2022 Conservation Grants Program

The Chippewa Luce Mackinac Conservation District (CLMCD) is very excited to announce our new Conservation Grants Program. For the first time we are offering grants to the public for conservation related projects to be implemented in Chippewa, Luce, or Mackinac County. CLMCD is anticipating awarding up to $9,000 to 10 – 15 projects across Chippewa Luce and Mackinac Counties. Grants will range between $300 - $800 each, but CLMCD will consider awards up to $1,200 if funding is available. CLMCD seeks proposals for a variety of projects that have a direct impact to the improvement of our natural resources through hands on educational programs or projects that directly impact the environment.


Prior to completing your application form, please review the criteria for the grant program as well as the summary of the follow-up procedures and Final Project Report required of all recipients of a Conservation Grant. Please review this information carefully as it may prove valuable when designing your project and submitting your application. In particular, please note the deadlines and signatures required for the application. Improperly or incomplete applications will not be considered for funding. Each applicant may request up to $1,200 in support, but CLMCD plans to award grants between the $300 - $800 range.


The application deadline is February 4th, 2022 at 4:30 pm. Late applications will not be accepted. Only electronic submissions through e-mail will be accepted. All applicants will be notified if they are or are not recipients of an award no later than March 18th, 2022. Awardees will receive their funds at the start of the project period and must have all funds spent by November 30, 2022. If you have any further questions pertaining to the grant application process, please email CLMCD Executive Director, Mike McCarthy at clmcd@macd.org.

Eligible applicants include; Local School Districts, private landowners, Native American Tribes, libraries, townships, local municipalities, non-profit organizations, lake associations, school groups, College and University students, small businesses, and community groups.

Ineligible applicants include: State and Federal government agencies, public universities and colleges, groups/organizations who reside outside of the Chippewa, Luce, or Mackinac counties*, CLMCD employees and Board members.

*Unless the group is proposing a project on their own property located in Chippewa, Luce, or Mackinac County.


Project priorities are as follows:


  1. Hands on outdoor natural resources education or service project with Adults or High School aged youth – other youth ages will be considered

  2. Establishment of pollinator garden(s), rain garden(s), natural shoreline protection, or riparian buffer (forested or native plants/grasses)

  3. Agriculture education or community/school garden expansion – Must include education component

  4. Erosion Control (Shoreline hardening such as seawall projects are not eligible)

  5. Natural resources educational signage for public parks, trails, walkways.

  6. Other conservation related activities that benefit the Conservation District coverage area.

Good luck and thank you for your interest in the Conservation Grant Program!

Application Materials





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Mike McCarthy 

Executive Director