The Rifle River Watershed is rich in natural resources that knit together a unique, desirable landscape. Lifelong and year round residents share with thousands of annual visitors a deep connection to the high quality waters of the Rifle River, the iconic centennial farms that dot the uplands and the diverse cultural and recreational experiences that define local communities. Despite high involvement and stakeholder buy-in, one challenge continues to be identified: How can communities of the Rifle River Watershed fully realize the economic potential of the area’s quality of life in a way that balances sound environmental stewardship with economic growth for community?
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Rifle River Prosperity Network Mini-Grants Program
Note: The application deadline for this mini-grants opportunity has passed. Recipients will be announced soon.
The Rifle River Prosperity Network, formed in 2015, is made up of natural resource conservation professionals and economic development leaders from the communities of Ogemaw and Arenac counties. These stakeholders are committed to connecting economy and environment for community success in the Rifle River region and their work is guided by the core values of community engagement, inclusiveness, authenticity, trust and sustainability.
With financial support from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN), the Rifle River Prosperity Network is able to provide a mini-grants program to groups in the Rifle River Watershed. A total of $15,000 dollars is available through this opportunity for projects that support the Rifle River Prosperity Network’s guiding principles of:
- Preserving and protecting the forests, waters and wildlife of the Rifle River Watershed
- Encouraging community engagement in conservation stewardship and building vibrant communities
- Supporting economic development opportunities showcasing the Rifle River Watershed’s rich outdoor experiences
By supporting these guiding principles through their proposed projects, applicants will be helping the Rifle River Prosperity Network develop and promote the Rifle River region’s natural features as community assets to be enjoyed, protected and shared with others. Applications will be accepted in four (4) priority areas of work:
- Business Development
- List of Rifle River Prosperity Network Design Team Members – Made up of local community and watershed leaders from the conservation and economic development sectors, the Design Team guides the development of the Rifle River Prosperity Network program and communicates progress to motivate engagement from a broad stakeholder base.
- Concept Paper – A document providing background on the development of the overall RPN program and its potential impact in the region.
- Rifle River Prosperity Network Design Team Partnership Agreement – An overview of the goals, mission, vision and values of the Design Team.
- Rifle River Watershed Management Plan Summary – Includes information about the Rifle River Watershed’s natural resources, threats and community solutions for watershed health.
- Tourism, Natural Resources and Placemaking, The Cass River Greenway, Grant Writing 101 – Presentations from Grant Writing Workshop held in West Branch on 11/1/16
- Grant Resources and Tips – Resources from Grant Writing Workshop held in West Branch on 11/1/16