The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians recently received over a quarter million dollars from the federal government to bolster their education programs. Continue reading
The state plans on purchasing a 1,400 foot stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline adjacent to Petoskey State Park, thanks to a recently awarded federal grant. Continue reading
Central Michigan University has received a five-million dollar grant to help expand STEM programs.
The donation from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation will help create more science, technology, engineering and math programs, also known as STEM, for children ages 10 to 15. Continue reading
The state granted more than a quarter-million dollars for improving coastal trails and nearby towns across the state.
Grand Traverse County received the single largest grant, just under $100,000.
The rest of the money was parceled out to the Clinton River Watershed Council, and three other environmental groups farther south.
The Saginaw Bay Conservation and Development Center was awarded a $30,000 grant to work on the Cass River. Work will focus on things like streambank stabilization, fish habitat restoration and sediment reduction.
The money is used to help high risk students with being successful at college.
The state is asking colleges and universities to submit proposals to help prevent campus sexual assaults. It will award $500,000 in grants to help fund programs that are approved.
First Lady Sue Snyder is leading the effort. She detailed the grant process during a press call on Wednesday. Continue reading
Construction will begin soon on a new year-round farmers market in the City of Harrison.
The Clare County community was awarded nearly three-quarters of a million dollars to build a permanent farmers market. Right now, the market utilizes tents set up in a downtown parking lot. Continue reading
A grant for Saginaw’s Fire Department has been extended through September. The move is saving fifteen jobs.
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, grant was scheduled to end June 30th, but was given a temporary extension.
The Saginaw police are planning to use the summer months to reconnect with city youth and continue work on lowering the city’s crime rates.
To that end, police are beginning to tap into a 174 thousand dollar grant through Project Safe Neighborhood.
“What we plan on to use the grant for is to basically re-engage with youth, within the school system. To put school resource officers back into the schools on a part time basis, here in the city of Saginaw,” said Robert Ruth, the Chief of Police in Saginaw. Working with children; trying to re-engage with them.”
Ruth says the department also plans to use the money to increase enforcement in the streets by targeting gun and gang violence.
The funding comes from a $500 thousand grant aimed at reducing gun and gang violence in the city, given by the US Department of Justice Safe Neighborhoods project.
Old sewage systems have contaminated surface and groundwater in Arenac County for years, according to officials with the Michigan USDA.
This month the USDA announced more than $3 million in grants will be going to two towns in Arenac and Wexford counties to fix these systems. Continue reading
The Michigan DNR has awarded one-and-a-quarter million dollars to 7 projects through its Aquatic Habitat Grant Program.
Friends of the Shiawassee received the single largest donation, $365-thousand, for their dam removal project.
Gary Burk is the Board Director for the Friends, he says the project is important for a number of reasons.
“We were actually approached by the State as to whether we could be a local agency to help direct grant dollars and project management for the removal of that dam. There’s a number of reasons for the removal. It’s a deteriorated structure, and we’d like to restore connectivity to the river. Plus, there have been some drownings at the dam.”
For a full list of the projects that were awarded grant money from the DNR visit their website here.
Michigan’s Junior U.S. Senator is leading a new push at the federal level to fight back against human trafficking.
State officials said Michigan went a little dam crazy in the early-to- mid 1800s. The DNR said most of these dams were used for grain mills.
Officials said the state has some 2,500 dams, and many are not needed anymore. In some cases the old dams are unsafe.
CMU has been awarded nearly $400,000 to expand its work on controlling invasive species in Michigan, which was the second highest grant amount received among 19 other organizations.
According to the DNR, the grant aims to evaluate and expand management tools for invasive species in the Great Lakes.
Saginaw County has received a grant for $354,000 from the Michigan State Housing Authority. The community development grant will go towards home repairs in the area. Continue reading
The U.S. Housing and Urban Development has awarded $500,000 in grant money to improve housing in Flint.
The Choice Neighborhoods Planning grant money targets housing in the South Saginaw area of Flint.
The USDA is set to provide 1.2 billion dollars over five years to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program in order to improve water quality and wildlife habitats in the Great Lakes basin.
One-point-two million dollars in grant money is being awarded to organizations to implement new parenting programs. Experts say violence against children can be caused by parenting issues.
Habitat for Humanity Michigan was recently awarded a grant of 1.1 million dollars to help Michigan families find homes. Continue reading
Central Michigan University is one of the 25 schools in the nation to receive a grant for a project for nontraditional transfer students.
Officials said the pilot program would allow certain transfer students, to transfer credits from a wider array of institutions potentially including credits from free or low-cost institutions.
CMU is the only recipient in Michigan to be awarded a grant for the ACE Alternative Credit Project.
The American Council on Education Alternative Credit Project awarded a total of $1.86 million to schools. CMU Global Campus officials said they received a $10,000 grant.
Many of the accepted transfer schools are low or no cost institutions. Continue reading
Central Michigan healthcare providers say Isabella County is home to more uninsured and underinsured people than anywhere else in the state.
Officials with CMU’s College of Medicine are reacting to an influx of grant money that was awarded to their program, this week.
Wildlife enthusiasts, landowners and hunters may see more wildlife in the coming year thanks to habitat funding.
DNR officials announced this month that one million dollars in grant money has been awarded to Michigan individuals and organizations.
The USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will provide nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state. Continue reading