Paddle Antrim is pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for their 2021 Ripple Effect Mini Grant Program. This competitive grant program funds projects that protect the waterways and connect people to them. Potential projects must focus on stewardship, education, or increasing accessibility to the lakes and rivers. A list of completed projects funded by this Mini Grant Program can be found at www.paddleantrim.com/completed-projects.
Since 2015, Paddle Antrim has awarded over $24,000 to 15 projects that have made an impact on over 10 communities. The Ripped Effect Mini Grant Program is funded from income earned through Paddle Antrim events such as the Paddle Antrim Festival and kayaking safety classes. To be considered for the grant program, projects must be focused on the Elk River Chain of Lakes watershed or adjacent watersheds which impact Antrim County. Eligible applicants include Michigan-based non-profit organizations or governmental entities.
“We are incredibly excited to bring back our Ripple Effect Mini Grant Program after taking a year hiatus due to having no events through which we earned income in 2020,” said Deana Jerdee, Executive Director of Paddle Antrim. “Through this program we have been able to steward our waterways by funding projects that have had a great positive impact on our watershed and we can’t wait to see what projects are brought to us this year.”
Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Monday, November 1, 2021 to be considered. More information can be found online at paddleantrim.com/ripple-effect-mini-grants.