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Wildlife Habitat Grant Program (WHGP)

Grants to Michigan Agencies, Nonprofits, For-Profits,
and Individuals to Improve Habitat for Game Species

GrantWatch ID#: 174330
Agency Type:

State

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

07/21/17 Close of Business (Postmark Deadline)

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Grants starting at $15,000 to Michigan government or tribal agencies, nonprofits, for-profits, and individuals for the improvement and development of game species wildlife habitat. Projects may be related to a range of ecosystems, including wetlands, grasslands and savannas, and forests.

Grantees are expected to maintain the area to be improved for the useful life of the project. Useful life is defined on a case by case basis as the period of time during which an improvement is capable of fulfilling its intended purpose with adequate, routine maintenance. Possible useful life examples for projects would be: 1-3 years for wildlife food plots and 10 years for perennial herbaceous plantings.

The primary goal of this program is to enhance and improve the quality and quantity of game species habitat in support of specific goals from the Wildlife Division’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020, The GPS; specifically, GPS Goal 2: Manage habitat for sustainable wildlife populations and wildlife-based recreation.

The key priorities to be addressed by this program include:

-Expanding big game hunting adventures
-Bringing back quality pheasant hunting to Michigan
-Making Michigan regionally known for great diversity of high-quality waterfowl hunting
-Creating outstanding grouse, woodcock, and turkey hunting in Michigan
-Expanding small game hunting opportunities for squirrel, rabbit and hare
-Expanding recreational shooting opportunities on public and private lands
-Preserving and promoting Michigan’s hunting and trapping heritage

Region and Program Priorities:

See Appendix B of the Program Handbook (attached below) to determine in which region your project is located.

Southeast Region:

Develop or maintain wildlife openings and/or development of food plots on State Wildlife Areas and State Forest lands.
-Develop food plots that target featured game species for the region.
-Develop and maintain wildlife openings for wildlife, especially within the forested cover types.

Grasslands/savannas
-Develop and maintain, or contribute to large (>250 acres) grassland complexes. Emphasis will be on the game areas identified in “More Bang for Your Buck”.
-Develop brush piles for rabbit habitat, especially near meadows and grasslands.

Early successional forest (aspen)
-Create edge habitat that provides wildlife cover especially in areas that currently have limited cover.
-On non-commercial timber stands, utilize cutting to obtain early successional forests (especially aspen types) and encourage retaining fruit bearing shrubs and hard mast trees.

Wetlands
-Develop and update water control structures and dikes at managed waterfowl and wetland areas.

Southwest Region:

Develop or maintain wildlife openings and/or development of food plots on State Wildlife Areas, State Game Areas (SGAs), and State Forest lands.

Grasslands/savannas
-Projects that contribute to large (>250 acres) grassland complexes are most desired and may have to include
working with private landowners nearby SGAs.
-Brush piles for rabbit habitat within grassland complexes. Priority SGAs include Allegan (Farm Unit), Augusta Creek, Gratiot-Saginaw, Maple River, Rose Lake, and Three Rivers.
-Smaller complexes can be considered on SGAs in the southern half of the region as well.

Early successional forest (aspen)
-Mechanical treatment of forest stands to obtain early successional forests (especially aspen types) and retain fruit bearing shrubs and hard mast trees.
-Techniques that provide wildlife cover especially in areas that currently have limited cover.
-SGAs in the northern half of the region all have areas where this type of management is desired.
-Allegan and Barry SGAs in the south may have some opportunities for early successional management.

Oak Management
-Promote oak regeneration on SGAs through the removal of undesirable understory trees and shrubs.

Wetlands
-Develop, maintain, and update water control structures and dikes at managed waterfowl and wetland areas, restoration of moist soils complexes, restoration of natural water levels in drained or tiled areas.
-Although wetland management projects will be considered for all SGAs in the region priority will be given to projects at Allegan, Dansville, Gratiot-Saginaw, Langston, Maple River, Martiny Lake, and Muskegon SGAs.

Northern Lower Peninsula Region:

Develop or maintain wildlife openings and/or development of food plots on State Wildlife Areas and State Forest lands. Emphasis will be placed on more long term sustainable herbaceous cover and forage plantings which restore openings that are degraded due to brush and undesirable herbaceous encroachment.

Grasslands/savannas
-Projects that contribute to large (>250 acres) grassland complexes, primarily in elk range, but also located in the Baldwin and Traverse City units, are most desired and may have to include working with adjacent private landowners.
-Brush piles for rabbit habitat within grassland complexes.

Early successional forest (aspen)
-Mechanical treatment of forest stands to obtain early successional forests (especially aspen types) and retain fruit bearing shrubs and hard mast trees.
-This will typically require non-commercial treatments which do not sell under the normal timber sale process.

Wetlands
-Develop, maintain, and update water control structures and dikes at managed wetland areas, restoration of moist soils complexes, restoration of natural water levels in drained or tiled areas.
-Although wetland management projects will be considered for all areas in the region priority will be given to projects identified on the Regional priority list.

Deer wintering complexes
-Protect/enhance conifer cover and food supplies as identified by local biologists.

Mast producing trees
-Maintain and expand mast-producing species such as oak and beech, focusing on areas where disease is a threat.
-Establishment of soft mast (cranberries, crab apples, etc.) to promote winter food sources for wild turkey in high snow fall zone.
-Pruning of existing fruit trees on state-owned lands which will improve fruit production.

Woodcock Management
-Maintain the lowland brush component through regeneration activities by mowing brush in areas within the identified woodcock management zone.

Upper Peninsula Region:

Deer wintering complexes
-Protect/enhance conifer cover and food supplies.

Early successional forest (aspen)
-Maintain the aspen resource in a variety of age classes.

Mast producing trees
-Maintain and expand mast-producing species such as oak and beech, focusing on areas where disease is a threat.

Forest openings
-Maintain forest openings of various sizes, ranging from small clearings to large complexes or savanna in appropriate locations.

NOTE: This list is not all inclusive and requires that applicants consult with DNR staff.

Eligible Costs:

Only those costs directly associated with completing the project and incurred during the project period are eligible for reimbursement, with the exceptions of engineering, design, and design administration costs. Categories of eligible costs include:

-Salaries/wages (including fringe benefits) for on the ground paid labor costs and/or project administration.
-Donated services (credited at professional wage).
-Volunteer labor (credited at minimum wage).
-Mileage for compensated workers when using personal vehicle for project travel valued at the current State of Michigan premium rate (currently $.535/mile).
-Meals for compensated workers when working outside their normal work area (maximum $8.50 for breakfast and/or lunch and $19.00 for dinner when documented with a receipt).
-Onsite group meals for volunteer laborers.
-Materials specific to the funded project (purchased or donated).
-Contractual services (see Contract and Procurement Requirements pg. 13).
-Indirect costs charged by contractual vendors (no greater than 10% of total contract cost).
-Reasonable grantee overhead/indirect costs (e.g.: office supplies and materials, rent, utilities) (no greater than 10% of total grant amount) (note: salaries/wages are not eligible as overhead/indirect costs).
-Equipment (purchased, donated, or rented). Purchased equipment may not exceed $500 per unit. If equipment is purchased in pieces and assembled, the total of the pieces used in assembly may not exceed $500.
-Fuel costs for equipment used during project construction (if not using MDOT Schedule “C” or cost is not included in equipment rental agreement).
-Project signs.
-Permit application fees for permits required for the project.
-Engineering, design and design administration costs (no greater than 30% of total project cost) incurred up to 1 year prior to the project period specified in the project agreement or amendment.

Note: These costs are at your own risk and will not be reimbursed if a grant is not awarded.

The minimum grant amount is $15,000 and the maximum grant amount you can apply for is the amount of funds appropriated in a given fiscal year.

Approved projects will start upon execution of a grant agreement, but not before October 1, 2017. All projects are required to be fully completed and all expenses incurred by September 30, 2019.

To be eligible to participate in the WHGP, an application must be submitted from a local, state, federal or tribal unit of government, profit or nonprofit groups or individuals in Michigan who will commit to maintain the area to be improved for the useful life of the project.

Projects with scope of work outside the grant focus area are not eligible for Wildlife Habitat Grant support. Within the focus area, the following types of projects are also not eligible:

-Land acquisition or acquisition of rights in land.
-Studies and/or management plan development.
-Projects located outside the state of Michigan.
-Projects where the primary habitat improvement or development is for agricultural purposes.
-Projects where the primary activity is invasive species removal or prevention.
-Projects where the primary improvement or development is the construction of buildings, viewing structures, seating structures, or any other type of structure that does not create or enhance wildlife habitat.

For all projects, the following items are examples of costs that are ineligible for reimbursement:

-Costs incurred outside of the project period specified in the project agreement or amendment (with the exception of engineering, design, and design administration costs).
-Salaries/wages not directly related to the project.
-Time, supplies & materials, or equipment provided by the DNR.
-Lodging for compensated workers.
-Lodging or mileage for volunteer laborers.
-Conference fees and speaker fees.
-Purchase of equipment over $500 per unit.

The required partner cost share for approved projects is 10 percent of the total project. The 10% may be in any of the following forms:

-Applicant’s own cash
-Applicant’s own force account labor, equipment, or materials
-Donations of cash, materials, equipment or services by others – requires letter(s) of commitment from donors at time of application

Proposal applications are due by close of business on July 21, 2017. Applications must be postmarked by this day.

Successful applicants will be notified on or shortly after October 1, 2017.

Schedule for Wildlife Habitat Grant Program:

-Request for Proposals Begin: June 1, 2017
-Grant Application Due (must be postmarked by this day): July 21, 2017
-DNR Review and Selection Process Completed: September 20, 2017
-Awards Announced by Director: October 1, 2017
-Project Period Begins: Upon execution of grant agreement, but not before October 1, 2017
-Project Schedule: Follows work plan in “Appendix A” of Project Agreement
-Project Period Ends: September 30, 2019
-Final Project Report Due: By November 14, 2019

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

Clay Buchanan, Wildlife Division Grant Coordinator
517-614-0918
buchananc1@michigan.gov

Chip Kosloski, Wildlife Habitat Grant Program Manager
517-284-5965
kosloskic3@michigan.gov

Mail applications to:

Grants Management
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 30425
Lansing, MI 48909-7925

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