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How to find money for your project: PART 4 – Improve your chances for success!

This is the fourth post of a five-part blog series by Jim Hegarty, P.E., Prein&Newhof’s Grants and Financing Specialist. I am convinced that preparation begets luck. I have found when my clients focus on these four things it greatly enhances their chances for funding success: Shovel-readiness: The better defined your project is by the time […]

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What will happen when all this snow melts?

By Jim Hegarty, P.E. I just returned from a warm vacation, and whenever I’m away, I always wonder what’s going on at home. This time, I wondered how much more snow could pile up in my driveway. Answer: six inches! As I look out my office window right now, it’s still snowing. I’m already dreaming […]

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New Video! Ride the Grand River Valley Rail Trail!

Prein&Newhof’s Scott Post, PE was the Project Manager and lead designer of the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Trail between Ionia and Saranac, which will eventually connect to the larger Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail. Check out this 240-mile-per-hour video tour of the trail that includes several converted railroad trestles, one of which crosses the Grand River. If you’d […]

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Rural Development Grants and Loans Available

We ran into our friends from the USDA’s Rural Development office at last week’s Michigan Townships Association conference, and they shared with us the latest details on their programs. RD has grants and loans available for sewer and water systems, or community facilities including buildings and public safety or emergency vehicles. For more information, click […]

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How to find money for your project: PART 3 – Make Your Pitch!

This is the third post of a five-part blog series by Jim Hegarty, P.E., Prein&Newhof’s Grants and Financing Specialist. Once you have identified your project and found a prospective funding source, it is time to make your pitch! Usually, this means writing a grant or funding proposal. Every organization has its own proposal format and […]

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Two new DNR grant programs to improve aquatic & wildlife habitat

Aquatic Habitat Grant Program What: The Aquatic Habitat Grant Program would fund projects that protect intact and rehabilitate degraded aquatic habitat.  This new grant program will be funded by new revenues from the increased fishing and hunting license fees. For whom: Single- and multiple-year projects by local, state, federal and tribal governments, nonprofit groups and […]

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How to find money for your project: PART 2 – Network!

This is the second post of a five-part blog series by Jim Hegarty, P.E., Prein&Newhof’s Grants and Financing Specialist. Pick any project on your wish list—where will you find enough money to make it happen? Look to your network. No, I do not mean ask them for money! They are, however, a key link between […]

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How to find money for your project: PART 1 – Dream Big!

This is the first post of a five-part blog series by Jim Hegarty, P.E., Prein&Newhof’s Grants and Financing Specialist. When I was a young engineer, one of my mentors told me this: “There’s no such thing as a money problem, only idea problems.” In other words…“Good ideas attract money.” I like to ask my public-sector […]

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Funding Restored to Two Great Lakes Programs

Congress released its 2014 spending bill last week, providing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative with $300 million and the Clean Water State revolving fund with $1.44 billion, up from $285 million and $1.37 billion in 2013. “The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative supports efforts to clean up toxic pollution, restore fish and wildlife habitat, fight invasive […]

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Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) Grant Program VERY Popular!

The numbers are in: 673 SAW applicants requested $541,000,000 on December 2, 2013. $97,000,000 is available in 2014, while the SAW Program has an additional $350,000,000 to distribute over the next several years. MDEQ’s lottery will determine which applications will be successful. Roughly 5 out of 6 applications will be funded…eventually. MDEQ has 60 days […]

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Upcoming RFP and Webinar from Sustain Our Great Lakes

What: Grant funding available and awarded in two categories: Habitat Restoration Delisting of Habitat-Related Beneficial Use Impairments. For whom: Non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and state, tribal and local governments. From whom: Sustain Our Great Lakes How Much: Last year, awards ranged in size from $25,000 to $1.5 million. When: January 6: Request for Proposal Available […]

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Merry Christmas from P&N!

We at Prein&Newhof wish you glad tidings In the spirit of the season, we want you to know how much we appreciate you and your hard work. You make a marked difference in Michigan communities. Here’s to another year of investing wisely, developing relationships, building expertise, taking responsibility, and building our community. How does GIS […]

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Michigan Areas of Concern Land Acquisition Grants

What: The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Michigan Areas of Concern Land Acquisition Grants program will be released January 6. For whom: State, county, township, city, or village governments within watersheds that are associated with or within the State of Michigan’s Areas of Concern. From whom: The NOAA Department of Commerce provides this money […]

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MNRTF Grants Shrinking

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) has a bank account that totals about $500 million. It plans to operate like a foundation does from now on. To protect their fund’s corpus, MNRTF plans to use only the earnings on the $500 million to fund future development and acquisition projects. This means annual distributions of […]

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SAW Grant Applications Delivered

We made it! With a sigh of relief, P&N delivered a box full of SAW Grant Applications today in Lansing.  A special thanks to the clients that entrusted this critical application process to us. We wish everyone the best!

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P&N mourns sudden death of Mark Lee, long-time colleague and friend

We are saddened by the sudden death on Monday afternoon of Mark Lee, who worked for Prein&Newhof for 27 years. Mark Lee, P.E.,  combined the skills of an artist, a diplomat, a humanitarian, a diver and an engineer. I saw and enjoyed all of these in action as we collaborated on very interesting and challenging […]

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