Grants available for volunteer efforts to clean Michigan's waters

Part of the River Raisin in Tecumseh. Photo by Dwight Burdette. Used with permission through Wikimedia Commons.

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Enivronmental Quality (MDEQ) and Great Lakes Commission 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 supports 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 Feb. 2. The grant application package is available at

Applications are reviewed and assessed by the DEQ and Great Lakes Commission, with final decisions anticipated in April.

To learn more about the grant program, contact Laura Kaminski, Great Lakes Commission, at (734) 971-9135 or

Questions about the grant application process should be directed to Marcy Knoll Wilmes, Water Resources Division, DEQ, at (517) 284-5544 or

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