Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the ( ) have recommended projects in the state to share $7,790,400 in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants.
The 22 community and state, , and sports suggested for funding are in Bay, Berrien, Emmet, Ingham, Kent, Mason, Mecosta, Muskegon, Oakland, Oceana, Ontonagon, Otsego, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties.
“The Land and Water Conservation Fund is critical to creating qualityresources that add value and improve the quality of life for communities throughout ,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
“This fund is an excellent example of successful collaboration among federal, state, and local government partners that yields health and social benefits for residents and visitors,” she added.
“residents and visitors turn to , , , and other welcoming public places to connect with family, friends, and the outdoors,” said Director Dan Eichinger. “The Land and Water Conservation Fund, along with other important grant programs administered by the , continues to provide vital access to Michigan’s out-of-doors.”
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is backed by earnings from federal gas and oil development from the Gulf of Mexico. Following congressional appropriation, the funds are apportioned to the states by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior each fiscal year. The project recommendations will be sent to the National Park Service for federal approval.
The Great American Outdoors Act, signed into law in August 2020, established permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. With the change in legislation, will see more financial stability and increased funding in the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant . These changes resulted in the raising the maximum application request from $300,000 to $500,000 for application cycles.
According to a release, eligible applicants include any unit of government including Native American tribes, school districts, or any combination of units with the legal authority to provide recreation.
Applicants can seek funding for a variety of projects, including the development of and improvements to playgrounds,, and walkways, skate , boat launches, picnic areas, sports fields, and , in addition to improved access for users of all abilities beyond Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.
Application materials and information for LWCF grants will be available early in 2022 at Michigan.gov/LWCFGrants. Applications for the 2022 funding cycle are due April 1.
Questions? Call theGrants Management Section at 517-284-7268 or email -Grants@Michigan.gov.