New Clean Boats, Clean Waters grants available for outreach activities

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Contact: Paige Filice, 517-676-7291, or Kevin Walters, 616-250-8637

New Clean Boats, Clean Waters grants available for outreach activities

Applications now available for 2021 projects

Clean Boats, Clean Waters, an outreach program focused on limiting and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in Michigan, is offering a new grant opportunity to organizations communicating prevention information to boaters.

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The program is now taking applications for grants of $1,000 to $3,000 for projects that produce and distribute aquatic invasive species outreach materials or removal supplies, host boater outreach events or install prevention signage.

This funding opportunity is noncompetitive, and complete and eligible applications will be funded in the order they are received if project funds are available.

A maximum of $20,000 total will be distributed in 2021. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 19, 2021, or until $20,000 has been allocated, whichever comes first.

Applicants will be informed of grant decisions by March 1, 2021. Grant activities must be completed by Dec. 31, 2021, to be eligible for reimbursement.

There is no match or cost-sharing requirement. Funds will be distributed via a one-time reimbursement of eligible expenses.

Partnering with other conservation organizations to conduct boater outreach on a regional scale is highly recommended. Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas and other organizations qualified for Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program funds are encouraged to pursue those funds instead of the CBCW grant to perform boater outreach activities.

More information about the Clean Boats, Clean Waters grant program, including the grant fact sheet, application form and instructions, is available at

CBCW is a joint effort between Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. Funding for CBCW and this grant opportunity is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.