The DEQ today made available about $4.2 million of state and federal funding for water quality projects that restore and protect Michigan’s lakes, streams and wetlands by controlling polluted runoff. State and local governments, nonprofits, and colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
The funding opportunities include:
• Clean Michigan Initiative – Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants: About $2 million is available to fund the installation of best management practices in critical areas identified in watershed management plans approved by the DEQ. Proposals must include a minimum of 25 percent local match.
• Federal Clean Water Act, Section 319: About $2.2 million is available to implement priority recommendations of DEQ-approved watershed management plans. Proposals must include a minimum of 25 percent local match.
Notices of Intent are due Aug. 12, and full applications from invited entities are due Oct. 9. The full text of the Request for Proposals, including eligibility criteria, priorities, and the required forms and instructions, is available at www.michigan.gov/nps or by contacting Jennifer Van Port Fleet at 517 284 5531.
The DEQ will host a webinar from 10-11 a.m. July 30 to discuss the grant application schedule, program priorities, eligibility criteria, and how to successfully submit a Notice of Intent. Registration and additional information for the webinar is available at www.michigan.gov/deqworkshops by selecting “DEQ Webinars.”
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 federal and Michigan legislatures.
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