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Grant Funding Available to Combat Invasive Species in Michigan

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program is accepting proposals for 2015 projects that prevent, detect, manage and eradicate invasive species on the ground and in the water.

About $3.6 million is expected to be available through the grant program.

The program is a joint effort of the Michigan Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development. It’s part of a statewide initiative launched in 2014 to help prevent and control invasive species in Michigan.

“These grants offer a great opportunity to expand crucial efforts to battle invasive species in Michigan’s woods and waters,” said DNR Director Keith Creagh.

“Partnerships like this are vital to protecting our world-class natural resources. There is an enormous need to work together to address invasive species in our state, and just as big a willingness by residents, agencies and other stakeholders to get the job done. This grant funding will go a long way toward achieving that success.”

Administered by the DNR, the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program targets four key objectives:

•    Preventing new introductions of invasive species through outreach and education.
•    Monitoring for new invasive species as well as expansions of current invasive species.
•    Managing and controlling key colonized species in a strategic manner.
•    Responding to and conducting eradication efforts for new findings and range expansions.

Local, federal and tribal units of government, nonprofit organizations and universities may apply for funding to support invasive species projects conducted in Michigan. Pre-proposals will be accepted through July 31 and requested full proposals are due by Oct. 30.

Grant requests for 2015 projects can range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $400,000. Applicants must commit to provide at least 10 percent of the total project cost in the form of a local match. Proposals with match levels above 10 percent will receive higher ranking.

The 2015 grant program handbook outlining focus areas and information on how to apply is available on the DNR website:

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Grant Funding Available to Combat Invasive Species in Michigan