The Department of Natural Resources has announced that its Dam Management Grant Program is now open for proposals. The third year of this grant opportunity will provide $350,000 in fiscal year 2015 to address Michigan’s failing dam infrastructure through the funding of dam removals and critical repair/maintenance.
The DNR’s Dam Management Grant Program is focused on the growing issue of abandoned, unused or hazardous dams in Michigan. The purpose of the program is to provide funding and technical assistance to local and state units of government, nonprofit groups and individuals to manage dam removals or repair/major maintenance projects that will enhance aquatic resources and fishing opportunities, as well as reduce infrastructure costs and improve public safety in Michigan.
There were six recipients as part of the Dam Management Grant Program’s first year (when $2.35 million was granted) and two recipients during its second year (when $350,000 was available).
New this year is an online application process for prospective applicants. Interested parties will have to register with MiRecGrants and then complete and submit their applications once their registrations have been approved by DNR Grants Management. MiRecGrants can be accessed at www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants.
Information on the Dam Management Grant Program can be found at www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants. Grant applications must be submitted through the MiRecGrants online application system no later than 11:59 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, to be considered for the fiscal year 2015 funding cycle.
Source: Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources