MiCorps volunteer stream cleanup, monitoring grants available

Feb. 21, 2024
The Michigan Clean Water Corps is accepting funding proposals for two grant programs that will distribute a total of $100,000 for stream cleanup and monitoring efforts.

The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps), a network of volunteer monitoring programs that collect and share surface water quality data throughout the state, is accepting 2024 funding proposals for two grant programs.

Volunteer Stream Cleanup Program: A total of $25,000 (ranging from $500 to $5,000 increments) is available for grants to support local units of government in efforts to clean up garbage from Michigan’s rivers, streams, and creeks. This program is funded by fees from the sale of Michigan’s specialty water quality protection license plates, available from the Secretary of State’s Office.

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program: A total of $75,000 is available across three grant types for volunteer benthic macroinvertebrate monitoring and habitat assessment in wadeable streams and rivers. Local units of government, nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized tribes are eligible to apply. The three grant types under the stream monitoring program are:

  1. Startup Grants: These grants are for organizations that seek to learn the MiCorps monitoring protocols and set themselves up to submit successful Implementation grant proposals in future years. There is a maximum amount of $5,000 per grant award for one-year projects under this funding area.
  2. Implementation Grants: These funds support volunteer training and macroinvertebrate data collection for the purpose of assessing water quality that helps state and local efforts to protect and manage water resources. Grants may be used to fund a monitoring coordinator and/or to buy water quality monitoring supplies. There is a maximum amount of $20,000 per grant award for two-year projects under this funding area.
  3. Maintenance Grants: These one-year grants are for groups that are already monitoring with MiCorps procedures. Funds can pay for staff time, equipment, and travel to MiCorps trainings and conferences and are a maximum of $3,000.

The request for proposals for each of the grant opportunities can be found at the MiCorps Stream Monitoring and Cleanup Grants page. With the exception of the startup grants, the grants require a 25% local match commitment.

Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. March 8, 2024.