Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
02/28/21 11:59 PM EST
Grants of up to $15,000 to Michigan conservation districts and organizations, landowners, and sportsmen groups in eligible counties to improve the quality of deer territory and hunting access on privately owned lands. Funding is intended to reduce agricultural damage caused by deer and to reduce the transmission of deer-borne diseases. All 2021 project areas must fall within the following focus area counties: Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda, and Presque Isle.
All projects must attempt to address these objectives in order to be considered for approved funding:
In 2021, the focus of the NLP Deer PLAN is to improve deer habitat on privately owned rural lands. While public access is not required, public access to projects is highly desired and projects with provisions that allow legal public access (e.g. the Hunting Access Program) for hunting of deer will be reflected in the project scoring process. Proximity to active agricultural lands will also be highly desirable in order to assist in reducing negative impacts to agricultural operations and will be reflected in the project scoring process. In addition, the formation of cooperatives or partnerships that include multiple property owners and at least 150 acres between at least two properties will be awarded additional scoring points. Finally, implementing deer management in the form of harvesting and testing of deer for Bovine Tuberculosis will gain additional scoring points.
Examples of desired habitat improvement projects include but are not limited to:
While public access is not required, public access to projects is highly desired and projects with provisions that allow legal public access (e.g. the Hunting Access Program) for hunting of deer will be reflected in the project scoring process. Proximity to active agricultural lands will also be highly desirable in order to assist in reducing negative impacts to agricultural operations and will be reflected in the project scoring process.
GrantWatch ID#: 174329
Grant proposals requesting a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $15,000 in funding from the DNR will be considered.
Approved projects will start immediately. All projects are required to be fully completed or have specified contractual deliverables completed by Sept. 30, 2021.
Applicants interested in applying for a multiple year project may do so if they can demonstrate completing a portion of the project each year. Multiple year funding is not guaranteed based on acceptance of the first year’s application. Applicants must also be willing to reapply each year of the project.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Email applications to: NLPDeerPlan@michigan.gov
For technical questions regarding the NLP Deer PLAN Grant Handbook, contact:
Ashley Autenrieth, Deer Program Biologist
Gaylord DNR Operations Service Center
1732 W M-32
Gaylord, MI 49735
989-732-3541 Ext. 5044
For questions regarding habitat in Alcona, Crawford, and Oscoda counties, contact:
Brian Piccolo, Wildlife Biologist
Roscommon DNR Operations Service Center
8717 N. Roscommon Road
Roscommon, MI 48653
989-275-5151 Ext. 2030
For questions regarding habitat in Alpena, Montmorency, and Presque Isle counties, contact:
Shelby Hiestand, Wildlife Biologist
Atlanta DNR Field Office
13501 M-33 North
Atlanta, MI 49709
989-785-4251 Ext. 5230
USA: Michigan: Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda, and Presque Isle Counties
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