Mini-Grant Program

Van Buren Conservation District Mini-Grant Program


Mini-grants up to $5,000.00 are available to help support programs and projects in Van Buren County, Michigan. Completed programs and projects must be open to residents or benefit a larger group of residents (such as a school); occur on publicly owned land; benefit Van Buren County communities; and support our local farmers, the environment, and/or natural resources. Projects can include but are not limited to: increasing green spaces and outdoor opportunities, creating new wildlife/pollinator habitats, protecting and preserving our natural resources, building new programs to increase recycling and proper waste management, supporting local farmers markets, and strengthening environmental community action and education.

Eligible Applicants:

The Van Buren Conservation District’s (VBCD’s) Mini-Grant Program is open to all Van Buren County, Michigan municipalities, community organizations, educational institutions, and partners of the VBCD.

Review Process:

Applications will be reviewed by the VBCD Board of Directors and administrative staff. Follow-up questions will be directed to the Contact Person on the application. Applications can be submitted any time of year. Grant awards will be announced three times a year – at the April, August, and December Board Meetings.

The VBCD reserves judgement as to the eligibility of any grant submission. Partial funding may be granted. This grant is competitive, and the funds are limited. Clarification of the project plan and long-term effectiveness of the project weigh heavily in the grant selection process.

Application Information:

Applications can be submitted to Kim Sinclair, Administrator, at Please write “Mini-Grant Application” in the Subject line and follow up with a phone call (269-657-4030×5) to ensure your application was received.

Mini-grant Application can be downloaded here as a pdf or pdf fillable.