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, email@example.com, 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.