Aquatic Invasive Species Control Projects - 2015 Grant Program

For the control of curly-leaf pondweed, Eurasian watermilfoil, and flowering rush

This grant program is not open for application at this time. It will open again for applications in mid- January, 2016

Program Purpose

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Invasive Species Program offers Aquatic Invasive Species Control Grants. These grants are intended to help fund the control of curly-leaf pondweed (CLP), Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) or flowering rush (FR). This offer is an opportunity for local entities, such as lake associations, watershed districts, cities, and counties to receive state funding and/or partner with the DNR on the control of these invasive aquatic plant species. These grant funds can be used for projects that control Eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed or flowering rush using herbicides, mechanical control, or a combination of both. They are intended to support projects that have received an Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Permit (IAPMP). Grantees must pay project expenses up front and make all arrangements.

Anticipated 2016 Grant Offer

We anticipate there will only be $200,000 in grants available for the control of Eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed, and/or flowering rush in 2016 (compared to $675,000 in 2015).

Because of this overall reduction in the amount of funds; the amount of funds available to any one project is lower than in it was in 2015. The grant offer will still be based on the estimated permit acreage, which will be determined by DNR Invasive Species staff after a review of grant application materials.

Grants will provide $50 per estimated acre for the first ten project acres. For projects greater than ten acres, the grant will provide $500 for the first ten acres and $100 per acre for the remaining estimated project acres. No grant will be more than $4,999 regardless of the number of estimated acres.
The DNR will reimburse grantees for eligible costs associated with control projects up to the grant amount.

Grant application materials will be posted on this website when the grant program officially opens in mid- January.


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