Bellaire, MI (February 1, 2019) – Paddle Antrim announced it will award $2,400 to two projects that benefit Northern Michigan’s waterways through its Ripple Effect Mini Grant Program.

“Our Ripple Effect grant program provides a wonderful way for us to expand our impact by funding projects that support our mission of protecting our waterways and connecting people to these amazing waters through paddling” says Deana Jerdee, Paddle Antrim’s Executive Director. Grass River Natural Area was awarded funding for the design and construction of interpretive panels in their Nature Center.  Antrim County Emergency Management was awarded funding for an 800 mHz radio specialized for emergency communications to be used during special events and trainings for emergency responders.   Paddle Antrim’s Ripple Effect Mini-Grant Program awards grant to local non-profit and governmental organizations whose projects align with their mission to protect the water resources and enhance the economic vitality of the region through stewardship, education, improved water trail access and promotion of the waterways. Paddle Antrim has awarded over $20,000 in the past four years through this program. The next round of funding will be in May 2019. To learn more about Paddle Antrim and the Ripple Effect grant program, please visit