Northern Michigan Waterway Education, Stewardship, Accessibility Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

Paddle Antrim is pleased to announce they are accepting applications for their 2023 Spring Ripple Effect Mini Grant Program. This competitive grant program funds projects that protect the waterways and connect people to them. Potential projects must focus on stewardship, education, or increasing accessibility to the lakes and rivers. 

Since 2015, Paddle Antrim has awarded over $30,400 to 21 projects that have made an impact on over 10 communities. To be considered for the grant program, projects must be focused on the Elk River Chain of Lakes watershed or adjacent watersheds which impact Antrim County. Eligible applicants include Michigan-based non-profit organizations or governmental entities. 

Past projects include installation of a rain garden in Ellsworth, design and installation of new interpretive panels for the Grass River Natural Area’s Nature Center, and funding towards the installation of the first universal access kayak launch on The Chain of Lakes Water Trail at Milton Township Waterfront Park. A list of completed projects funded by this Mini Grant Program can be found at

“The Ripple Effect Mini Grant has supported important projects at Grass River Natural Area that have improved our educational programs and land management, supported the safety of our staff and visitors, and assisted us in reaching a broader audience in showing people the importance of the Chain of Lakes watershed,” said James Dake, Education Director at Grass River Natural Area. The Grass River Natural Area has been a recipient of several of these grants over the years. 

The 2023 Spring Grant round will fund  a total of $1,000 – $3,000 to eligible projects. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Monday, May 1, 2023 to be considered. Final decisions are announced in June. More information can be found at


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