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Wildlife Habitat Grant Program (WHGP)

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

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

07/26/19 Postmarked


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Grants starting at $15,000 to Michigan nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, and individuals to enhance the populations of game species and their habitats. Funding is intended to assist with the management, development, and improvement of wildlife habitat for game species. 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, specifically, GPS Goal 2: Manage habitat for sustainable wildlife populations and wildlife-based recreation.

The key priorities to be addressed by this program include:
-Species and habitat identified in the Michigan DNR Wildlife Action Plan (WAP)
-Game species identified in the WAP should be primary focus of WHGP habitat work.

For information about program priorities according to regions, see:

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.

For information about eligible costs, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174330

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant amount is $15,000. The maximum grant request is the amount of funds appropriated in a given fiscal year, typically around $1 million.

Term of Contract:

- Project periods are two years.
- The project period begins upon execution of grant agreement, but not before October 1, 2019. The project period ends September 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are local, state, federal or tribal units of government, profit or nonprofit groups, or individuals.

Please note: If you are an individual and your application is funded, you will receive a 1099 form from the State of Michigan for the grant funds you receive in each calendar year.

The grantee must be a registered vendor with the State of Michigan SIGMA Vendor Self Service (VSS) system to receive payments. The VSS website is:

Time, supplies, materials, and/or equipment provided by DNR are not eligible.

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 a list of ineligible costs, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be postmarked no later than July 26, 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for funding. Grant applications must be submitted on the 2019 WHGP Workbook.

While preparing your WHGP application, it is recommended that you work with the local region wildlife personnel where your project is located to ensure the project addresses regional priorities.

Schedule for Wildlife Habitat Grant Program:
-Request for Proposals Begin: May 31, 2019
-Grant Application Due (postmarked): July 26, 2019
-DNR Review and Selection Process Completed: September 2019
-Awards Announced by Director: October 1, 2019
-Project Period Begins: Upon execution of grant agreement, but not before October 1, 2019
-Project Schedule: Follows work plan in “Appendix A” of project agreement
-Project period Ends: September 30, 2021
-Final Project Report Due: by November 15, 2021

The applicant must commit to provide at least 10% of the total project cost.

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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.

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

Clay Buchanan, Wildlife Division
WHGP Coordinator

Chip Kosloski, Grants Management Section
WHGP Program Manager

Grant Coverage Areas:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan