LANSING, MI - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced its next round of funding for the Aquatic Habitat Grant Program. There is approximately $1,250,000 available for this year\u2019s program, which is focused on funding projects that protect intact aquatic habitat and rehabilitate degraded habitat.\r\nFunded projects will emphasize the rehabilitation of degraded aquatic resources; development of self-sustaining aquatic communities that provide for continuing recreational opportunities and natural resource-based economies, and development of strong relationships, partnerships and new expertise with respect to aquatic habitat protection and recovery. Projects can address issues on streams, rivers, inland lakes or the Great Lakes.\r\nFunding is available through an open, competitive process to local, state, federal and tribal governments, nonprofit groups and individuals for single- and multiple-year projects. Minimum grant amounts will be set at $25,000 with the maximum amount being the amount of funds available for the grant cycle. Smaller projects within the same watershed addressing similar issues and system processes can, if necessary, be bundled into a single grant proposal package in order to reach minimum grant amount requirements.\r\nAll applicants must complete and submit a three-page pre-proposal form for review by the DNR\u2019s Fisheries Division. Pre-proposals must be postmarked no later than Aug. 28. Applicants will be notified by Sept. 30 of the outcome of their pre-proposal and, if successful, will be invited to submit a full application. Please note an invitation to submit a full application does not guarantee project funding.\r\nThis grant program is funded by revenues from fishing and hunting license fees. The detailed program handbook (including timeline and pre-proposal guidelines) is available at michigan.gov\/dnr-grants under the Fisheries section.