Michigan Aquatic Invasive Plant Control Grant Program

Purpose: The Michigan Aquatic Invasive Plant Control Grant Program was created by Senate Bill 1136 that amended Part 414, Aquatic Invasive Species, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended.  The grants will assist with the prevention, detection, eradication, and control by chemical, physical, or biological methods of aquatic invasive plant species within Michigan inland lakes. 

Goals:  To support the eradication and control of aquatic invasive plant species in Michigan inland lakes.

Criteria: EGLE is developing a grant handbook outlining the application process and criteria to implement this new 2019 grant program.  Additional information about grant criteria will be posted at www.michigan.gov/invasives under the "Grants" tab as it becomes available. 

Eligibility:  

Applicant Eligibility:
An eligible applicant must meet both of the following requirements:

  • Be a legally constituted lake association or nonprofit, property owners association, homeowners association, lake board or special assessment district.
  • Have demonstrated that a permit from EGLE is in effect to conduct the control or eradication activities included in the eligible project.

Project Eligibility:
An eligible project must meet all the following requirements:

  • Public access to the inland lake is available for all activities associated with the project.
  • The waterbody has vegetation management goals created by a licensed commercial applicator or lake manager.
  • All survey, control, eradication, and documentation activities are completed by a qualified scientist, technician, licensed commercial aquatic applicator, or university representative.
  • All control or eradication activities use best management practices.
  • The products used are approved or authorized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, EGLE, or the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for control or eradication activities.

Application Process:  A request for proposals is anticipated to be released on June 1, 2019.

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

Deadlines: Applications are due by July 1, 2019.  EGLE notification of successful applicants is expected to occur by September 1, 2019.

Timelines: Applicants will have at least 30 days to respond.  In general, applicants can expect to receive notification within 60 days of the application submittal deadline.  EGLE will notify each applicant whether its application has been approved.  EGLE will require an applicant that receives a grant to enter into a grant agreement with EGLE prior to issuance of the grant.

Dollar Amounts(s) Available (Min. or Max): There is $1 million available for these grants.  There is no minimum or maximum for proposals submitted.

Required Match: There is no required match for 2019 grants. 

Source(s) of Funds: Inland Lake Aquatic Invasive Species Control and Eradication Fund (State General Funds).

Authority: Part 414, Aquatic Invasive Species, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended.

Responsible Division/Office Contact: Water Resources Division,
egle-wrd-aip@michigan.gov.

Phase-out/Expansion/Changes for Next Fiscal Year: Remaining funds for this grant program at the end of the fiscal year will remain in the fund. 

Related Grants: Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.  

Recent Awards/Example Project: There are no recent awards or example projects as this is a new grant program as of March 2019.

Request for Proposals: In the process of being developed.