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Applications Now Being Accepted for Competitive Grant Assistance Program

Feb. 2, 2018

Michigan’s local units of government looking to merge or share services can now apply for a grant from the Competitive Grant Assistance Program, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

The funds are designed to help offset costs associated with mergers, inter-local agreements and cooperative efforts for projects started on or after Oct. 1, 2013.  In total, $3.7 million is available to cities, villages, townships, counties, authorities, school districts, intermediate schools districts, public community colleges and public universities.

For an authority, school district, intermediate school district, public community college or public university to qualify for grant funding under this program, the entity must combine operations with a city, village, township or county.

“Local units of government shouldn’t wait to apply,” said Deputy State Treasurer Dr. Eric Scorsone, head of Treasury’s State and Local Finance Group. “These grants can help better services and bolster budgets. By merging or sharing services, communities can improve the quality of life for their residents.”

The grant panel will give preference to applications calling for complete mergers and consolidation of departments or services between local units of government.

The state Treasury Department must receive applications by March 2, 2018. The grant funding expires on Sept. 30, 2018.

For more information about the Competitive Grant Assistance Program or to download an application, go to

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