Clean Boats, Clean Waters Grants

Clean Boats, Clean Waters grants supply up to $3,000 to organizations communicating aquatic invasive species prevention information through printed outreach materials and in-person educational events to boaters. This is a competitive grant opportunity and applications are reviewed and ranked based on program eligibility, project significance, and overall strategy. Eligible applicants include lake associations, watershed groups, local or tribal units of government and non-profits.

The 2022 grant application period is now closed. We anticipate having grant funds in 2023 . 

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CBCW is a joint effort between Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). Funding for CBCW and this grant opportunity is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and EGLE.


Grant Projects

In 2021 the program funded seven outreach projects across Michigan to educate boaters about aquatic invasive species prevention. The awardees included lake associations, watershed groups, local units of government, and other nonprofit organizations. Learn more about our 2021 grant award winners here.

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Black Lake Preservation Society member Linda Sandvik alongside two Michigan Department of Natural Resource Conservation Officers.
  • The Michigan United Conservation Clubs shared prevention information via their Michigan Out-of-Doors magazine and membership newsletters. They also incorporated Clean Boats, Clean Waters prevention messaging into their “On the Water” volunteer watershed habitat improvement project workdays.
  • The Missaukee Conservation District partnered with the North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and the Missaukee Lake Association to host outreach events on regional lakes. They also distributed educational materials to local businesses and popular tourist destinations.
  • The Charter Township of Oxford installed a user-operated, waterless cleaning station that is equipped with a weed removal tool, plug wrench, boot brush, and interpretive signage at the Stony Lake Township Park in Oakland County. They promoted the cleaning station and invasive species prevention activities via media outlets and at three outreach events hosted at township parks.
  • The Black Lake Preservation Society installed Clean Boats, Clean Waters boat and trailer decontamination stations with hand removal tools at three public boat access sites on Black Lake in Presque Isle County. They hosted events at each access site to demonstrate how to use the equipment.

In 2022 we awarded $26,000 to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. A story about our 2022 grant award winners can be found here.

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Kelsey Bockelman

Kelsey Bockelman

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Educator
bockelm4@msu.edu