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Where does the money go? New Grants and Loans Dashboard shows exactly where


May 11, 2021

More than half EGLE's budget flows back to communities to help protect environment, health

Where is EGLE's budget spent? Most of it in communities across the state, which are the recipients of more than half of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy's (EGLE) budget in the form of grants, loans and other support.

Now, a new Grants and Loans Dashboard shows exactly where - from the Ohio border to the shores of Lake Superior - that funding goes. A simplified explanation of the dashboard is available via this story map.

This interactive dashboard provides access to a rich dataset of information. Fiscal Year 2019 and 2020 data is currently available, with plans to add additional fiscal years so users can search for projects funded in their communities and look at funding trends. 

The money flowing back to municipal governments and other entities helps those communities protect the environment and public health through projects as diverse as water treatment equipment upgrades to flood control infrastructure. In Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020 alone, a total of over $500 million was disbursed to local municipalities and other entities. In Fiscal Year 2020, EGLE administered 485 grants through 50 grant programs and 64 loans across four programs.

"This furthers our commitment to transparency, accountability, and to the communities we partner with to help improve the systems critical to the environment and the health of Michiganders," said Amy Epkey, senior deputy director with EGLE. "We're excited to share this new and useful tool with the public."

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