Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants - Clean Michigan Initiative

Purpose:  To provide funding to implement the physical improvements in approved watershed management plans intended to restore impaired waters and protect high quality waters.  Practices must address specific sources of nonpoint source pollution identified by Michigan's Nonpoint Source Program Plan.  Physical improvements are structural and vegetative best management practices.

Goals:  To restore waters impaired by nonpoint source pollution and protect high quality waters from degradation.


  • Anticipated water quality benefit in relation to the costs.
  • Ability of the applicant to carry out the project.
  • Expected long-term water quality improvement or protection.
  • Consistency with remedial action plans, if applicable, or the approved watershed management plan.
  • Project evaluation activities.
  • Commitment for financial and technical assistance by project partners.

Eligibility:  Eligible agencies include county or local units of government and non-profit agencies.  An EGLE-approved watershed plan is required to be eligible for these funds.

Application Process:  A request for proposals (RFP) is announced with a deadline for application.  Eligible applicants can contact EGLE Nonpoint Source staff for grant application assistance.  Prior to application, locally developed watershed management plans should be submitted to EGLE for review and approval.

Nominating Procedure:  Grant applications are selected for funding by the EGLE Director based on priority and eligibility criteria in the grant application package.  Also, those projects used to match the "Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants - Federal Clean Water Act Section 319" must be approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Deadlines:  Deadlines will be included in each request for proposals.  Watershed management plans can be submitted for EGLE review at any time throughout the year, however, a deadline for such review may be included in the RFP in order for an application to be considered.

Timelines:  Applicants will have at least 60 days to respond.  In general, applicants can expect to receive notification within 180 days of the application submittal deadline.

Dollar Amounts(s) Available (Min. or Max):  Approximately $1-$2 million has been available most funding rounds.  There is no maximum for proposals submitted.  The minimum project amount is $25,000.

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

Source(s) of Funds:  Clean Michigan Initiative Bond.

Authority:  Part 196, Section 19607(e) of Act 451 and administrative rules for Nonpoint Source pollution control grants.

Responsible Division/Office Contact:  Water Resources Division, Nonpoint Source Unit, Robert Sweet, 517-512-9765.

Phase-out/Expansion/Changes for Next Fiscal Year:  Remaining funds for this grant program are based on legislative appropriations. 

Related Grants:  Projects to implement the physical improvements in EGLE-approved watershed management plans are often coordinated with federal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants - Federal Clean Water Act Section 319.  

Recent Awards/Example Project:  See fact sheets describing the results of completed Nonpoint Source grant projects

Request for Proposals:  See the most recent Nonpoint Source Program RFP.