Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
09/01/18 11:59 PM EST
Grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 to Northern Lower Peninsula Region, Michigan conservation districts and organizations, landowners, and sportsmen groups to improve the quality of deer habitat and hunting access. Projects may take place in Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda, or Presque Isle counties.
All projects must attempt to address these objectives in order to be considered for approved funding:
1) To produce and/or improve tangible on-the-ground deer habitat (summer and/or winter range) in the project focus area.
2) To increase partnerships between the DNR, sportsmen's organizations, private landowners, agricultural producers, and other partners.
3) To increase deer availability to hunters on both public and private land.
4) To reduce transmission of Bovine Tuberculosis and agricultural damage caused by deer.
5) To encourage the harvest of deer, especially antlerless deer, and the testing of deer for Bovine Tuberculosis.
Examples of desired habitat improvement projects include but are not limited to:
- Wildlife opening creation, rehabilitation, or existing opening maintenance;
- Increasing hard or soft mast by planting mast bearing shrubs or trees;
- Non-commercial timber stand improvement activities;
- Direct mechanical habitat manipulation (e.g. regeneration of aspen or alder habitat).
In 2019, 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.
GrantWatch ID#: 174329
Grant applications will be accepted for a minimum funding amount of $2,000 and a maximum of $10,000.
Successful applicants will be notified by October 1, 2018. Approved projects will start immediately. All projects are required to be fully completed or have specified contractual deliverables completed by September 30, 2019.
To be eligible to participate in this grant program an application must be submitted from a conservation organization, sportsperson group, non-governmental organizations, local Conservation District(s), or a landowner.
Conservation organizations may be local chapters of state, regional or national groups. Eligible applicants must provide a federal tax number or social security number in order register with the State of Michigan to facilitate grant funding.
A partner organization must name a project contact person or representative and include appropriate contact information on the application. Eligible partner organizations may apply for funding for multiple projects in a fiscal year, each of which will be evaluated independently. Eligible partner organizations may not apply for funding for unspecified projects or purposes.
State owned lands are not eligible for NLP Deer PLAN funding in 2019. Currently, there are existing mechanisms for partnerships between the DNR and external partners to enhance state land wildlife habitat. If you are interested in partnering on state lands, you should contact the respective local wildlife biologist to explore feasibility.
Specific activities that will not be considered are:
- Plantings of exotic or invasive species;
- Commercial timber sale preparation, and construction of ponds
- Proposals that: increase undesired habitat fragmentation; increase wildlife disease transmission potential; have human safety implications; are contrary to deer management goals; or will have known direct adverse impacts on state or federally listed threatened and endangered species will not be considered.
Proposal applications are due electronically by 11:59 PM, September 1, 2018.
Required partner cost share for approved projects is 25 percent of total costs.
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