applicants can expect to receive notification within 90 days of the application submittal deadline.

Dollar Amounts(s) Available (Min. or Max):  Approximately $25,000 annually is available each year.  Funding may range from $500-$5,000 per grant.

Required Match:  These grants require a minimum 25% match. 

Source(s) of Funds: Michigan Water Quality Protection License Plate Fees (Public Act 74 of 2000).

Authority:  Executive Order #2003-15.

Responsible Division/Office Contact:  Water Resources Division, Surface Water Assessment Section, Lake Michigan Unit, Marcy Knoll Wilmes, phone 517-342-4348

Phase-out/Expansion/Changes for Next Fiscal Year:  None.

Related Grants:  None.