Opportunity for assistance in addressing dam removals and critical dam maintenance
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced its Dam Management Grant Program is now open for proposals. The sixth year of this grant opportunity will award $350,000 in 2018 to address Michigan’s failing dam infrastructure through dam removals and critical repair/maintenance. Since inception of the program, more than $6.75 million has been allocated to 19 projects.
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. Selected projects should not only enhance aquatic resources and fishing opportunities, but also reduce infrastructure costs and improve public safety.
There is an online application process for prospective applicants. Interested parties first will need to register with MiRecGrants. Once that registration has been approved by DNR Grants Management, the applicant can complete and submit their application. Access to MiRecGrants and more information about the Dam Management Grant Program can be found on the DNR website michigan.gov/dnr-grants.
Grant applications can be submitted through the MiRecGrants online application system until 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, to be considered for the 2018 funding cycle.