Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN)
Learn more about the Saginaw Bay WIN Grants Program priorities and guidelines.
And The Winner Is...
With more than 300 votes cast for the annual "Think it. Share it. WIN it. Making Ideas Count" Facebook contest, we'd like to congratulate the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy (SBLC) on their WIN! SBLC will receive a $1000 grant to begin the implementation of their new Saginaw Bay Birding Trail. Check out SBLC's website for updates!
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, since 1998, has provided more than $4 million to nearly 200 projects across the Saginaw Bay region.
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:
- Bay Area Community Foundation
- Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
- Consumers Energy Foundation
- Cook Family Foundation
- Dow Chemical Company Foundation
- Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation
- Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation
- Midland Area Community Foundation
- Saginaw Community Foundation
- S.C. Johnson Fund
- Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation