Detroit River during the fall

Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund

Detroit River

The Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund is a public-private partnership that increases the resilience of communities and natural resources in Southeast Michigan by reducing the impact of stormwater, improving water quality, enhancing habitat, and increasing the accessibility and usability of public green space and natural areas. These actions help communities prepare for intensifying environmental stressors related to development, climate, invasive species, nonpoint source pollution and other factors.


​The Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund supports projects in the seven-county region of Southeast Michigan, including St. Clair, Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Washtenaw, Livingston, and Monroe counties. Approximately $1.2 million is awarded annually. Individual grants typically range from $50,000 to $300,000. 

By investing in green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) solutions, the Fund seeks to reduce flooding and other threats associated with major storm events, while also creating safe, dynamic, and enjoyable public green spaces that improve habitat values for wildlife and quality of life for residents. By restoring the region’s unique natural areas, the Fund seeks to enhance the quality and connectivity of habitat for wildlife, improve the ability of these habitats to withstand and absorb the impact of environmental stressors, and make nature more accessible for people.

Grants are awarded in two categories:

  1. Expanding Green Stormwater Infrastructure and Enhancing Public Space: The Fund supports GSI projects that improve stormwater capture and storage to reduce runoff, combined sewer overflows, basement backups and flooding. GSI projects must be designed with a dual purpose; to increase stormwater storage capacity while also enhancing the quality of, access to, and/or use of community green space or natural areas.
  2. Improving Habitat Quality, Connectivity and Enhancing Public Space: The Fund supports habitat restoration projects that improve the quality and connectivity of in-stream, riparian, upland, and wetland habitats throughout Southeast Michigan. Habitat projects must be designed with a dual purpose, to restore habitat while also improving public access to and/or use-opportunities of natural areas throughout the region.

In its first year, The Fund awarded six grants totaling $1.46 million. Together, these projects are:

  • Adding 2.4 million gallons of stormwater storage
  • Restoring and enhancing over 730 acres of wildlife habitat
  • Improving and creating 16 acres of neighborhood green space 

Application Information

09/22/2020 Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund 2021 Request for Proposals View Now

Due Dates

Due Date Name
Full Proposal Deadline
Virtual Applicant Workshop
06/17/2020 SE Michigan Fact Sheet Download the PDF
06/17/2020 2020 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 2019 Grant Slate Download the PDF
Staff Representatives

Program Director, Great Lakes

Manager, Great Lakes Programs

Regional Program Coordinator