Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN)
Learn more about the Saginaw Bay WIN Grants Program priorities and guidelines.
In 2012, Saginaw Bay WIN provided nearly $200,000 to a variety of projects across the region that incorporated environmental, community, and economic impacts.
The Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network is a collaborative effort of communities, conservationists, foundations and businesses working to enhance the natural resources of the Saginaw Bay Watershed and create a more sustainable future for all its inhabitants. The Fund administers WIN, which has provided more than $4 million to nearly 200 projects across the Saginaw Bay region since 1998.
Covering 22 counties, Michigan’s Saginaw Bay Watershed feeds America’s largest contiguous freshwater coastal wetland system with more than 175 inland lakes and 7,000 miles of rivers. It is also home to 138 endangered or threatened species.
With help from the Fund, Saginaw Bay WIN identifies issues, sets priorities and develops projects designed to steward natural resources, strengthen local economies and nurture agriculture and nature-based tourism in the region.
Funding And Grants: Creating Opportunities
Funding is provided for projects that create opportunities to connect people, resources, organizations and programs. Priority is given to projects that are innovative, cross governmental boundaries and attempt to balance the environment, economy and the community. WIN grants have been matched by more than $6 million.
More than 10 area foundations and corporations work together as a network to support WIN projects. These foundations and corporations contribute $300,000 per year to support WIN investments:
SPOTLIGHT: 2013 WIN Grantee, Michigan Baseball Foundation
The Michigan Baseball Foundation launched an effort in October 2012 to enhance sustainability practices across all aspects of the organization with the goal of reducing total energy use, water use and waste by 50 percent by 2020. A nearly $34,000 grant from Saginaw Bay WIN will assist the minor league Great Lakes Loons and Dow Diamond, the team’s home stadium, in achieving this goal.
The WIN grant will help the Loons convert lights and occupancy sensors to LED lighting on the exterior and front entries of Dow Diamond. The conversion will save an estimated 60,000 kilowatt hours and should reduce energy use at Dow Diamond by 3.6 percent annually.
“We are grateful for the partnership with Saginaw Bay WIN on this project,” said Paul Barbeau, president and general manager of the Loons. “This gift will accelerate our conversion to LED lighting fixtures. We hope our ambitious efforts to conserve energy resources will inspire other businesses and households to consider ways that they too can conserve resources and reduce costs.”
Community Action Grant Program
WIN’s new Community Action Grant Program awards up to $1000 to organizations that are working to make improvements in their neighborhoods, communities and watersheds within the framework of “sustainability” (projects that contemplate community, environmental and economic impacts). Grant awards are matched 1:1 in cash or equipment. In 2013, seven projects received grant awards:
Augres-Sims School District: AGS Elementary Watershed Project
Devries Nature Conservancy: Community Garden Rain Harvesting
Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy: Sand Point Nature Preserve Boardwalk
BaySail / Appledore Tall Ships: Storm Drain Stenciling
Leon Martuch Chapter Trout Unlimited: Ecoli Sampling Cedar River
Delta College: Sustainability Survival Kits
Village of Chesaning: Showboat Trail Project
Another Action Grant program kicks off in the spring of 2014!