Drinking Water, Wastewater
MI Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD)
TBA - November 2023
The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) is offering a grant opportunity to projects that address expansion and sustainability of land-based industries; worker training related to land-based industries; and energy, transportation, communications, water, and wastewater infrastructure to benefit rural communities and micropolitan statistical areas.
Eligible counties include those with a population no greater than 70,000 residents or micropolitan statistical areas.
Projects in the following counties are eligible rural (70,000 population or less) or Micropolitan statistical areas:
Alcona, Alger, Allegan, Alpena, Antrim, Arenac, Baraga, Barry, Benzie, Branch, Cass, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Clare, Crawford, Delta, Dickinson, Emmet, Gladwin, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Houghton, Huron, Ionia, Iosco, Iron, Isabella, Kalkaska, Keweenaw, Lake, Leelanau, Lenawee, Luce, Mackinac, Manistee, Marquette, Mason, Mecosta, Menominee, Missaukee, Montcalm, Montmorency, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw , Ontonagon, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon
Projects or applicants in the following counties are NOT eligible for grant funding:
Bay, Berrien, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Midland, Monroe, Muskegon, Oakland, Ottawa, Saginaw, Saint Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw, and Wayne.
State agencies are NOT eligible for grant funding.
Indirect costs are NOT allowed under this grant program. Indirect costs are defined as the expenses of doing business that are not readily identified within the project but are necessary for the general operation of the organization and the implementation of proposal-related activities.
MDARD will provide a proposal template with specific instructions to submit a grant proposal. It is anticipated that a call for applications will occur in October 2022.
For more information, visit the program’s website.
Our Helpdesk team can help with questions about funding opportunities, where to start, or where to go next with your community’s water infrastructure needs. Disadvantaged or overburdened communities are eligible for additional technical assistance completing applications. Request a risk free consultation with the Helpdesk today.