This summer the Lakes blog brought you news of improvements regarding DNR’s Clean Boats Clean Waters grant application process. Well, it’s time again to share more news on improvements to surface water planning and protection grants, and aquatic invasive species grants.
In September DNR posted a new online grant application form and updated grant guidance for all surface water grants. The biggest change is the creation of one electronic application form for lake, river and AIS grant projects. All project information for the grant application can now be included into the application form and submitted via email to email@example.com. Say farewell to snail mail and faxing grant applications!
Also new are application deadlines. Applications for river and lake planning grants, lake classification and ordinance development grants, and two AIS grants (Clean Boats Clean Waters and AIS Education, Prevention and Planning) are now due December 10. Applications for lake or river protection grants as well as for AIS established population control grants are now due February 1. The new deadlines ensure grant recipients will be notified of successful projects early enough to allow for project planning before the summer field season is in full swing. The new deadlines move paperwork to after the field season and free up more time for lake work by lake groups, contractors and lake/river biologists when ice is off the lakes.
There is also a new consolidated grant guidance document outlining what projects are eligible for lake, river, and AIS grants. Anyone interested in applying for one of the surface water grants should read through the guidance document and start working with their regional river or lake coordinator as soon as possible. Successful applicants give considerable thought to their projects before applying and it’s never too early to start identifying needs, goals, and project expectations.