SEMCOG can help local governments apply for grant funding in many ways:

  1. Call us! If you have a specific project or idea you're trying to find funding for, it often takes creative thinking and multiple funding sources to achieve it. SEMCOG has experienced staff to help you through this process. Use our Staff Directory or contact the Information Center to get started today.
  2. SEMCOG's Community Profiles provide a comprehensive view of people, economy and jobs, housing, transportation, and environment and land use information by region, county, community or custom geography. This detailed information can help support grant applications.
  3. SEMCOG's Data and Maps provides interactive databases and mapping applications featuring demographic, transportation, economic, employment, land use, aerials, and GIS information.
  4. SEMCOG can assist members in searching for funding sources for a specific project. SEMCOG has access to a national database of available grant opportunities, as well as knowledge of many other federal and state sources of funding. Custom searches can be created upon request. Please contact the Information Center or call (313) 324-3330 for more information.
  5. SEMCOG member governments may request a Grant Writing USA scholarship for a two-day workshop on grant writing or grant management. The grant writing course covers how to write grant proposals from start to finish and how to locate and track relevant grant opportunities. Federal, state, local and non-governmental, and private sector grants are covered. You'll learn everything you need to know to get started writing grants. Contact Susan Stefanski for more information.

Various federal and state agencies offer grant opportunities on a rolling basis. We recommend you review these resources to help identify funding for your specific needs:
Find, apply for, and track federal grants at

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
MDEQ's Grants and Loans page provides information on grants and loans administered by MDEQ.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
The DNR's Grants webpage has several resources, including a list of available natural resource grants by type.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
MEDC's Community Development and Assistance page provides information on the grants and loans offered by MEDC to redevelop Michigan's downtowns and foster historic preservation. It also showcases MEDC's Community Guide, a free, in-depth resource for local officials and community developers that identifies current community and economic development tools available within Michigan.

Michigan Department of Transportation
MDOT's Grants Programs page lists a number of ongoing funding programs for transportation-related activities.

National Association of Regional Councils (NARC)
NARC maintains a listing of federal grant opportunities for local governments.

Developing Regional Solutions
SEMCOG is a regional planning partnership of governmental units serving 4.7 million people in the seven-county region of Southeast Michigan striving to enhance the region's quality of life.