DNR 2014 Habitat Grants Available; Apply by March

Wildlife Habitat Grants—Due March 1

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting Wildlife Habitat Grant Program applications through March 1, 2014.   Projects featuring habitat enhancement for game species will be given priority.
The Wildlife Habitat Grant Program (WHGP) began in October 2013 and will be funded with a portion of the revenue of the hunting and fishing licenses sold each year. The DNR administers the WHGP through a cooperative effort between its Wildlife Division and Grants Management. Funding is available - through an open competitive process - for local, state, federal and tribal governments, for-profit and nonprofit groups, and individuals. Minimum grant amounts will be set at $15,000 with the maximum being the amount of funds available for that grant cycle. The 2014 overall available grant amount is $650,000.
“This is an exciting opportunity to partner with others in the state to increase the habitat available for game species in Michigan and to enhance the existing habitat for the benefit of hunters, trappers and wildlife viewers,” said DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason.
Successful grant applications will be announced by April 1. The detailed program handbook and application are available here (see drop down menu under "Applicant Information" to download).

Aquatic Habitat Grants—Due March 15

The Department of Natural Resources will also be accepting applications through March 15th for a new Aquatic Habitat Grant Program that is focused on funding projects that protect, restore, and enhance aquatic habitat.
This new $1 million grant program 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, nonprofit 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 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.
“This is a very exciting program that will continue to enhance Michigan’s world-class fisheries – which you can’t have without great aquatic habitat,” said DNR Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter. “We look forward to seeing projects of various scope and size that will impact all types of aquatic habitat.”
The Aquatic Habitat Grant Program application period began on Feb. 1 and will end at the close of business on March 15. Successful grant applications will be announced by April 15. This new grant program will be funded by new revenues from the increased fishing and hunting license fees. The detailed program handbook and application are available here (see drop down menu under "Application Information" to download).

MUCC Offers Grant Writing Assistance

Though it will be too late for this current round of grants, MUCC plans to offer a grant writing workshop during the Conservation Leadership Training, which will be held in conjunction with the 2014 MUCC Annual Convention on June 20-22, 2014 at the RAM Center in Roscommon. This will be open to any officer or member of a Michigan hunting, fishing, trapping or shooting organization and should cover DNR Habitat Grants, NRA Range Grants, and others based on interest from participants. The cost and details will be available this spring.

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