Snowmobile Trail Grants, Deadline July 1

The purpose of the recreational and snowmobile trail grant program is to provide financial assistance to local units of government and incorporated nonprofit groups for the development and maintenance of snowmobile trails. Funds are allocated and paid to the grantees on a reimbursement basis through a formal grant agreement between the grantee and the Department. Funds are available for development of new snowmobile trails; maintenance of existing trails including grooming, signing and brushing of the trails; leases, easements or permits for public snowmobile trails on private lands; comprehensive/collision insurance for grooming equipment and trail liability insurance.

PROGRAM GOALS: STATEWIDE TRAILS INITIATIVE The Michigan snowmobile trail program began as a small, loop trail system, with the goal of tying these loops together into an interconnected system of trails. Now, the primary long-term goal of the Michigan snowmobile program is the development of an interconnected network of groomed snowmobile trails from the Michigan-Indiana border to the Mackinac Bridge and from the Mackinac Bridge to Ironwood. Acquisition, establishment, and use of abandoned railroad corridors are critical to accomplishing this goal.

A second long-term goal is to establish a system of permanent, public land trails throughout the State. Many trails were required to be rerouted as private lands changed ownership, and even trails on public lands have been relocated. The Department continues to seek conversion of abandoned railroad grades and other corridors throughout the State, as well as establishing permanent trail corridors on public lands through acquisition of land or rights in land.

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • Counties
  • Townships
  • Cities
  • Villages
  • Non-profits, including clubs

WHAT IS ELIGIBLE FOR GRANT FUNDING?

  • Trail Grooming
  • Lease Payments
  • Off season Maintenance
  • New Trail Development
  • Liability Insurance Premiums
  • Installation of signs
  • Equipment

Contact us for more information on this program. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

 

Snowmobile Trail Grants, Deadline July 1

Equestrian Trail Grants, Deadline Apr. 18

The Michigan Horse Council has reinstated trail grants and they are available to any Michigan Horse Council member groups. These groups need to be non-profit, non-motorized equestrian trail advocacy organizations that support, expand or improve a public trail or campground open to equestrian use. Additional grants are also allowed by special requests, such as pledges to match projects in partnership with the DNR if it is approved by the DNR.

The purposes of these grants are to assist in the cost of an expansion or improvement of any public trail or campground that is open to equestrian use.

The deadline for this application is April 18, 2018. Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Equestrian Trail Grants, Deadline Apr. 18

ORV Trail Grants, Deadline May 1

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks and Recreation Division recently announced that 2014-15 off-road vehicle (ORV) trail grant applications are now available to public agencies and nonprofit incorporated clubs and organizations.

Applications are available (from the ORV Trail Improvement Fund) for grants to:

  • maintain existing designated state ORV trails, routes and use areas;
  • repair public lands damaged by inappropriate ORV use; and
  • develop new ORV trails, routes and use areas.
  • Grant funds also are available to pay for liability insurance, leases or easements.

“We currently have 33 dedicated trail sponsors that maintain more than 3,700 miles of state-designated ORV trails and routes statewide,” said Steve Kubisiak, DNR ORV program manager. “We depend on these partnerships to maintain the trails, and encourage participation from all user organizations and other public agencies to help us.”

Any public agency or nonprofit incorporated club or organization can obtain an application on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants. Under the Available Grants category select Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Trail Improvement Program, then Forms and Publications. Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2014.

The ORV Trail Improvement Fund is a restricted fund, made possible by using 100 percent of ORV user fees to support the program for trail maintenance and development, resource damage restoration, safety education and law enforcement.

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ORV Trail Grants, Deadline May 1

US Fish & Wildlife Small Grants Program, Deadline Oct. 25

U.S. Small Grants Deadlines: October 25, 2012.

Purpose

The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (Act). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.

This program supports the same type of projects and adheres to the same selection criteria and administrative guidelines as the U.S. Standard Grants Program. However, project activities are usually smaller in scope and involve fewer project dollars. Grant requests may not exceed $75,000, and funding priority is given to grantees or partners new to the Act’s Grants Program.

History

The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) created the Small Grants Program in 1996 to encourage new grantees and partners to carry out smaller-scale, long-term wetlands conservation projects that may otherwise not be able to compete in the U.S. Standard Grants Program. The Small Grants Program has also become an important catalyst in developing a pool of new grantees and/or partners for the Standard Grants Program. In recent years, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission) has approved $3 million in funding for the Small Grants Program annually.

The Process

Each year, the Commission approves the total amount of funding to be distributed to projects under the Small Grants Program in the following fiscal year. Applicants submit project proposals to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Bird Habitat Conservation (Division) for the program’s one funding cycle per year. After a preliminary review by Division staff, Joint Venture Coordinators, and Council staff, eligible proposals are presented to the Council for further review and ranking. The Council, which has been delegated final approval authority by the Commission, then selects the slate of projects to be funded and informs the Commission on its decision. The Division is responsible for administering the grants for the approved projects.

Current Funding

A minimum of $3 million has been approved to support projects in FY 2012. The Small Grant Program funding level is authorized up to $5 million, the maximum amount being contingent upon the quality and number of proposals received.

Accomplishments

From September 1996 through June 2012, some 1,440 partners in 579 projects have received more than $ 31.4 million in grants.  They have contributed another $126.2 million in matching funds to affect 224,670 acres of habitat and $69.4 million in non-matching funds to affect 4,503 acres of habitat.

US Fish & Wildlife Small Grants Program, Deadline Oct. 25

ORV Trail Grants, Deadline May 1

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that the 2012-13 off-road vehicle (ORV) trail grant applications are available to public agencies and non-profit incorporated clubs and organizations.

Applications are available (from the ORV Trail Improvement Fund) for grants to maintain existing designated state ORV trails, routes and use areas; repair public lands damaged by inappropriate ORV use; and develop new ORV trails, routes and use areas. Grant funds also are available to pay for liability insurance, leases or easements.

“We currently have 30 dedicated trail sponsors that maintain more than 3,600 miles of state-designated ORV trails and routes statewide,” said Steve Kubisiak, DNR recreation and trails program coordinator. “We depend on these partnerships to maintain the trails, and encourage participation from all user organizations and other public agencies to help us maintain Michigan’s great ORV trail system.”

Grant applications are prioritized to address existing trail maintenance and restoration needs on public land. New trail, route and scramble area development proposals will also be considered.

Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2012. The ORV Trail Improvement Fund is a restricted fund, made possible by using 100 percent of ORV user fees, to support the program for trail maintenance and development, resource damage restoration and law enforcement.

ORV Trail Grants, Deadline May 1

Recreational Trail Grants, Deadline June 1

Program Objective(s):
To fund the maintenance and development of recreational trails and trail related facilities.

A section of the TART

Criteria:
Projects are evaluated based on the following criteria:
1. Project need and benefit
2. Site/project quality
3. Balance among project types
4. Balance among trail uses
5. Geographic distribution of projects
6. Balance among programs/divisions

Eligibility:
State projects and state/local government partnership projects. A division within the Department of Natural Resources (Department) must always be the applicant.

Application Process:
Internal Department process. Local unit of government sponsored projects can be considered for funding if they contribute to Department program goals and they are located on
Departmental land or linked to a trail on Departmental land. Local unit of government applications will not be considered unless the project is developed as a joint application with a
division/bureau prior to the application deadline. The Departmental division must always be the applicant.

Deadline(s):
June 1, 2011

Timeline(s):
Funds are available on or after October 1

Dollar Amount(s) Available:
No limit on individual projects

Source(s) of Funds:
Federal Department of Transportation-Highway Administration (a portion of the federal gas tax). Administered by the Department.

Authority:
Annual appropriation by the Michigan Legislature

Recreational Trail Grants, Deadline June 1

Trail Grants, Deadline May 16

As a result of these collaborative public/private, federal/state/local efforts, Michigan leads the nation in the number of trail miles on the ground. But more remains to be done, and MTGA is happy to announce the availability of small grants to assist organizations in pursuit of trail development. The MTGA Board of Directors has established a fund of $20,000 for 2011, in support of these grants. The goal of this program is to aid in the development of a connected trail network throughout the State of Michigan.

Eligibility
Eligible projects are those deemed likely to result in the acquisition, construction, improvement or linkage to any Michigan multi-use trailway. Eligible uses include (but are not limited to): planning and design efforts, brochures and other educational or interpretive material, public opinion surveys, legal assistance, ecological assessments, or actual trail acquisition and improvement. Applicants may have 501c3 nonprofit status, but it is not required. Grants awarded will range from $2,500 to $5,000.

Guidelines

  • The grant project must be able to be completed within 2 years.
  • Any grant amount not spent within 2 years shall be returned to the fund unless an extension is authorized by the MTGA Board of Directors.
  • Applicants must agree to submit a brief annual report including photos (if appropriate) for the length of the project.
  • Applicants must give proper credit to the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. This may include, but is not limited to: press releases, credit on signage or in publications.
  • Successful applicants are expected to provide to MTGA notices of project meetings and events; MTGA staff will attend or assist with these activities as needed or requested.

Final grant decisions, in the case of a scoring tie, may be based on several factors, including the relative urgency of the work being proposed, the need for funding, the ability of this grant to leverage other funding sources, and the geographic distribution of other awardees.

Deadline for Submission
Proposals for 2011 should be received or postmarked no later than May 16, 2011 and proposal submitters will be notified of grant decisions by letter no later than the 1st week of July, 2011. Funds will be disbursed at the mid-July Michigander Bike Tour. Contact us for more information!

Trail Grants, Deadline May 16

ORV Trail Grants, Due May 1

OFF ROAD VEHICLE (ORV) TRAIL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Program Objective(s):
This program provides funding for maintenance of established ORV trails and facilities as part of the designated statewide trail system. It also funds development of new trails and facilities, and restoration of natural resources damaged by ORV use.

Criteria:
Applications for trail, route, or area maintenance and/or development must be for facilities that are open to the public. Applications for damage restoration funds must be for lands in public ownership.

Eligibility:
Government agencies and nonprofit, incorporated clubs and organizations are eligible for these grants. Individuals are not eligible.

Application Process:
1. Grant applications and information on applying for grants are available in early spring.
2. Grant applications with required documents are due to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (Department) by May 1.
3. The Department reviews applications and selects projects to be funded.
4. Grant agreements are issued to sponsors in late winter for the upcoming ORV season.
5. Approved sponsors must return two signed, original project agreements to the Department.
6. A fully executed grant agreement is provided to each sponsor.

Deadline(s):
Grant applications are due May 1 of each year.

Timeline(s):
The time period from grant application to grant award is approximately five months. Grants are issued for an entire fiscal year, October 1 through September 30. Special maintenance
projects may be issued for two fiscal years.

Dollar Amount(s) Available:
Maximum allowable is up to 100 percent of cost, not to exceed the actual grant allocation

Contact us for more information!

ORV Trail Grants, Due May 1

Recreation Passport Grants, Deadline May 1

Recreation Passport Grant Applications Now Available

The Department of Natural Resources today announced that local units of government interested in applying for public recreation grants through the Recreation Passport Local Grant Program have until May 1, 2011 to apply.

Funding for the grant program is made possible through the new Recreation Passport Program. On Oct. 1, 2010, the $10 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) replaced the state’s annual $24 motor vehicle permit, or window sticker, that was required for a Michigan-registered vehicle to enter a state park or recreation area, as well as the $24 annual boating access permit. The Recreation Passport helps fund Michigan’s state parks, state recreation areas, boating facilities, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized trails, and historic resources in state parks. In addition, the program provides park and recreation development grants for local units of government.

The Recreation Passport Grant Program provides funding assistance for local public recreation needs through the development of public recreation facilities. The program emphasizes applications for parks and recreation infrastructure renovations and major repairs, while excluding the use of funds for operational expenses.

The maximum grant request this year is $30,000. Total funding for this year is expected to be between $150,000 and $200,000.

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Recreation Passport Grants, Deadline May 1

Michigan Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program Grants

From the Michigan DNRE website:

Request for Pre-Proposals  July 2010

This is a request for pre-proposals (RFPP) for coastal land conservation projects from eligible entities for federal funding through the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP).  The Michigan Coastal Management Program (MCMP) within the Land and Water Management Division, Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE), will score, rank, and prioritize projects based on the criteria contained in Michigan’s Draft Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Plan.  The three highest-ranked projects will be submitted to the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for incorporation into a national prioritized list of projects.  It is anticipated that projects funded in the 2012 CELCP cycle will have a grant application start date between March 1, 2012 and October 1, 2012.

Applicants for CELCP funding are strongly encouraged to review Michigan’s Draft CELCP Plan and the “Project Ranking Factors and Scoring Guidance” contained therein.   A copy of the Draft CELCP Plan can be found at www.michigan.gov/coastal.  Further information regarding the goals and administrative procedures for CELCP at the national level can be found at: http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/land/welcome.html.

Eligible Applicants:

State, County, Township, City, or Village governments, Tribal governments, conservation districts, State Colleges and Universities.

Match Requirement:

Federal funds awarded under this program require non-federal match funds at a 1:1 ratio.  Match may be in the form of cash, in-kind contributions, such as the value of donated lands or interests therein, or a combination of the two.  Federal funds may not be used as match.

Project Location:

Projects must be located within the State of Michigan’s CELCP boundary as defined in Michigan’s Draft CELCP Plan.

Grant Amounts:

The maximum amount that may be requested for the Federal share of each project is $3,000,000.

Award Period:

The standard award period is 18 months, and may be extended an additional 18 months if circumstances warrant, but may not exceed three years.

All proposed CELCP projects must:
• Be held in public ownership (fee simple or conservation easements) and provide conservation in perpetuity;
• Provide for access to the general public or other public benefit, as appropriate and consistent with resource protection.

Eligible uses for CELCP funds:
• Acquisition of properties or interests in properties from willing sellers, provided that the terms and conditions will ensure that the property will be administered for conservation in perpetuity, including direct expenses relating to the acquisition of lands and interests in lands acquired under the authority of the CELCP; and

• Certain initial costs for land stewardship, not to exceed five percent of the award and not to exceed three years or the duration of the award period, to allow for signage, public safety, or other stewardship purposes.

Application Deadline:

Postmarked no later than September 3, 2010

Application Procedures:

Complete and sign the attached application form and submit it to:

Mr. Matt Smar, Acting Chief
Michigan Coastal Management Program
Land and Water Management Division
Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment
P.O. Box 30458
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7958

Background:
The CELCP was created in 2002 by the Department of Commerce, Justice, and State Appropriations Act “for the purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural or recreational state to other uses, giving priority to lands that can be effectively managed and protected and that have significant ecological value1.”

Participating coastal states receive project proposals, ranking them on a statewide basis.  The state can submit up to three eligible projects to the NOAA for competition in the national ranking.  Congress is authorized to appropriate up to $60 million a year to fund land acquisition through the CELCP.

The Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement for FY 2012 CELCP projects is not yet available, but is expected to be released in December 2010.  This state RFPP is being released ahead of the FFO to allow on-site project reviews before sites are obscured by winter weather.  It is expected that the FY 2012 FFO will be very similar to the FY 2011 FFO.  The FY 2011 CELCP FFO which includes the full details of the competition, along with project narrative and budget templates and the CELCP checklist, are posted on the Funding Opportunities page of the CELCP website, http://www.coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/land/celcp_fundingop.html and should serve as a good template for preparation of projects submitted for this FY 2012 RFPP.  The MCMP will announce a formal RFP once the FY 2012 FFO is released by NOAA.

RFPP Process and Timeline:
• The RFPP is released – July 9, 2010
• Project pre-proposals due to the MCMP – postmarked or hand-delivered (before 4:00 PM) – September 3, 2010
• The MCMP staff will visit project sites – mid September to early October, 2010
• The MCMP will provide feedback to applicants prior to the release of the formal RFP-January 2011

Project Readiness:
The MCMP expects that proposed projects will be well along in their development.  Recognizing that projects can be in various stages of development and that funding from this cycle will not be available until March to October, 2012, project pre-proposals should still be as specific as possible.  Proposals should at least be for specific tracts of land, and landowners should have been contacted about their willingness to sell.  Prior to application under the formal RFP in January 2011 the applicant should be in a position to submit documentation that the current owner is a willing participant in a process of negotiation for sale of the property, or interests in the property, for conservation purposes.  This documentation may be in the form of a letter of willingness or intent, option letter, contract, or other similar form.

Additional Application Information:
• The MCMP staff will perform all site evaluations.
• A Phase 1 Environmental Assessment of the nominated property may be required.
• The applicant must ensure that the required nonfederal match is available for all acquisitions nominated to the federal CELCP program.  Nonfederal match may come from state and/or local governments, sponsoring or partner non-governmental organizations, and/or sources such as land trusts or land conservancies.
• The MCMP will make the final determination on projects to be submitted for consideration in the competitive, federal CELCP program and will be responsible for developing all nomination packages for submission to the NOAA.
• The eligible applicant will hold title to the respective property acquired through the CELCP program.
• The eligible applicant and the MCMP will hold duplicate documentation as required by the federal CELCP guidance.
• All properties acquired under this program will be maintained in accordance with applicable state laws.  Any revenues generated will be used by the applicant to continue the long-term stewardship of the properties in accordance with the established management plan.
• The property boundary of the project must lie entirely within the CELCP Plan boundary.
• Landowners who do not wish to sell their property, and who plan only to place a conservation easement over the parcel, must also use easement language and terms consistent with those used by the DNRE for other acquisition projects and the NOAA.  Written expression of this understanding with the landowner must be provided with the application.
• A tract-specific management plan must be developed within two years of the purchase and/or placement of a conservation easement of all properties so obtained.

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Michigan Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program Grants