Billions of dollars are moving into the state of Michigan. The influx of money is available for two years through various funds and grants created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Act provides numerous opportunites for Michigan communities to apply those funds to much-needed Michigan projects. This session offered general and specific information to how to access those moneys.
Many of the grants available are related to energy. The League has been working particularly hard to make sure that Michigan communities are positioned to apply for the grants. In particular, the League has been partnerIng with the Bureau of Energy Systems to provide a roadmap for communities to follow as they make efforts to "go green." The Michigan Green Communities Challenge is housed on the League's website and is available for all Michigan communities. The League is also working directly with BES to get information to communities on how to apply for moneys for projects under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.