The grants went to counties including Midland, Wexford, Charlevoix, and Roscommon.
The state police is getting two million dollars from the feds. Some of that money will go toward paying overtime for testing rape kits. Some of it will help fight a growing methamphetamine problem. And some of it will go toward a new patrol boat for the Port of Sault Ste. Marie.
Nancy Bennett is with the state police.
“This allows us to do things that might be outside of our budget. And it really – they use them as incentives for getting projects started. If you have grant funding and things work really well then the agency is much more likely to incorporate that into their regular operating business.”
One of the grants will be used to fight methamphetamine production and use in the state.
Matt Opsommer is with the Michigan State Police. He said the grant is especially important in southwest Michigan.
“While heroin is, and rightly so, getting a lot of attention nationally as well as here in Michigan – heroin and opioids. We’re also seeing a comeback of sorts of methamphetamine.”
Nearly a million dollars was awarded to a number of conservation and nonprofit organizations across the state to improve wildlife habits.
Bill DiSessa is the spokesperson for the Michigan department of Education.
He said the grants will help young children get extra attention to prepare them for school.
“ We’re talking about young children before they get into the K-12 system. To get them an early head start if you will on learning. And with research showing the positive result that can come at that- at such an early start. “
DiSessa said grants have been awarded in districts including Saginaw and Ingham county.
The funding is expected to help 600 families prepare kids for school.
The Office of the Great Lakes awarded just over $927,000 to 15 organizations for coastal projects.
The Cherry Capital Airport in Grand Traverse County received one-and-a-half-million. MBS International Airport in Saginaw County received half a million.
The money comes from the Federal Aviation Administration. Continue reading
More than $450,000 worth of grants have been distributed to organizations in Grand Traverse County.
$50,000 of the grant money from the Rotary Charities of Traverse City has been earmarked for upkeep at a community pool. Continue reading
Bay County received a $350,000 grant to battle the invasive species Phragmites in the Saginaw Bay.
The grant will be used for a 2-year project to control and remove the invasives, and educate the community on the species. Continue reading
Central Michigan University received the largest single amount at $100,000.
The improvements will allow three companies to expand, creating 135 new full time jobs. Continue reading
Alpena County Regional Airport is currently applying for grants with MDOT and the FAA, that would pay design and construction costs. Continue reading
In the eyes of a traditional high school senior, the new year means it’s time to apply to their favorite schools… but what they may not know is it’s also time to apply for financial aid to keep them there.
The MEDC has distributed more than one million dollars in grants to five Michigan communities through leftover funds and other grants that failed to materialize in recent years. Continue reading
Park visitors in Charlevoix, Clare and Roscommon Counties may be seeing some changes to playgrounds next year.
Schools may have a tough time finding funding for supplies and programs, but two schools in northern Michigan are receiving some helpful grants – thanks to local youth.
Students at Wolverine Community Schools and Mackinaw City Public Schools can look forward to ipads, books and assemblies thanks to the actions of other students.
Members in the Youth Advisory Council, or YAC, chose how they wanted to help other youth in their communities. Continue reading
Cold weather this past winter was strong enough to damage water and sewer mains for some areas of northern Michigan.
Officials said $6 million in grants are available to help eligible communities through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Continue reading