UPEC Community Conservation Grants



UPEC’s Community Conservation Grant Program is designed to challenge U.P. communities to promote conservation values within their watershed or local area. The program honors the late Tom Church of Watersmeet, a long-time UPEC member whose bequest made this fund possible.

In the past short-sighted actions by corporate or individual landowners often degraded the U.P. landscape. Today, state and federal environmental programs as well as the private conservancy movement work to protect natural areas for public benefit and to safeguard significant populations of wildlife and the ecosystem processes that support them. UPEC’s Community Conservation Grants initiative focuses on communities that want to step up the protection of conservation values in their locality. 

UPEC wishes to encourage more proactive stewardship with this program. Grants could be awarded for finding ways to enhance native plant and animal life and the systems that support them. They can be for starting a community forest or preserve, or restoring a stream or wetland, or putting on a program about local medicinal plants, rare frogs, or top predators. These are only examples; local communities can come up with their own ideas.  

The grants, up to $10,000 each, are for planning or implementing local conservation projects that engage a variety of stakeholders within a community, from recreational and sportsmen’s groups to naturalists, township officials, churches, and schools. The UPEC Board anticipates the program will stimulate grassroots conservation activity in localities throughout the U.P.

Applications for the 2020 round of grants were due January 10, 2020. The 2021 round of grants will be announced in November 2020. If you have any questions about the program, contact us via email at upec@upenvironment.org or call 906-201-1949.

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