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Dam Management Grant Program (DMGP)

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, Agencies, and Individuals for
the Repair, Removal, and Maintenance of Aquatic Structures

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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Grants to Michigan nonprofits, agencies, and individuals to remove, maintain, and repair faulty dams or those without an economic purpose. Funding is intended to improve fishing opportunities and aquatic resources, as well as improve public safety and reduce infrastructure costs.

The DMGP’s purpose is to provide funding and technical assistance to conservation partners to manage dam removal, repair, and major maintenance projects that will enhance aquatic resources and fishing opportunities along with reducing infrastructure costs and improving public safety in Michigan.

The main objectives of the DMGP are to:
- Enhance aquatic environments and reduce long-term infrastructure costs by removing dams without an economic purpose; or
- Repair or facilitate major maintenance work on dams that serve an economic purpose, cause minimal environmental impacts, and present imminent public safety issues. Please note that the purpose of this grant program is to address failing infrastructure needs. It is not intended to fund general maintenance or to correct deficiencies in the design of otherwise structurally sound dams.

Program Objectives and Priorities
The key objectives and priorities addressed by this program are:
- Removal of impairments to watershed processes that include: connectivity; fish and wildlife passage; hydrology; sediment and woody debris transport; water quality; and fish community composition and size structure.
- Resolution of public safety concerns.
- Increased public involvement in watershed issues.
- Increased access to aquatic resources.
- Improving quality of life in urban areas.
- High rate of return on dam management investments.

Eligible projects include:
- Removal of dams that have no economic purpose resulting in the enhancement of aquatic environments and the reduction of long term infrastructure costs.
- Repair/major maintenance of dams that have an economic purpose but pose an imminent public safety risk, are deemed in poor or unsatisfactory condition by the DEQ Dam Safety Program or are under a DEQ Dam Safety Order.

Eligible Costs
Only those costs directly associated with completing the project and incurred during the project period, with the exception of engineering, design and design administration costs, are eligible for reimbursement. 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 travel rate.
- Meals for compensated workers when working outside their normal work area valued at the current State of Michigan travel rate.
- Onsite group meals for volunteer laborers.
- Materials specific to the funded project (purchased or donated).
- Contractual services (see Contracting and Procurement Requirements on pgs. 18-19 of the attached Handbook PDF).
- 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 project cost) (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.
Note: If qualifying small hand tools and safety equipment are purchased using this grant funding, there is an expectation that these items will be used in any future grants or similar nature and purchase of similar items in future grants must be justified and approved by DNR prior to being eligible.
- Fuel costs for equipment used during project construction (if MDOT Schedule “C” Rates are not used 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 minus engineering, design, and design administration) 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)

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GrantWatch ID#: 184247

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Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no minimum grant amount and the maximum grant amount you can apply for is the amount of funds appropriated in a given fiscal year (typically around $350,000).

Term of Contract:

Project periods are one and a half years (two construction seasons). The project period will run from the execution of the grant agreement until October 9, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible grant applicants include any local, state, federal, or tribal unit of government, nonprofit group, or individual.

Projects with scope of work outside the grant focus area are not eligible for Dam Management Grant support.

Within the focus area, the following types of projects are also not eligible:
- Feasibility or ecological studies.
- Experimental and unproven methods to rehabilitate river channels after dam removals or used in rehabilitating a dam.
- Routine maintenance activities and operational costs.
- Any project where the estimated repair/major maintenance is less than 50% of the estimated cost of replacing the structure.
- Modifications that would correct design deficiencies of dams that are otherwise in fair or satisfactory condition.
- Dams that are in litigation and/or mitigation.

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule for Dam Management Grant Program
- Grant Application Process Begins: October 15, 2018
- Grant Application Due: November 16, 2018
- DNR Review and Selection Process Completed-Awards Announced by Director: April 15, 2019
- Project Period Begins: Upon Execution of Grant Agreement
- Project Schedule: Follows work plan in “Appendix A” of Project Agreement
- Project Period Ends: October 9, 2020

Once the DNR has completed the selection process, all applicants will be notified of the outcome in writing.

The applicant must commit to provide at least 10% of the total project cost. 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.
- Other grants for a complementary scope of work - requires grant award letter(s) at time of application

Contact Information:

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

Submit grant applications to

Chip Kosloski, DMGP Program Manager

Joe Nohner, Fisheries Division
DMGP Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan