Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey Grants

 

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program Grants

MiCorps' Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program (VSMP) provides grants for water quality monitoring in wadable streams and rivers. For the first time in 2015, the VSMP will accept funding proposals under three different topical areas: Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey Grants, Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey Start-Up Grants, and Road/Stream Crossing Inventory Grants. Please review the details provided below and in each specific Grant Application Package (GAP) for each funding area as eligibilty requirements, funding expectations, and Grant Application materials vary for each area.

The application deadline for all three funding areas under the 2015 VSMP is February 12, 2015, at 1:00 PM EST.

 

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.

 

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

 

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grant Program Brochure (Tri-fold for 8.5x11 paper)

 

 

Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey Grants

The Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey Grants support volunteer work to monitor benthic macroinvertebrate communities and habitat characteristics in wadable streams and rivers. The grants may be used to fund a local monitoring coordinator and/or purchase water quality monitoring supplies. MiCorps will provide training to grant recipients, 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. Multiple grants are expected for 2015 in the $8,000 to $14,000 range for two-year projects under this funding area.

To apply for a grant under this funding area, please visit the VSMP Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey Grant Application Page.  

 

Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey Start-Up Grants

MiCorps has set aside a portion of the 2015 VSMP funds as “seed money” for newly forming volunteer monitoring groups in the form of Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey Start-Up Grants. These start-up funds are intended for individuals and communities that want to get involved in aquatic macroinvertebrate and stream habitat monitoring in wadable streams and rivers, but do not have a volunteer program to build on and are not sure where to begin.

The goal of the start-up grant program is to support groups in planning a volunteer monitoring program, designing a monitoring strategy, and submitting a full proposal for a future VSMP Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey grant cycle that includes this plan and strategy. Start-up grant recipients will also have access to MiCorps resources.

 

During the period of this one-year grant, start-up grant recipients will address such questions as: 1) why volunteer monitoring would benefit their community; 2) how they want to use the data; 3) where they need to start monitoring; 4) who will supervise scientific aspects of the monitoring program; 5) how they will recruit and retain volunteers; 6) whether the monitoring program will be coordinated under an existing organization or a new organization will be formed; and 7) what financial resources will 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 in 2015, with multiple grants expected in the $1,000 to $3,000 range for one-year projects under this funding area.

To apply for a start-up grant under this funding area, please visit the VSMP Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey Start-Up Grant Application Page.

 

 

Road/Stream Crossing Inventory Grants 

 

The Road/Stream Crossing Inventory Grants are new to the VSMP in 2015, and will assist volunteer monitoring groups in establishing a volunteer-based program in which volunteers visit and assess the condition of road/stream crossings to protect and enhance streams throughout a target watershed. MiCorps will provide training to grant recipients, and the data will be entered into a publicly available database and used by various agencies as a screening tool.

 

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. Multiple grants are expected for 2015 in the $5,000 to $10,000 range for one-year projects under this funding area.

 

To apply for a grant under this funding area, please visit the VSMP Road/Stream Crossing Inventory Grant Application Page.  

 

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 x 601
Email: psteen@hrwc.org

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