MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – Here is an announcement from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:
The new Michigan Spark Grants program aims to improve and redevelop existing public outdoor recreation in communities that have 1) encountered barriers accessing this funding and 2) suffered the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program welcomes applications from 24 October. If you’re considering applying, here are some tips to get you started:
Three things to do now
There are always administrative details required of all grant applicants, those little things that help the granting authority move and track applications and funding through the process. Anyone applying for a Michigan Spark Grant will need to do these three things before submitting an application:
- Check your SIGMA number. Check with your organization’s CFO/staff member to verify your ID number. If you do not have a number, complete an electronic application on the State of Michigan SIGMA Vendor Self Service Location. For assistance, contact the Michigan State SIGMA VSS Support Center at [email protected] or call 517-284-0550.
- Obtain your federal UEI. Each applicant needs a Unique Entity Identifier, or UEI, from the Federal Awards Management System (SAM). This short video explains the process of obtaining an EIU. Learn more about SAM.gov.
- Register with the DNR grant system. Each applicant organization must be in the Migrants system. Once you have confirmed (with an authorized official from your organization) that your organization is registered in MiGrants, you can enter your SIGMA and UEI numbers into the system. Need help? Contact your Regional Grants Coordinator or email [email protected]
Save the Date: October 28 Webinar
There is a lot to know and a lot to do! Preparing a grant application, especially for anyone new to the process, can seem overwhelming. Well, put those concerns aside and mark your calendar for 10:30-11:30 a.m. EST on Friday, October 28, as we’re hosting a webinar to explain the process, answer your questions, and ease any application anxiety. .
Watch the web for the timeline, FAQs and other news
For more details on all these topics, follow the Michigan Spark Grants Webpage. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be adding a full program overview, details on scoring criteria, webinar details, key dates (including the December 19 application deadline), updated FAQs, and more. other information to keep you on track.
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