Drinking Water, Environment, Source Water
MI Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE)
June 15, 2024
Requires a 50% local match
Containment Source Inventory Activities, Contingency Plan and Emergency Response Protocol, Hazard Mitigation, New Source Water Implementation, Public Education, Source Water Management, Testing and Monitoring
These grants are provided to assist PWSSs in developing, initiating, and maintaining
Source Water Protection Programs. Among other things, grant eligible activities enable
public water systems to understand how their source water interacts with the landscape,
to inventory potential sources of contamination, to enact administrative controls, and to
educate the general public about their relationship to their water and their role in
protecting it. Comprehensive source water protection is a continual effort and EGLE
encourages eligible water supplies to apply for grants during each cycle to support a
living Source Water Protection Program for their community. Both groundwater and
surface water supplied systems are eligible to apply.
The minimum application requirements include:
• A 50 percent local match that must be provided through local funds equal to
the amount of grant assistance requested.
• A source water protection team consisting of at least three people, including
representation from the water supply superintendent and the municipality.
• A minimum score of ten on the application.
• Complete application with all required documentation.
Applications proposing protection area delineations, new well siting, updated
contaminant inventories, and new/innovative outreach activities are highly encouraged.
Workplan proposals must be included with each application to be considered complete.
The workplan format has changed for the 2024 applications. The table format as a
workplan is no longer being accepted. A workplan must be submitted as a written
document describing the specific goals, action steps, individuals responsible for the
activities, and the metrics used to measure achievement of goals that align with the
program requirements checklists for the seven elements of a Wellhead or Surface
Water Intake Protection Plan.
This application is applicable for any municipal public water supply regardless of whether it is a ground water or surface water source.
Any element of source water protection may be eligible for funding through this program. A comprehensive listing of activities eligible for funding is included in the Source Water Protection Grant Eligible and Non-Grant Eligible Activities pdf available in the resources below. Following is a sampling of activities for which your water supply could receive funding:
This program is based on matching funds, that is, for every dollar applied for, the local water supply must provide a matching dollar. Grant assistance is based on the number of people served by the water supply, and the number of wells a groundwater supply operates. Grant assistance for surface water systems is based on the source water susceptibility determination on their latest source water assessment. Applicants are ranked according to a points system, as outlined in the Grant Application.
Complete and review the application and supporting documentation before submitting to EGLE. Applications must be submitted by the due date of June 30th. No submission or revisions will be accepted after that date. To obtain additional information about Source Water Protection Grants, visit the Source Water Protection website.
Resources for submitting an application:
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.