Paddle Antrim Awards Grants to Benefit Northern Michigan Waterways


Paddle Antrim’s Ripple Effect Mini Grant Program awarded $4,627 through its fall 2022 grant program to four projects that benefit Northern Michigan’s waterways: Antrim County Emergency Management, The Watershed Center for Grand Traverse Bay, Grass River Natural Area, and Three Lakes Association.

“A portion of the income we earn through our events goes directly into this program,” said Deana Jerdee, Paddle Antrim Executive Director. “This program allows our small nonprofit to expand our reach and build partnerships with like-minded organizations whose projects align with our mission.”

Antrim County Emergency Management received funding for a child mannequin for CPR and water rescue training for fire and emergency responders, The Watershed Center for Grand Traverse Bay’s funds will go to the Road Salt Monitoring Pilot Project, which estimates chloride concentrations in locations throughout the Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed. Funding will also go to help Grass River Natural Area assist a staff member to receive certification to treat invasive species, while the Three Lakes Association will use funding to continue its investigation into the causes of golden brown algae.

Since 2015, Paddle Antrim has funded 21 projects and awarded over $30,400 with income provided through the nonprofit’s events like the Paddle Antrim Festival.

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