Fund for Lake Michigan Grant

Fund for Lake Michigan

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $250,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Wisconsin: Adams County, Ashland County, Bayfield County, Brown County, Calumet County Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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We Make Grants for Lake Michigan

Our grants support organizations and communities committed to enhancing the Lake’s health though projects with both immediate and long-term benefits. The growing economic and environmental impact of this work is reflected not only in improved water quality but also in Wisconsin job creation, property value increases, and new economic activity.

Grant seekers are welcome to submit pre-proposals to the Fund for Lake Michigan at anytime throughout the year for projects that fit within our mission and grant making priorities. The mission of the Fund for Lake Michigan is to improve the health of Lake Michigan, its shoreline and river systems, for the benefit of the people and communities that depend on it for water, recreation and commerce.

Grant Making Priorities

The Fund for Lake Michigan gives priority to on-the-ground projects that have near-term, direct and quantifiable impacts on water quality in the Lake Michigan watershed. These projects include protecting critical natural habitats, reducing polluted runoff and generally making water resources more swimmable, fishable and drinkable. The Fund also supports water quality monitoring and planning that informs and leads to on-the-ground restoration and water-quality improvement projects. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, local units of government, government agencies, tribes, universities and other educational institutions are eligible for funding.
  • Geographically, Fund for Lake Michigan grants are targeted to the Lake Michigan shoreline, near shore areas and watersheds within the Lake Michigan basin in Wisconsin, with priority given to projects in Southeastern Wisconsin.
  • The Fund for Lake Michigan will also consider a small number of grants outside the Lake Michigan watershed and within the Madison Gas and Electric’s service territory.


  • Special consideration is given to projects that leverage significant public and private investments from other Lake Michigan and Great Lakes donors.  


  • The Fund typically does not support stand-alone advocacy efforts, general research projects, or education.
    • The Fund may consider applied research projects that provide information important in advancing on-the-ground conservation or restoration.
    • Similarly, education might be considered as a component of outreach plans embedded in larger projects