A listing of grant programs and other tidbits that come across our desks:


Agency: Michigan Humanities Council

Funding: Up to $15,000/grant

Applications Due: Varies, see website for details

Website:  http://michiganhumanities.org/grants/index.php


Michigan Humanities Council grants emphasize collaboration among cultural, educational, and community-based organizations and institutions to serve the people of Michigan with public humanities programming. These grants play a vital role in defining our culture, our state, our community, and ourselves. Organizations are encouraged to explore and retrace our histories, roles in societies, advancements and changes, meaning in self-expression and fulfillment, commonalities and differences.



Agency: Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Funding: $30,000,000/grant

No. of Expected Awards: 5

Applications Due: April 10, 2012

Website:  http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=137313


Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants support those communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their "Transformation Plan" to redevelop the neighborhood. HUD is focused on directing resources to achieve the following three core goals:


1. Housing: Transform distressed public and assisted housing into energy efficient, mixed-up income housing that is physically and financially viable over the long term.


2. People: Support positive outcomes for families who live in the target development(s) and the surrounding neighborhood, particularly outcomes related to residents' health, safety employment, mobility, and education.


3. Neighborhood: Transform distressed, high-poverty neighborhoods into viable, mixed-up income neighborhoods with access to well -functioning services, high quality public schools and education programs, high quality early learning programs and services, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs.  The plan must focus on the revitalization of a severely distressed public housing or HUD-assisted multifamily housing project located in a distressed neighborhood.



 Agency: Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration

Funding: $1,212,000 award ceiling

No. of Expected Awards: 17

Applications Due: March 13, 2012

Website: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=137673


Grants will be awarded to non-profit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status for 27-month programs to assist ex-offenders returning to their communities with job training, employment preparation, mentoring and assistance connecting to supportive services such as housing, substance abuse programs and mental health treatment.



Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Funding: $4,000,000 award ceiling; $1,000,000 award floor

Applications Due: February 16, 2012

Website: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=137073


NOAA delivers funding and technical expertise to restore Great Lakes coastal habitats. These habitats support valuable fisheries and protected resources; improve the quality of our water; provide recreational opportunities for the public's use and enjoyment; and buffer our coastal communities from the impacts of changing lake levels. Through this solicitation, NOAA seeks to openly compete funding available for habitat restoration in U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Applications should be submitted for any project that is to be considered for this funding, even for those projects already submitted as applications to other NOAA competitions. Competition will ensure that the most beneficial restoration projects are selected to realize significant ecological gains and ensure that projects are "shovel-ready." Applications selected for funding through this solicitation will be implemented through a grant or cooperative agreement, with awards dependent upon the amount of funds made available to NOAA for this purpose by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. NOAA anticipates up to $5 million may be available for Great Lakes coastal habitat restoration; typical awards are expected to range between $1 million to $4 million. NOAA will also accept proposals for engineering and design of habitat restoration projects; typical awards are expected to range between $75,000 and $350,000.




Agency: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Funding: $10,000 - $40,000

Match: A minimum 1:1 match of cash or in-kind/contributed goods and services to funds requested is expected

Applications Due: February 15, 2012

Website: http://www.nfwf.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=22899


The Five-Star Restoration Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration.Elements of a Five Star Project:


1. On-the-Ground Restoration - projects must include on-the-ground wetland, riparian, in stream and/or coastal habitat restoration.


2. Environmental Education - projects must integrate meaningful education into the restoration project either through community outreach, participation and/or integration with K-12 environmental curriculum.


3. Measurable Results - projects must result in measurable ecological, educational and community benefits.



Agency: Environmental Protection Agency

Funding: $550,000 award ceiling

No. of Expected Awards: 10

Applications Due: February 10, 2012

Website: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=135537


Under this competition, EPA is piloting a new grant program that will provide a single grant to an eligible entity for both assessment and cleanup work at a specific brownfield site. Only applicants who have received an EPA Brownfields grant in 2003 or later are eligible to apply for the multi-purpose pilot grant. Applicants who received a brownfields grant prior to 2003 are not eligible to apply.


County Allocation Housing Resource Fund

Agency: MSHDA

Website: www.michigan.gov/mshda


MSHDA Community Development allocates Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to county governments through the County Allocation Program. Most county governments use these funds to implement countywide homeowner rehabilitation programs. Counties make deferred loans available to low-income homeowners with an income at or below 80 percent of the area median. Effective September 1, 2011, MSHDA has made changes to the program:

In order to be funded, counties applying in calendar year 2011 must have expenditure rates at or beyond 75% to date.

For counties applying in 2011, grant terms will begin September 1, 2011 and end August 31, 2013.

For counties applying in the spring of 2012, grant terms will begin April 1, 2012 and end March 31, 2014.

Each county allocation grant shall be funded incrementally with 50% in the first year as a countywide program; for second year funding (remaining 50%), the county must engage in Community Planning for a "Targeted Strategy" that will forward the goad of Place making.

For further information, contact MSHDA's Community Development Division at
(517) 373-1974.


Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program

Agency: MDEQ

Funding Available:  $25,000

Application Due: February 27, 2012

Website: http://www.glc.org/streamclean/app12.htm.


Michigan’s Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program provides small grants to local units of government to help clean and improve Michigan rivers, streams, and creeks. Local units of government may partner with nonprofit organizations or other volunteer groups to carry out the work. There is a 25 percent minimum local match requirement. Applications are reviewed and assessed by the MDEQ and Great Lakes Commission, with final decisions anticipated by late April 2012.


To learn more about the grant program, contact Laura Kaminski, Great Lakes Commission, at 734-971-9135 or laurak@glc.org.  



2012 Scrap Tire Cleanup Grants

Agency: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Application Due: Jan. 30, 2012. Applications cannot be accepted by e‑mail or fax.

Website: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3312_4122-176203--,00.html



Property owners with abandoned scrap tires and scrap tire collection sites are eligible for funding assistance under this program. The DEQ grants reimburse owners of selected scrap tire collection sites for expenses incurred transporting and processing scrap tires, or delivery of scrap tires by the processor to an approved end user. Priority is given to sites with scrap tires accumulated prior to Jan. 1, 1991, and at collection sites that pose an imminent threat to public health, safety, welfare, or the environment. The Scrap Tire Cleanup program has made significant progress toward eliminating stockpiled scrap tires throughout Michigan. Cleanups remove an environmental threat and often encourage new economic development.


For further information contact Scrap Tire Regulatory Program, Resource Management Division, DEQ, P.O. Box 30241, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7741 at 517-241-2924.


Sustain Our Great Lakes

Application Due:  Feb. 15th 2012

Summary: Sustain Our Great Lakes is a public–private partnership among ArcelorMittal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Sustain Our Great Lakes grants programs are administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation


On January 3, 2012, Sustain Our Great Lakes will invite applications for competitive funding through its Stewardship Grants Program and its Community Grants Program.  Funding priority for both programs will be given to on-the-ground restoration projects that improve the quality and connectivity of stream, wetland and coastal habitats in the Great Lakes basin.  The 2012 Requests for Proposals will be posted here on January 3.  Pre-proposals will be due on February 15, 2012.   

Sustain Our Great Lakes will host a webinar on January 11, 2012 to provide additional information on the 2012 grant funding opportunities.  Webinar participants will learn about funding priorities and the application process, see examples of past projects, receive tips for submitting competitive proposals, and have the opportunity to ask questions.  The webinar will begin at 11 AM Eastern Time/10 AM Central Time and last for approximately 1 hour.  Webinar participants can register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/544871304 



Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grant Program

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Startup Grant Program

Agency: MiCorps Program

Application Due: February 13, 2012

Websites: http://www.micorps.net/app/gap12.html



Summary:The DEQ and the Great Lakes Commission have announced $50,000 in grants are available for volunteer stream monitoring in Michigan this year through MiCorps, a network of volunteer monitoring programs in Michigan. Local units of government and nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive funding.

The Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grant Program supports volunteer work to monitor benthic macroinvertebrate communities and habitat characteristics in wadeable streams and rivers. The funds support training and water quality data collection helping state and local efforts to protect and manage water resources. The grants may be used to fund a local monitoring coordinator and/or purchase water quality monitoring supplies.

The Volunteer Stream Monitoring Startup Grant Program are for newly forming volunteer monitoring groups. Funds assist with designing a local monitoring program and strategy, or for development of a full proposal for a future Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grant Program cycle. Startup grant recipients have access to MiCorps resources and training. Up to $10,000 will be available for startup grants, with multiple grants expected in the $1,000 to $3,000 range.

Questions about the grant application process should be directed to Dr. Paul Steen, Huron River Watershed Council, at 734-769-5123 or psteen@hrwc.org; or Mr. Bill Dimond, Surface Water Assessment Section, Water Resources Division, DEQ, at 517-241-9565 or dimondw@michigan.gov.  








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