Water Quality Improvement Grants, NOIs due Aug. 20

West Grand Traverse Bay

$2.6 million in water quality improvement grants available

The DEQ is seeking grant applications for water quality projects that restore and protect Michigan’s wetlands, lakes and streams. About $2.6 million from state and federal funding is available, and units of government, nonprofit organizations and universities are eligible to apply.

Proposals for either project must include a minimum 25 percent local match.

Notices of Intent are due Aug. 20, and full applications from invited entities are due Oct. 17. The full text of the Request for Proposals including eligibility criteria, priorities, and the required forms and instructions can be found at www.michigan.gov/nps

Grant awards are contingent upon the sale of Clean Michigan Initiative general obligation bonds to support these projects and the appropriation of funding by the U.S. Congress and Michigan Legislature.

Water Quality Improvement Grants, NOIs due Aug. 20

Rural Community Development Initiative, Deadline Nov. 12

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Rural Development has announced  $5,967,000 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding for competitive grant funds for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program.. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the Federal grant. These grants will be made to qualified intermediary organizations that will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will support the community.

Fund uses must be consistent with the RCDI purpose. A nonexclusive list of eligible grant uses includes the following:
1. Provide technical assistance to develop recipients’ capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and
economic development, e.g., the intermediary hires a staff person to provide technical assistance to the recipient or the recipient hires a staff
person, under the supervision of the intermediary, to carry out the technical assistance provided by the intermediary.
2. Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct community development programs, e.g., homeownership education or training for business entrepreneurs.
3. Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct development initiatives, e.g., programs that support micro-enterprise and sustainable development.
4. Develop the capacity of recipients to increase their leveraging ability and access to alternative funding sources by providing training and staffing.
5. Develop the capacity of recipients to provide the technical assistance component for essential community facilities projects.
6. Assist recipients in completing pre-development requirements for housing, community facilities, or community and economic development projects by
providing resources for professional services, e.g., architectural, engineering, or legal.
7. Improve recipient’s organizational capacity by providing training and resource material on developing strategic plans, board operations, management, financial systems, and
information technology.
8. Purchase of computers, software, and printers, limited to $10,000 per award, at the recipient level when directly related to the technical assistance program being undertaken by
the intermediary.
9. Provide funds to recipients for training-related travel costs and training expenses related to RCDI.

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Rural Community Development Initiative, Deadline Nov. 12

National Maritime Heritage Grants, Deadline Sept. 23

Beginning on June 23, state, tribal, and local governments and private non-profit organizations can submit applications for National Maritime Heritage Grants! Approximately $1,700,000 is available for 2014. Grant proposals will be accepted until September 23, 2014.

Approximately $1.7 million in National Maritime Heritage Grants for education or preservation projects are available for 2014. Proposals for grants will be accepted from June 23 until September 23, 2014. Education projects can request $25,000-50,000 and preservation projects can request $50,000-200,000. Funding for Maritime Heritage Grants is competitive and requires a 1-to-1 match with non-Federal assets from non-Federal sources. Project grants are administered through the Maritime Heritage Program and State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs).

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National Maritime Heritage Grants, Deadline Sept. 23

Aquatic Habitat Restoration Grants, Pre-Proposal Deadline Aug. 29

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The Department of Natural Resources today announced its second round of funding in 2014 for the Aquatic Habitat Grant Program. This program is focused on funding projects that protect intact and rehabilitate degraded aquatic habitat.

There is $1,250,000 available for the second round of this year’s program. Funded projects will emphasize protecting intact and rehabilitating degraded aquatic resources throughout the state; developing self-sustaining aquatic communities that provide for continuing recreational opportunities and natural resource-based economies; and developing strong relationships and partnerships along with new expertise with respect to aquatic habitat protection and recovery.

Funding is available for eligible single- and multiple-year projects by local, state, federal and tribal governments, non-profit groups and individuals through an open competitive process. Minimum grant amounts will be set at $25,000, with the maximum amount being the amount of funds available for that grant cycle. Projects can address issues on streams, rivers, lakes or the Great Lakes. Smaller projects within the same watershed addressing similar issues and system processes can be bundled into a single grant proposal package in order to reach minimum grant amount requirements if necessary.

The program is structured slightly different this round, with a pre-proposal process implemented. Applicants must complete and submit a three-page pre-proposal form for review by the DNR’s Fisheries Division for the project area. Pre-proposals must be postmarked no later than Aug. 29. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their pre-proposal and, if successful, will be invited to submit a complete application packet for their project. However, an invitation to submit a complete application packet does not guarantee a project will be funded.

“Michigan’s world-class fisheries depend on great aquatic habitat,” said DNR Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter. “This program is critical as we strive to enhance the state’s fisheries and build partnerships with entities that are committed to doing the same.”

The Aquatic Habitat Grant Program pre-proposal period began Aug. 1 and ends at the close of business on Aug. 29. Successful pre-proposal applicants will be notified by Sept. 30. This grant program is funded by revenues from fishing and hunting license fees.

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Aquatic Habitat Restoration Grants, Pre-Proposal Deadline Aug. 29