Funding Available from Freshwater Future and Michigan’s Invasive Species Grants Program

Posted on October 24, 2014 by
The leaves are turning and the year end is fast approaching.  Don’t forget about these great funding opportunities through Freshwater Future and the 2014 Michigan Invasive Species Grants Program.

Freshwater Future Opportunities

Fondly referred to as SOGs, these grants are reserved for aquatic habitat protection efforts that may not coincide with the application timeline or grant period for the Projects Grants Program. Freshwater Future realizes that many grassroots projects can be completed for under $500 USD, therefore we maintain a reserve to support urgent projects or those that present a special, time-limited opportunity. Although the eligibility, overarching goal, priority program areas, and evaluation criteria are the same as the regular grants programs, Special Opportunity Grant (SOG) requests are processed differently to ensure quick turnaround. No deadline, grants awarded until funds are depleted for the year.
Insight Services Grants:
The Insight Services Grants: Growing Success program provides grant awards ranging from $500 to $3000 (USD) to be used for assistance from Freshwater Future to build capacity of grassroots organizations, which could include training, board development, membership expansion, fundraising, and strategic planning.  No deadline, grants awarded until funds are depleted for the year.

In Michigan?  Check out these 2014 Michigan Invasive Species Grants Program

The purpose of the MISGP is to provide funding and technical assistance to prevent, detect, eradicate, and control terrestrial and aquatic invasive species. 
Grants will require a 10% match and are geared towards on-the-ground activities.  Six focus areas are identified for proposal applications including:  
·         Regional Cooperative Prevention, Detection, Eradication, and Control
·         Integrated and novel approaches towards treating Eurasian water milfoil and other aquatic invasive plant species in Michigan lakes and waterways
·         Reduction of forest disease incidence and transfer
·         Prevention of new forest invaders
·         Enhancing public reporting, species identification, and documentation of treatment histories for aquatic and terrestrial invasive species in Michigan
·         Other projects
Two webinars will be available for potential applicants with the purpose of reviewing the application focus areas and requirements and providing the opportunity for applicants to ask questions of agency staff.  The first webinar is Monday, October 27, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Details regarding the webinars, the MISGP Handbook and Application, and staff contacts for questions can be found at or at Deadline to apply is December 5, 2014.


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