Article Posted: January 30, 2000

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LANSING--The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for the Inland Fisheries
Cooperative Grant Program. Applications must be postmarked
no later than March 31, 2000, and mailed to the Fisheries
Management Unit Office where the proposed project is located
(call the contact person listed for a map and list).
The Inland Fisheries Cooperative Grant Program is a
grants-in-aid program administered by the DNR Fisheries
Division, with an annual appropriation of up to $200,000.
The purpose of the program is to encourage local units of
government and conservation oriented organizations to enter
into a partnership with the DNR to enhance Michigan's inland
fisheries and fishery resources. Eligible applicants include
individuals, non-profit organizations or units of government
(including school districts). Preference will be given to
non-profit organizations and governmental units.
The maximum grant award is $30,000 per project. Applicants
are strongly encouraged to seek assistance from Fisheries
Division staff in preparing their application.
Projects that are beneficial to the people of Michigan
and that meet one or more of the program objectives cited
below are eligible for funding:
1. To protect, maintain and/or enhance inland aquatic
environments that support (or are capable of supporting) a
significant public fishery.
2. To rehabilitate degraded inland fish communities or
waters that support (or are capable of supporting) a
significant public fishery.
3. To provide additional or more diverse fishing
opportunities on inland waters that support (or are capable
of supporting) a significant public fishery.
4. To foster educational and interpretive communications on
inland fish, fishing and
fisheries management to increase interest in the
protection, maintenance, enhancement or rehabilitation of
fish and other forms of aquatic life and their habitat.
Specific examples of projects eligible for funding include
fish habitat restoration, bank stabilization, upland erosion
control, fish community rehabilitation, access development
and improvement (fishing piers, platforms and boat ramps)
and fish culture.
For more details about project eligibility,
application forms and instructions for the 2000 grant
program, contact a fisheries biologist at the Management
Unit Office in your area.

Source: MDNR

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