Ripple Effect Mini-Grant Program

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Paddle Antrim is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation founded in 2014. Our Board of Directors is comprised of local chambers of commerce and local businesses leaders dedicated to vibrant communities and celebrated waterways. Our mission is to protect our water resources by using paddle sports to connect people to our waterways. Through stewardship, education, improved water trail access, and promotion of our waterways we will increase water resources protection and enhance the economic vitality of the region. We value stewardship of our waterways and protect them through on the ground projects and education. We value access to the waterways and work to promote and improve access sites for universal access to all.  We value celebrating our waterways and enjoy our water resources through all types of paddling sports. We value a strong local economy in Northern Michigan and support our local businesses and communities. We value partnerships and act as a conduit to help provide important information about our resources to our communities and visitors. We value our board members, staff, volunteers, and friends in our communities and work to build stronger relationships to do great things.

Paddle Antrim’s Ripple Effect mini-grant program uses a portion of our income earned through classes and events to support other community groups whose values, goals, and desired impacts align with ours. The total amount of the grants we award will vary from year to year. We have up to $6,000 available to award in grants in 2020. Our Board will use its discretion to make modest and meaningful gifts generally between $200 – $3,000. Each application will be evaluated on its merit and prudent use of funds.

Eligible applicants for Ripple Effect grants include:

  • Units of government within the Chain of Lakes Watershed area and adjacent watersheds which impact Antrim County
  • Michigan-based non-profit groups who serve the Chain of Lakes Watershed and adjacent watersheds which impact Antrim County

Examples of projects we might consider funding include:

  • Stream bank or road-stream crossing restoration work
  • Aquatic invasive species management efforts
  • Land acquisition costs and/or construction projects that improve launch sites or launch site amenities for paddlers, such as restroom facilities, kayak storage racks, changing areas, picnic areas, drinking water access, directional signage that help to link launch areas to main streets and community services, etc.
  • Educational workshops, programs, or communication and outreach initiatives that reach target audiences whose individual and collective choices and decisions will impact water quality in the Chain of Lakes

Ineligible activities:

  • Support for a political candidate or party
  • Advocacy work
  • Work that has already been completed

Application and Award Process

The Ripple Effect Mini-Grant Program is a valuable way we can help support critical projects that align with our mission. Due to the current conditions, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily pause this program. We look forward to offering this program again in the future.


The Paddle Antrim Board of Directors will review Ripple Effect grant applications. A notification letter will be sent to all successful applicants within 60 days of the grant application deadline. Any requested changes in the project after funding is awarded must be addressed and approved by the Paddle Antrim Executive Director.

Payment Process

All grantees that receive an award must complete a form provided by Paddle Antrim entitled “Financial & Final Report”. Awardees must also submit a resolution of support from their governing body with their “Request for Funds Form.” Noncompliance with the terms of payment process and grant will render grantee ineligible to receive funds and ineligible for future Paddle Antrim Ripple Effect grants. All requests for funds must be submitted no later than one month after the project has been completed. Grant funds must be used within twelve months after the grant is awarded. Any publicity for grant events or projects should include mention of Paddle Antrim per the communication conditions provided in the grant award letter.