Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grant Program

 

Stream Monitoring

To view the 2014 grant recipients and all previously funded projects, please visit our Funded Projects page.

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grant Program Brochure (PDF - 247 KB, Tri-fold for 8.5x11 paper)

 

 

2014 Road/Stream Crossing Inventory Pilot Program 

 

In 2014, MiCorps will be funding a single pilot project grant (up to $8,500) to support a recipient entity in conducting a volunteer-based pilot program to assess the condition of road/stream crossings throughout a target watershed.

 

The grant application process for the 2014 Road/Stream Crossing Inventory Pilot Program has now ended. MiCorps staff will be reviewing the applications that were submitted, and expect to announce the awards by May 1st. Future grant applicants may view the 2014 Grant Application Package as a resource to read more about the application process. 

 

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grant Program

MiCorps provides grants for water quality monitoring in wadable streams and rivers. The monitoring primariy includes an evaluation of benthic invertebrate communities and stream habitat. The grants may be used to fund a local monitoring coordinator and/or purchase water quality monitoring supplies. MiCorps will provide training to the grantees, and the data will be used by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as a screening tool to identify sites requiring a more detailed assessment and as supplemental data for DEQ water resources management programs.

Local units of government and nonprofit entities are eligible to receive grant funding. Nonprofit entities are those exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code.

The grant application process for the 2014 Volunteer Stream Monitoring Full Grant Program has now ended. MiCorps staff will be reviewing the applications that were submitted, and expect to announce the awards by late May. Future grant applicants may view the 2014 Grant Application Package as a resource to read more about the application process. 

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Start-Up Grant Program

MiCorps has set aside a portion of the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grant funds as “seed money” for newly forming volunteer monitoring groups. These start-up funds will serve two purposes: 1) provide funding and support to assist start-up groups in designing a monitoring strategy for their community; and 2) help groups develop a full proposal for a future Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grant Program (VSMGP) cycle. The start-up grants are intended for individuals and communities that want to get involved in volunteer stream monitoring but do not have a volunteer program to build on and are not sure where to begin.

Start-up grant recipients will have access to MiCorps resources and training and can use the start-up money to conduct research on a monitoring project and strategy. Start-up grant recipients will address such questions as 1) why they want to begin monitoring; 2) how they want to use the data; 3) where they want to monitor; 4) who will conduct the monitoring and how they will be recruited; 5) whether the monitoring program will be coordinated under an existing organization or a new organization will be formed; 6) what technical expertise and resources are available; and 7) what financial resources are available to support their monitoring program over the long term.

All interested individuals or small groups are encouraged to apply, but applications must come from a local unit of government or a nonprofit organization (as the fiduciary agent) to be eligible to receive grant funding. Ineligible entities include for-profit, other professional institutions, or unaffiliated individuals or groups. Up to $10,000 will be available for start-up grants, with multiple grants expected in the $1,000 to $3,000 range.

The grant application process for the 2014 Volunteer Stream Monitoring Start-up Grant Program has now ended. MiCorps staff will be reviewing the applications that were submitted, and expect to announce the awards by late May. Future grant applicants may view the 2014 Grant Application Package as a resource to read more about the application process. 

Contact

If you have any questions about the grant program or applying for a grant, please contact the MiCorps Program Manager below.

Paul Steen
MiCorps Program Manager
Huron River Watershed Council
Ph: 734-769-5123 x601
Email: psteen@hrwc.org

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