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Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP)

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, Agencies, and Universities to
Control Invasive Aquatic and Terrestrial Species

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Michigan Departments of Natural Resources (DNR), Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development

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09/03/19 3:00 PM EST


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Grants starting at $25,000 to Michigan nonprofit organizations, federal, state, local, and tribal government agencies, and universities to detect, prevent, control, and eradicate invasive aquatic and terrestrial species. State agencies must contact the funding source before applying. Funding is intended to cover direct project costs such as materials, supplies, equipment, personnel, permit fees, and travel expenses.

MISGP Program Metrics:

- Statewide coverage of Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs)
- Response to early detections of invasive species
- Education and outreach to Michigan citizens
- Increased management and control of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species

The main goals of the MISGP are to:

- Prevent new invasive species introductions.
- Strengthen the statewide invasive species early detection and response network.
- Limit the dispersal of recently confirmed invasive species.
- Manage and control widespread, established invasive species.

Proposals should clearly address one or more of the priorities listed below. Projects should directly contribute to implementing strategic actions in Michigan’s Aquatic and/or Terrestrial Invasive Species State Management Plans.

1. Prevention and limiting spread
A. Increase recreational users’ adoption of decontamination practices. Evaluate the effectiveness of existing outreach and engagement techniques related to decontamination methods and materials and provide recommendations necessary to achieve desired changes in behavior by recreational users relative to prevention of movement of invasive species. Proposals should include methods to determine identification of barriers to behavioral change and recommendations should have statewide applicability and include an engagement strategy. Anticipate 1 project; approximately $200,000.
B. Prevent the spread of invasive species. Implement prevention strategies to reduce the risk of moving invasive species out of infested areas and/or into high value areas (e.g., high biodiversity, rare or vulnerable ecosystems). Anticipate 2 projects; approximately $400,000.

2. Early detection and response
C. Detect and respond to high risk invasive species. Engage partner networks in strategic surveillance and/or conduct ongoing response activities for watch list species (Appendix C) in high risk areas where they are likely to occur including public and private lands and waters, storm water basins, and retention areas. Anticipate 3-5 projects; up to $900,000.

3. Management and control
D. Determination of efficacy. Conduct a quantitative evaluation of previous HWA treatment efficacy to improve methods for future control actions. Anticipate 1 project; Approximately $200,000.
E. Novel and efficient integrated control methods. Evaluate integrated (e.g., combining one or more methods, such as, chemical, mechanical and biological) or novel approaches to advance current knowledge in the management of invasive aquatic plants or terrestrial invasive species such as Eurasian water milfoil and its hybrids, European frogbit, oak wilt, starry stonewort, phragmites, knotweeds or swallowworts. Proposal must include a description of the novel approach, a study design, and quantitative evaluation of the results. Anticipate 1-2 projects; approximately $400,000.
F. Ecological understanding to determine critical control points. Improve surveillance and control methods by increasing biological and ecological understanding of key invasive species such as water lettuce, European frogbit, water hyacinth, starry stonewort, hemlock woolly adelgid, oak wilt, Japanese knotweed and giant knotweed. Anticipate 1-2 projects; approximately $400,000

For details on the above program goals and priorities, see pages 6-8: ttps://

For a list of eligible costs, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171776

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant amount is $25,000 with maximum grant amounts between $40,000 and $400,000 depending on the type of project.

CISMA Core Funding: Up to $60,000 is available to a MISGP Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) to implement strategic plan goals and objectives.

CISMA Survey and Treatment: Up to $40,000 is available to a Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) to implement strategic plan goals and objectives for surveying and treating invasive species.

Term of Contract:

Project duration for Priorities 1-3 may be from one to three years, with work commencing within the first 60 days of grant execution. Phased projects to initiate or continue work may be submitted. Funding of one phase of a project does not guarantee funding for subsequent phases.

Project duration for CISMA Core Function and CISMA Treatment and Survey applications is limited to one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

-Local, state, federal, or tribal units of government
-Nonprofit organizations

Proposals that are collaborative in nature will receive higher scoring than proposals representing individual agencies or organizations.

Project Area: MISGP projects must be conducted in Michigan or on Michigan waters.

Partners and Collaborators:

Project partners receiving money from the grant must be eligible applicant organizations. Project partners are subject to the same requirements for progress reporting, contracting and reimbursement documentation as the applicant agency.

Project collaborators are organizations that are not eligible applicants. Project collaborators may work on the project but are considered contractors, subject to state procurement requirements which require awarding work to the lowest qualified quote or bid (see Payment of Grant Funds section). Project collaborators may make documented donations to the project.

Ineligible Costs:

-Costs incurred outside of the project period specified in the project agreement or amendment
-Salaries/fringes of individuals not working directly on the project
-Meals, lodging, salaries, conference fees and speaker fees for compensated workers attending conferences not related to the project
-Lodging and mileage for volunteer laborers Equipment purchases over $2,499 per unit
-Indirect/overhead greater than 10% of the total project cost
-Indirect may not be waived to meet the 10% required match
- Sales tax for tax exempt agencies

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar is scheduled for July 16, 2019

Pre-Application Information:


- Request for Full Proposals : July 8, 2019
- Informational Webinar: July 16, 2019
- Electronic Submission of Full Proposals Due: September 3, 2019
- Award Announcement: January 2020
- Project Period Begins: Upon execution of grant by DNR
- Project Schedule: Follows work plan in “Appendix A” of project agreement
- Interim Progress Reports Due: April 30 and October 30 of project period
- Project Period Ends: Date on executed project agreement
- Final Project Report Due: Sixty days after project period end date

State agencies should contact the MISGP program manager prior to preparing an application.

The applicant must provide 10% of the total project cost in the form of local match. Match must be an integrated, necessary part of the project. Eligible local match may include cash; donations of materials, equipment or supplies; direct staff; relevant grant awards; and volunteer labor.

The MISGP is a reimbursement grant program. All project expenses must be incurred and paid before being submitted for reimbursement.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit application materials to:

Kammy Frayre, DNR, MISGP Project Manager
517-284­ 5970

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan