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Additional $10 million in EVIP funding available

Grant application deadline extended to July 27

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Treasury is reopening the second round of the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) grant award process for the 2012 fiscal year, after Gov. Rick Snyder’s signing of a supplemental appropriation, which includes an additional $10 million for the popular grant program. The deadline for municipalities to apply for EVIP Grant funding in the 2012 fiscal year was originally June 15. With the additional $10 million now available, the deadline for applications has been moved to July 27.

“The EVIP Grant program has been very well received by municipalities around the State,” said Gov. Snyder. “Many local units have already benefitted from EVIP Grants, and I’m pleased that we have been able to make another $10 million available this summer.”

More than 50 grant applications requesting $22 million in funding were initially submitted to the Department of Treasury, though only $5 million was available. To date, 28 communities have received grant funding this year. With the supplemental appropriation recently approved, nearly $11 million will be made available, with $5 million designated for the combination of public safety operations.

Gov. Snyder proposed the EVIP Grant program in his 2012 Executive Budget to provide funding to offset costs for cities, villages, townships and counties interested in service sharing or consolidation and other cooperative efforts among municipalities. In the 2013 fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1, $15 million will be available through the EVIP Grant program.

For more information about EVIP, including a grant application for local units of government, visit www.michigan.gov/treasury and click on the Local Government Services tab.

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