Clean Boats, Clean Waters grants are now available

Clean Boats, Clean Waters grants are now available

Contact: Kelsey Bockelman616-632-7878 or Kevin Walters616-250-8637 Agency: Natural resources

November 2, 2021

Calling all lake associations, watershed groups, non-profit organizations, and local and tribal government units! The Michigan Clean Boats, Clean Waters program offers grants to support aquatic invasive species awareness efforts. This funding opportunity is available to organizations dedicated to educating boaters about aquatic invasive species and protecting Michigan’s waterways.

Funding requests can range from $1,000 to $3,000 and do not require local matching or cost sharing. Clean Boats, Clean Waters grants can be used for a variety of activities, including signage, invasive species removal supplies such as plant removal tools, sponges and towels, and duck time. personnel to conduct boat inspections and demonstrations of boat cleaning techniques.

Interested organizations can apply for a grant now on the Clean Boats, Clean Waters website. The deadline to apply is December 17.

This is a competitive funding opportunity, and complete applications will be ranked based on eligibility, project significance, and overall strategy.

CBCW is a joint effort between Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. Funding for CBCW and this mini-grant opportunity is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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Black Lake: Linda Sandvik, a member of the Black Lake Preservation Society, and two officers from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation show off a boat launch sign and invasive species removal tools installed with the support of a CBCW grant 2020. /

Earnest A. Martinez