Grants available for volunteer efforts to clean Michigan’s waters

Dec 17, 2018 | News and Announcements

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and Great Lakes Commission (GLC) today announced the availability of $25,000 for small grants to support local efforts to clean up Michigan rivers, streams, and creeks.

Michigan’s Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program provides grants to local units of government to help clean Michigan waterways.  Local units of government may partner with nonprofit organizations or other volunteer groups to carry out the work.  A 25 percent minimum local match is required.

The program is funded by fees from the sale of Michigan’s specialty water quality protection license plates, available from the Secretary of State’s Office.

The application deadline is February 11, 2019.  The grant application package is available at  Applications are reviewed and assessed by the MDEQ and GLC, with final decisions anticipated in early May 2019.

To learn more about the grant program, contact Laura Kaminski, GLC, at 734‑971-9135 or [email protected].  Questions about the grant application process should be directed to Marcy Knoll Wilmes, Water Resources Division, MDEQ, at 517-342-4348 or [email protected].

The Great Lakes Commission, led by chair John Linc Stine, commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is an interstate compact agency established under state and U.S. federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region and its residents. The Commission consists of governors’ appointees, state legislators, and agency officials from its eight member states. Associate membership for Ontario and Québec was established through the signing of a “Declaration of Partnership.” The Commission maintains a formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests. The Commission office is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Learn more at


For media inquiries, please contact Hannah Reynolds, [email protected].

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