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Inland Fisheries Grants
NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE INLAND FISHERIES GRANT PROGRAM IN 2013-2014.
Forms and Publications
- To protect, maintain and/or enhance inland aquatic environments that support (or are capable of supporting) a significant public fishery.
- To rehabilitate degraded inland fish communities on waters that support (or are capable of supporting) a significant public fishery.
- To provide additional or more diverse fishing opportunities on inland waters that support (or are capable of supporting) a significant public fishery.
- To foster educational and interpretive communications and interest in inland fish, fishing, and fisheries management when those communications and interests serve to protect, maintain, enhance, or rehabilitate the populations and habitat of fish and other forms of aquatic life.
Projects that are beneficial to the people of Michigan, inland fisheries resources, and meet one or more of the program objectives (above) are eligible for funding. In past years, criteria for scoring included completeness of the application, project need and its relationship to Fisheries Division and Inland Fisheries Grant (IFG) program objectives, and benefits to inland fisheries.
Applicants must demonstrate they can contribute at least 50 percent of the project's cost as a match to the state grant.
The Michigan DNR determines a focus area for each year's grant projects. Only those applications that meet the focus area for that year will be eligible for funding. The focus area for fiscal years 2011-2013 will be a combination of Fish Passage and Inland Lake Management projects.
The scope of a focus area can be large and there are a variety of projects that will be eligible under each category. Projects will be considered if they mitigate the impacts on a fishery related to fish passage or if it involves inland lake management on publicly accessible lakes. Examples of the types of projects that will be considered include, but are not limited to:
- Enhancement of habitat and fisheries.
- Improvement of water quality and ecology.
- Improvement of riparian property for public fishing use.
- Rehabilitation of riparian natural form and function.
- Quantification and removal of sediment, including contaminated sediment.
- Rehabilitation of stream stability for maintaining channel dimension, pattern and profile.
- Quantification of nutrient loading.
- Improvement of lake level maintenance that more closely mimic natural variations.
- Long-term planning projects for water quality and riparian lands improvement benefiting inland lake ecosystems.
Source(s) of Funds: Game and Fish Protection Fund
Dollar Amount(s) Available: Grants not being offered in 2013-2014
Authority: Part 5, PA 451 of 1994, as amended
Contact(s): Application Functions: Fisheries, Christian LeSage, (517-241-3624), email@example.com.