The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting Wildlife Habitat Grant Program applications through March 1, 2014. Projects featuring habitat enhancement for game species will be given priority.
The Wildlife Habitat Grant Program (WHGP) began in October 2013 and will be funded with a portion of the revenue of the hunting and fishing licenses sold each year. The DNR administers the WHGP through a cooperative effort between its Wildlife Division and Grants Management.
The main objective of the WHGP is to enhance and improve the quality and quantity of game species habitat in support of specific goals from the Wildlife Division’s strategic plan, The GPS. Those goals are:
GPS Goal 2 – Manage habitat for sustainable wildlife populations in a changing environment
GPS Goal 4 – Increase public participation, acceptance and support of hunting and trapping and increase participation in non-consumptive wildlife-related recreation
“This is an exciting opportunity to partner with others in the state to increase the habitat available for game species in Michigan and to enhance the existing habitat for the benefit of hunters, trappers and wildlife viewers,” said DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason.
Funding is available – through an open competitive process – for local, state, federal and tribal governments, for-profit and nonprofit groups, and individuals. Minimum grant amounts will be set at $15,000 with the maximum being the amount of funds available for that grant cycle. The 2014 overall available grant amount is $650,000.
The Wildlife Habitat Grant Program application period will begin on Feb. 1 and end at the close of business on March 1. Successful grant applications will be announced by April 1. The detailed program handbook and application are available at www.michigan.gov/wildlife or www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants.