Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Michigan Waterfront Project Grants

The Department of Environmental Quality announced today that approximately $750,000 in Waterfront Redevelopment Grant funds is now available for projects across the state. The DEQ is requesting proposals for projects that revitalize waterfronts, create economic benefit for communities, and provide waterfront access for the public.

"The DEQ is committed to partnering with local communities to revitalize their waterfronts and create a destination for families to enjoy Michigan's natural resources," said DEQ Director Steven E. Chester. "This program has provided a tremendous investment for Michigan, and while its funds are nearly exhausted, we will remain a partner in ensuring these projects are a success."

The Clean Michigan Initiative Waterfront Redevelopment Grant Program has funded 62 grant projects in 47 communities, totaling almost $50 million. A number of these projects were completed under budget and have returned unexpended funds to the Waterfront Redevelopment Grant fund which is now available for new projects. Waterfront Redevelopment Grant funding can be used for any of four eligible activities: Environmental response activities, property acquisition, infrastructure, and public facility improvements and demolition. The project can be part of a larger development or a stand-alone project. The proposal must include a minimum of 25 percent local match.

Proposals will be accepted until March 26, 2008. Applicants must also submit a Waterfront Redevelopment Plan along with the application. The full text of the Request for Proposals, as well as the application and instructions, can be found on the DEQ Web site at:, then click on "Brownfield Grants and Loans." Application materials and program information may also be requested from Nancy Steffen at (517) 373-9540.

Grant awards are contingent upon availability of funds and the terms and conditions of the Brownfield Redevelopment Grant Program.

a news release of the Michigan DEQ, Feb 4, 2008
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