Small Shipyard Grants – Due July 5

Under the Small Shipyard Grant Program, there is currently $9,800,000 available for grants for capital and related improvements to qualified shipyard facilities that will be effective in fostering efficiency, competitive operations, and quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration. It is anticipated that about 5-12 applications will be selected for funding with an average grant amount of about $1 million.

The shipyard facility for which a grant is sought must be in a single geographical location, located in or near a maritime community, and may not have more than 1,200 production employees. The applicant must be the operating company of the shipyard facility.  The shipyard facility must construct, repair, or reconfigure vessels 40 feet in length or greater for commercial or government use, or construct, repair, or reconfigure vessels 100 feet in length or greater for non-commercial vessels.

Eligible projects include: (1) capital and related improvement projects that will be effective in fostering efficiency, competitive operations, and quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration; and (2) training projects that will be effective in fostering employee skills and enhancing productivity.   For capital improvement projects, all items proposed for funding must be new and to be owned by the applicant.  For both capital improvement and training projects, all project costs, including the recipient’s share, must be incurred after the date of the grant agreement.

Match is 25%. For more information about this grant contact us. To learn more about GFA visit our website at

Small Shipyard Grants – Due July 5

NEA Our Town Grants, Deadline Sept. 11

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work – placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies.

This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create or preserve a distinct sense of place. Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas: • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects. These projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.

Through Our Town projects, the National Endowment for the Arts intends to achieve the following objective: Livability: American communities are strengthened through the arts.

Eligible Applicants:

City or township governments
Independent school districts
Special district governments
County governments
State governments
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

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NEA Our Town Grants, Deadline Sept. 11

MDNR Invasive Species Grants, Deadline June 13

Funding proposals for 2017 now are being accepted through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, with an anticipated $3.6 million available to applicants. The program – a joint effort of the Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development – is part of a statewide initiative launched in 2014 to help prevent and control invasive species in Michigan.

Proposals to advance methods of aquatic invasive plant control are being sought in 2017, as well as those undertaking surveillance for emerging or potential infestations of hemlock woolly adelgid, balsam woolly adelgid, thousand cankers disease and/or Asian longhorned beetle in Michigan.

Invasive species prevention activities are highlighted in this year’s program, including those that reduce the risk of spreading invasive species through movement of firewood, a primary pathway for tree diseases and pests. Proposals addressing the spread of invasive species through recreational activities including land and water trail use, boating, angling, hunting and camping, also are encouraged.

Local, state, federal and tribal units of government, nonprofit organizations and universities may apply for funding to support invasive species projects conducted in Michigan. For this 2017 funding cycle, pre-proposals will be accepted through June 13 and requested full proposals must be submitted by Sept. 18.

Grant requests for 2017 projects can range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $400,000. Applicants must commit to provide 10 percent of the total project cost in the form of a local match.Competitive applications will outline clear objectives, propose significant ecological benefits, demonstrate diverse collaboration and show strong community support.
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MDNR Invasive Species Grants, Deadline June 13

MCACA Arts & Culture Grants, Deadline June 1

Operational Support Grants

The focus of the Operational Support Category is to provide specific operational support to arts and cultural organizations only. Municipalities, schools and non-arts nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply in the Projects Support category.
Deadline to Apply: June 1, 2017

Project Support Grants

The focus of the Projects Support Category is to provide quality arts and cultural, as well as educational, projects to citizens across the state. This category funds specific arts projects conducted by non-profit organizations, municipalities and educational institutions and other organizations that utilize the talents and creativity of professional artists or arts educators in all arts disciplines to advance the creative, cultural and economic environment of the state.
Deadline to Apply: June 1, 2017

Capital Improvement Program

The Capital Improvement grant category provides funding assistance to Michigan nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and municipalities for the expansion, renovation or construction of cultural facilities; upgrade of equipment and furnishing to provide a competitive and up-to-date environment; equipment and instrument acquisitions that are integral to the implementation of events and services. The improvements resulting from these grants enable citizens of all ages and abilities to enjoy more cultural events while increasing their participation within their communities.
Deadline to Apply: June 1, 2017

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MCACA Arts & Culture Grants, Deadline June 1

MI Recycling Grants, Apps Due March 17

Through the 2017 Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program, the DEQ will provide grants to cities, villages, townships, charter townships, counties, tribal governments, municipal solid waste authorities, resource recovery authorities, non-profit organizations, public school districts, local health departments, and regional planning agencies located in Michigan to fund recycling infrastructure projects. Potential infrastructure projects include, but are not limited to: transition from bins to carts, public space recycling containers, creation or improvement of public drop-off recycling, improving existing infrastructure, food waste projects, and electronic waste projects. Household hazardous waste projects and one-day collection events are not eligible for this grant.

The Recycling Infrastructure and Education Grant Programs together have a total of up to $500,000.00 available for grants in fiscal year 2017. Approximately $250,000 will be available under the Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program. The total grant amount requested can be any amount below a maximum grant amount request of $50,000. Grantees are required to provide local matching funds at least equal to 25% of the total grant budget. Local match funding may be greater than 25% of the total grant budget.

Eligible items (This list is not exhaustive)
–Collection and/or processing equipment such as trucks, containers (ex: residential, food waste, electronic waste, public space, public drop-off sites), bins, balers, grinders, conveyors, etc.
–New or improved structure costs such as new buildings or building improvements, new site development or improvements such as a concrete slab or paving, excluding the purchase of real property.
Ineligible Items (This list is not exhaustive)
–Registrations, licenses or permits, fees, taxes, insurance, installation and training costs, office equipment (including computers), indirect or overhead expenses, grant administration, staff expenses, household hazardous waste projects, one-day collection events, etc.

Grantees must expend grant funding to complete purchases and submit all reimbursement requests by August 31, 2018. This is a condensed version of the grant information. GFA is here to assist you, contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at

MI Recycling Grants, Apps Due March 17

MDOT Local Bridge Program, Applications Due May 1

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is soliciting applications for candidate projects for the Local Bridge Program. To be eligible for bridge funds, the structure must meet the definition of a bridge, defined as a structure with a total clear span of more than 20 feet, measured along the centerline of the roadway over a stream, watercourse, or opening. For a span bridge, this means the clear opening span, measured face to face at the inside of the abutments, is greater than 20 feet. A multi-unit culvert is considered a bridge if the total length, as measured along the centerline of the roadway, is greater than 20 feet and the distance between the culvert units is less than half the diameter of the smallest unit.

All local agencies are encouraged to submit asset management plans for the applications being submitted. A summary of the local agency’s bridge network asset management plan may also be submitted for review.

Replacement projects involve replacing the entire substructure, superstructure, deck and
necessary approach work. If a multi-use path or sidewalk is planned but does not currently exist, the estimate needs to clearly indicate the costs of these items. If the project is selected for funding, a master plan showing the path or sidewalk must be provided in order for them to be considered participating in the Local Bridge Program.

Rehabilitation is defined as major work required to restore the structural integrity of a bridge, as well as work necessary to correct major safety defects. These projects are required to meet AASHTO guidelines. If a rehabilitation project is over water, a scour analysis will be required during the design phase and the existing foundations will need to be shown to be stable under a scour event. A structure that is not found to be stable during a scour event may not be allowed to proceed to contract. If making the structure stable results in a change in scope, it may be necessary to re-apply during a future call for applications.

Estimated repair costs for bridge rehabilitation projects will vary by the type of work. Include publicly owned utility relocation costs. Examples of rehabilitation work eligible for funding under the program include:
Full deck replacement (with or without painting of steel beams)
Superstructure replacement
Structure widening
Removal of existing bridge without replacement

Preventive Maintenance
Preventative Maintenance applications can be submitted for a single bridge. They may also be submitted for multiple bridges which require similar preventive maintenance work and may be combined into one application. This can include multiple agencies working together to submit one application. A multiple bridge application will count as one of the five applications any one agency is allowed to submit per year. The Region Bridge Councils will review a multiple structure application as one package and will not rate each structure independently. Preventive Maintenance activities are eligible under the Local Bridge Program.

Note: this is a condensed overview of this program. GFA is here to assist you with your grant and transportation-related questions, feel free to contact us. To learn more about GFA visit our website at

MDOT Local Bridge Program, Applications Due May 1

Greenspace Improvement, LOI due Jan. 27

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan invites eligible agencies and organizations to apply for up to $20,000 from this Greenspace Improvement Projects funding opportunity.

The Greenspace Improvement Projects Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks competitive proposals for the implementation of sustainable and equitable infrastructure, policy, and educational changes to public greenspaces, such as parks and trails, in order to create or enhance access to safe and enjoyable sites for physical activity in Northwest Michigan. By improving the aesthetics, accessibility, and safety of public greenspaces, the project aims to increase the percentage of individuals who meet federal physical activity guidelines, ultimately reducing poor health outcomes and health disparities in Michigan.

Letter of Intent Due – Friday, January 27th

Application Information Conference Call – Monday, January 30th from 1 – 2 PM
(RSVP by Friday, January 27th)

Submission Deadline – Friday, February 10th by 5 PM

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Eligible sites include parks, trails, and other public greenspaces with existing infrastructure, such as playground equipment, walking paths, etc. New public greenspaces that will be developed in 2017 with existing funds are also eligible to apply.

2. Eligible applicants include any department, agency, special purpose district, or other instrumentality of a local government. Other eligible applicants include public school districts, Indian Tribal organizations, or 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

3. Greenspace sites must be open and free for the public. Funds will not be awarded to sites that collect money for greenspace use.

4. Greenspace sites in the following counties are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity:

› Emmet
› Charlevoix
› Antrim
› Otsego
› Kalkaska
› Grand Traverse
› Benzie
› Leelanau
› Missaukee
› Wexford
› Manistee

These counties were selected based on rates of obesity, rates of physical activity, and existence of ongoing chronic disease interventions.

5. Applicants must be financially and managerially responsible for the proposed greenspace

6. Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to implement and sustain proposed site changes

7. Applicants must demonstrate the willingness and capacity to implement educational programming (e.g. a walking group) on their own OR in partnership with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and mParks Recreation & Park Association

8. Applicants are permitted to apply for funds to enhance ONE (1) public greenspace

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Greenspace Improvement, LOI due Jan. 27