grant application process for the 2013 Volunteer Stream Monitoring
Program has now ended. MiCorps staff will be reviewing
the applications that were submitted, and expect to announce the
awards in June 2013.
view the 2012 grant recipients and all previously funded projects,
please visit our Funded Projects
Stream Monitoring Grant Program Factsheet
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
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.
Stream Monitoring Start-Up Grant Program
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
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
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.
If you have
any questions about the grant program or applying for a grant, please
contact the MiCorps Program Manager below.
MiCorps Program Manager
Huron River Watershed Council
Ph: 734-769-5123 x601
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and updates on these grant programs.