Funding

The West Michigan Conservation Network (WMCN) receives funding to support its mission from a number of different grants including a Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program through the Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development as well as funding from the United States Forest Service.

Additionally, revenue earned from WMCN workshops and events provides funds for WMCN educational materials and other special projects. There is not a membership fee to join the WMCN.
Following are the grants, present and past, that provide financial resources for our educational and invasives management work.


Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) HWA Grant 

Award Date: January 2020
Grant Amount: $200,000
Funder: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) 

Grant Title: Fighting HWA on Private Land in Michigan

Description: Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is currently isolated to the Lake Michigan coastline of four West Michigan counties and efforts are underway to both prevent the further spread as well as treating infested areas. The Ottawa Conservation District, in cooperation with various partners and state agencies, is currently conducting both surveys and treatments to map and treat HWA on private lands. If awarded, this project will ensure 10,000 trees along the coast of Lake Michigan in Oceana County will receive treatments for the forest pest as well as helping to protect the millions of Eastern hemlock trees to the north in the norther lower peninsula and the upper peninsula of Michigan.

Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) Grant

Award Date: October 2019
Grant Amount: $25,000
Funder: United States Forest Service  

Grant Title: GNA Funds to Address Invasive Species

Description: Funds from the Good Neighbor Authority will be available to the West Michigan CISMA to aid in the management of invasive species in West Michigan. These funds will be under in conjunction with additional funds from the CISMA to ensure invasive species are managed in the most efficient and effective way possible. 

Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP)-19

Award Date: February 2020
Grant Amount: $60,000
Funder: Michigan Invasives Species Grant Program

Grant Title: Core Funding for the West Michigan CISMA

Description: The West Michigan CISMA is excited for the opportunity to continue the invasive species management that is taking place within the region. This project will allow for the West Michigan CISMA Coordinator to be successful and continue to move the CISMA forward.

Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP)-18

Award Date: August 2019
Grant Amount: $60,000
Funder: Michigan Invasives Species Grant Program

Grant Title: Survey and Removal of High-Risk European Frog-bit in West Michigan

Description: Recent discoveries of European frog-bit (EFB) in several Western Michigan waterbodies have prompted the need for response to this emerging issue. This project will identify and address high priority locations within Pentwater lake and Grand River watersheds.

Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP)-18

Award Date: February 2019
Grant Amount: $60,000
Funder: Michigan Invasives Species Grant Program

Grant Title: Base Funding to Keep WMCISMA Moving Forward

Description: The West Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (WMCISMA) is thrilled with the vast amount of growth and success it has achieved over the previous years. This project will ensure the WMCISMA with continue to prosper in the future by acquiring stable funding for a Coordinator.

Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP)-18

Award Date: February 2019
Grant Amount: $199,900
Funder: Michigan Invasives Species Grant Program

Grant Title: Managing High-Threat Invasive Plant Species in West Michigan

Description: The West Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (WMCISMA) is thrilled with the vast amount of growth and success it has achieved over the previous years. This project will ensure the WMCISMA with continue to move invasive species management forward in the region through detection and response of priority invaders.

United States Forest Service (USFS) Management Grant

Award Date: March 2018
Grant Amount: $45,853
Funder: United States Forest Service 

Grant Title: Addressing Invasive Species on the Manistee National Forest 

Description: Funds under this project are used to survey and treat invasive species on the Manistee National Forest. Staff from the WMCISMA are working closely with USFS staff to address high threat invasives in an effort to protest the high-quality resources on and around the national forest. 

City of Grand Haven HWA Management

Award Date: Mat 2019
Grant Amount: $37,700
Funder: Grand Haven

Grant Title: HWA Management in Grand Haven

Description: The funds from this project will be used to survey and treat hemlock woolly adelgid on three City of Grand Haven properties. These three properties are Duncan Woods, The Grand Haven Cemetery, and Mulligans Hollow which total 198 acres in total. The survey and treatment of these areas will go a long way in address this forest pest within the city of Grand Haven. 

Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP)-17

Award Date: March 2018
Grant Amount: $200,000
Funder: Michigan Invasives Species Grant Program

Grant Title: Survey and Mapping the Distribution of HWA within Infested Counties 

Description: This project is going to survey and map HWA in West Michigan. By having a better understanding of the current extent, we can better make management decisions moving forward.

Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP)-17

Award Date: March 2018
Grant Amount: $299,400
Funder: Michigan Invasives Species Grant Program

Grant Title: Treating Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in West Michigan 

Description: This grant is going to focus on treatment of HWA in West Michigan. Treatments will be prioritized North to South with the goal of containment.

Ottawa County HWA Funds

Award Date:
Grant Amount: $15,000
Funder: Ottawa County
Grant Title: Start-Up Money for HWA Management in West Michigan

Description: 

Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP)-14: Closed Out

Award Date: May 2015
Grant Amount: $393,900
Funder: State of Michigan/Michigan Invasives Species Grant Program

Grant Title: Powering Up the West Michigan CISMA for NNIS Management

Description: The goal of this grant was to build capacity with a full-time coordinator as well as funding for strike teams to conduct surveys and treatments in West Michigan. This grant was the first large grant awarded to the CISMA and helped to fund strike teams in four counties for two years. In addition to surveys and treatments, outreach and education was a critical part of this grant.

Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP) -16: Closed Out

Award Date: February 2017
Grant Amount: $333,963
Funder: Michigan Invasives Species Grant Program

Grant Title: Addressing Vectors and EDR Infestations in West Michigan

Description: The grant was a follow up to the 2014 MISGP grant with a goal of continuing to grow on the progress and success for that grant. This grant continued to fund a full-time coordinator and strike teams through-out the CISMA but with a focus on addressing pathways of spread.

Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) Forest Service Grants: Closed Out
Award Date: Various Grants
Grant Amount: $87,891
Funder: U.S. Forest Service (Federal)
Grant Title: Protecting and Restoring West Michigan Community Watersheds
Description: Over the years, the West Michigan CISMA has been awarded a total of four grants through this grant program. These grants have mostly been for building capacity as an organization to be better equipped to address invasive species in the region. The most recent of these grants was awarded in 2016 with a focus on addressing key invasive plants on both U.S. Forest Service properties and properties surrounding to prevent spread on these high-quality properties in Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties.

Sustain Our Great Lakes (SOGL)-The Nature Conservancy Subaward*: Closed Out

Award Date: June 2015
Grant Amount: $90,000
Funder: Sustain our Great Lakes
Grant Title: Early Detection/Rapid Response of Invasive Plant Species Along Eastern Lake Michigan
Description: The SOGL grant is a sub award from The Nature Conservancy (TNC). TNC was awarded a grant to address invasive species that are a high threat to Lake Michigan sand dunes along the whole coast of Western Lake Michigan. The West Michigan CISMA is responsible for surveying and treating at 16 parks across five counties. The parks are a mixture of State of Michigan, County, and City owned parks.

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid – Subaward of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Grant: Closed Out
Award Date: September 2017
Grant Amount: $600,000
Funder: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (Federal)
Grant Title: Early Detection and Response Treatments of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid
Description: The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) was awarded a GRLI grant to address hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) in West Michigan. For this project, the West Michigan CISMA will be carrying out surveys across the four counties that have positive identifications of HWA to determine the extent of the infestations. In addition to surveying, these staff will collect permissions for a contractor to follow up with treatments for these hemlock trees.