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Affordability and Planning Grant

The Affordability and Planning (AP) Grant is available as part of EGLE's Clean Water Plan designed to provide funding to address water infrastructure needs across the state. The AP grants will assist communities with addressing affordability and planning needs. There is over $5.7 million total funding available.

Grants will be awarded based on a competitive process up to $500,000 per applicant or $2 million if an applicant is applying on behalf of multiple community water supplies. Applicants will be accepted until February 19, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. 

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Priority List 

The application submission period for EGLE’s Affordability and Planning (AP) Grant is now closed. EGLE received 41 applications, totaling $12,738,558 in requested funding.

EGLE’s evaluation team developed the funding priority list below after reviewing applications, using the criteria available in the AP Grant Overview. The Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate will begin reaching out to communities, beginning with highest priority, in April.

Priority List for AP Grant 2024

  1. City of Escanaba
  2. Village of Pellston
  3. City of Saginaw
  4. City of Saline
  5. Charter Township of Caledonia
  6. Charter Township of Independence
  7. Tri-County Regional Planning Commission
  8. Summit Township
  9. Lansing Board of Water & Lights
  10. City of Muskegon Heights (affordability study)
  11. City of Muskegon
  12. City of Detroit
  13. Village of Marion
  14. Village of Hillman
  15. City of Highland Park
  16. City of Ecorse
  17. City of Hamtramck


Funding is expected to be Exhausted

18. City of Wakefield
19. Benton Charter Township
20. Interior Township
21. Village of Grass Lake
22. Ypsilanti Communities Utility Authority
23.City of Houghton
24. City of Harper Woods
25. Village of Decatur
26. Village of Webberville
27. Village of White Pigeon
28. City of Westland
29. City of Chelsea
30. Imlay City
31. City of Sault St. Marie
32. City of Stephenson
33. Green Lake Township
34. Village of Britton

Applications from communities below did not meet application criteria.

  • City of Morenci
  • City of Manton
  • City of Muskegon Heights
  • Burtchville Township
  • Augusta Charter Township
  • Portage Terrace Mobile Home Park
  • Village of Ahmeek
  • Village of Posen


Michigan community water supplies and local units of government, including counties, townships, cities, villages, and others are eligible to apply.

Grant funding is restricted to activities within the grant period (April 1, 2024 to June 1, 2025) that improve consumer affordability and/or drinking water quality. Eligibility will be project specific and determined on a case-by-case basis by EGLE. Eligible activities under the grant may include:

  • Develop and implement an income-based water rate structure.
  • Pursue and implement water system regionalization, collaboration, or consolidation efforts that improve water quality and/or affordability for residents. Efforts could include:
    • Planning costs related to water systems joining together in regional authority
    • Planning costs related to water systems connecting to other water systems
    • Water systems developing collaborative agreements to share services, equipment, bulk purchasing, and other operational costs
  • Conduct drinking water distribution system leak detection studies and develop plans for resolving leaks in water systems that purchase water from another source.
  • Develop or update project planning (e.g., engineering, design, and legal) or application documents needed to better position projects for Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) funding.
  • Planning costs to construct sewer laterals to connect low-income households* with failing septic systems to available public sewer.
  • Planning costs to construct service lines to connect low-income households* with failing or contaminated private wells to available community water system.  

How to Apply

Interested applicants should first reference the AP Grant Overview document.

Applications may be submitted to The application period will close on February 19, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.

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