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Michigan Water Resources Protection and Financing

Nature Conservancy

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $500,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2021–December 31, 2023
  • Location Arlington, VA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Michigan

About this grant

The Nature Conservancy in Michigan is highly respected among government leaders, public agencies and nonprofit partners. The grantee’s mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends is at the heart of their interest in ensuring that clean water meets the needs of both people and nature. With previous support from the Mott Foundation, the grantee engaged a diverse group of stakeholders in a series of workshops that emphasized that water quality and water affordability is important for all Michiganders, and that a new path must be charted to ensure that water utilities can meet their true costs without burdening those who already struggle to pay water bills. The grantee has been researching policy options, engaging key stakeholders and advancing policy recommendations. With renewed support, the Nature Conservancy will advance policy solutions that increase funding for water infrastructure and utilities, ensures equitable assistance flows to lower-income households, improves management of rural septic systems and updates tools to better manage water withdrawals.