Resources

  • Is this the future for local road funding?

    By Jim Hegarty, PE I drive nearly 30,000 miles every year for my job, so I’ve gotten to see a lot of Michigan. Whenever I stop for gas or an iced tea, I like to scan the newspaper headlines to see what’s going on locally. Last week, I happened upon the Williamston Enterprise with the […]

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  • Money available for Muskegon River Watershed projects

    What: Ice Mountain Environmental Stewardship Fund How much: Up to $50,000 annually, but typical grants are in the $5,000 to $20,000 range. For Whom: Any agency with a project supporting conservation, enhancement, and restoration of the Muskegon River Watershed waters and natural resources. From Whom: Great Spring Waters of America, Inc. When and How: July […]

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  • Pavement Management shows promise as pothole fix

    by Connie Houk, PE Car repair shops love potholes! The rest of us, not so much. So, how do we prevent them? The answer is simple. If there is no water trapped under the road bed to freeze, there are no potholes. The solution, however, is a complex mixture of design, materials, maintenance and management […]

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  • Winning Non-motorized Trail Grants: How to Up the Odds

    By Scott Post, PE In my last post, I talked about where to find money for a non-motorized trail project. Here are nine ways you can help your project compete for grants: Have a written Recreation Plan, and designate non-motorized trails as your #1 priority. Commit as high a matching fund percentage as possible. Put […]

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  • Seven ideas for funding non-motorized trails

    By Scott Post, PE Whenever I meet with a new non-motorized trails group or client, one of the first questions I am asked is, “Where can we get grants to pay for our trail?” If your group or community is planning a non-motorized trail, check out my seven favorite trail funding sources: Michigan’s Natural Resources […]

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  • Muskegon’s Marquette Street: 13 years old and pothole-free!

    By James Hegarty, PE and Chris Cruickshank, PE In 2001, Prein&Newhof designed a new 60-inch-diameter sewer line for Muskegon County under Marquette Street in the City of Muskegon. The contractor ripped up the entire four-lane street for almost two miles to install the pipe, which in some places was 15 feet deep. About a mile […]

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  • TIGER Grants Application due April 21

    What Similar to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Act (TIGER) funds transportation-related stormwater projects. Click here to see a map of already-funded projects. How much $600 Million will be available nationwide for fiscal year 2014. US DOT awarded one Tiger Grant in Michigan in 2013. […]

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  • 2014 SAW Grants Awarded March 12

    The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced the SAW Grant Awards on Wednesday, March 12, awarding $97M for 2014. We expect that the SAW grant program ($450M) will take another three or four years before exhausting its entire allotment. Stats: 673 Communities applied for SAW grants. MDEQ drew a total of 574 fund-able submittals that […]

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  • How to find money for your project: PART 5 – Is there hope for me?

    This is the last of a five-part blog series by Jim Hegarty, P.E., Prein&Newhof’s Grants and Financing Specialist. Face it. Finding grants and funding is hard work. Plus, it is getting harder. It requires equal measures of creativity, persistence, networking and passion. However, there is hope! When I was growing up, Senator William Proxmire of […]

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  • Harrison scores $598,000 downtown grant

    The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) presented the City of Harrison with a Downtown Infrastructure Grant (DIG) of $598,000 for a four-block downtown streetscape. Prein&Newhof will design the streetscape to beautify downtown Harrison and calm traffic. P&N plans to design the project this spring and summer so construction can start after Labor Day. MEDC anticipates […]

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