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Michigan Water Financing

Nature Conservancy

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $250,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021
  • Location Arlington, VA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Michigan

About this grant

The Nature Conservancy in Michigan is highly respected as a credible voice for solving complex problems by bridging environment, science and economic priorities; and building necessary partnerships with Michigan policy leaders to achieve policy reform. With previous support from the Mott Foundation, the grantee engaged a diverse group of stakeholders in a series of workshops to develop a suite of recommendations to address the challenge of financing Michigan water utilities in the 21st century. This process underscored that the problems faced by water systems are inseparable from larger issues of equity for low-income communities and communities of color that have faced decades of systematic discrimination. With renewed support, the Nature Conservancy will work with partners to forge a research and communications strategy to identify financial structures to address these challenges and the dialogue to build support to make it successful in Michigan.