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E-M:/ Land use education grants available in NW Mich.



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The following press release was issued today by the newly formed Land Use and Conservation Planning Fund in Traverse City. Individuals and organizations in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties may submit proposals for grants. Additional information is available on their website at http://www.traverse.com/lucpf (a downloadable application in pdf form will be posted there next week).

Deadline for applications is February 27, 1998.

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New fund created to promote land use education and protection
Land Use Conservation Planning Fund calls for applications

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Jeanne Snow
Executive Director, Regional Community Foundation
616.935-4066
http://www.traverse.com/lucpf

or Dan Reszka, Chairman, LUCPF
616.264-5993

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (January 23, 1998) - The newly formed Land Use and Conservation Planning Fund (LUCPF) is seeking proposals from qualified organizations and individuals who seek financial support for activities contributing to responsible land use and land protection.

The community-based fund was created recently with a grant from the C. S. Mott Foundation to the Regional Community Foundation. The endowment fund, in partnership with the Grand Traverse Regional Conservancy and the Leelanau Conservancy, will be used to promote land use education programs, regional planning projects and to assist in the purchase of valuable lands at immediate risk of development.

"This is a unique financial resource that encourages innovative thinking on the most local level," said Dan Reszka, chairman of the fund's advisory committee. "The fund's grants will be used to support projects ranging from regional land use workshops to providing seed money for the purchase of sensitive lands."

The fund will be administered by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and an advisory committee, with members including representatives from the five counties in the region, New Designs for Growth, and the two conservancies. The committee will assist in building the fund, provide recommendations on how the earnings of the fund will be distributed and monitor the effectiveness of the grants awarded. Reszka said grants may range from support for training local planning commissions on land use strategies to helping land owners with planning services and ecological inventories. The fund expects to award up to a total of $20,000 annually, in amounts of $500 or more.

"While the Grand Traverse Region experiences unprecedented development, we hope the Land Use and Conservation Planning Fund will help provide the means for an educational base on which to grow," Reszka said.

Potential applicants should request an application from the Regional Community Foundation at 616.935-4066 or 1-800-678-4066. Applications and additional information are also available on the World Wide Web at <http://www.traverse.com/lucpf>. Deadline for completed applications is 5 p.m., February 27, 1998.

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation works with groups, families and individual donors to help them achieve their personal financial and philanthropic goals and to establish endowments for a variety of charitable purposes.

Land Use and Conservation Planning Fund advisory board members include: George Ball, Ann Bourne, J. Carl Ganter, Keith Charters, Glen Chown, Brian Price, Dan Reszka, Jack Seaman, Marsha Smith, Jeanne Snow, and Gloria Whelan.

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Land Use and Conservation Planning Fund at a Glance

Grant Amounts
The fund expects to award up to a total of $20,000, in amounts of $500 or more, to qualified applicants.

Eligibility
Any organization, individual or government unit involved in land-use planning and other land-use stewardship activities in the five county Grand Traverse region may apply. The five counties include Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau.

Sponsors
In order to make grants available to non-501(c)(3) organizations and non-registered charities while ensuring fiscal responsibility, non-501(c)(3) organizations, charities or individuals are encouraged to obtain sponsorship from either the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy or the Leelanau Conservancy.

Application Timeline
Applications may be obtained by calling the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation at (616) 935-4066, 1-800-678-4066 or on the World Wide Web at http://www.traverse.com/lucpf. Applications are due February 27, 1998 and should be returned via first-class mail or in person to the Land Use and Conservation Planning Fund at the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, 115 Park Street, Traverse City, MI 49684. Please do not fax applications. Grants for 1998 are anticipated to be awarded in March 1998. (Note that the Fund expects to announce a change to this schedule in the third quarter of 1998.)

Assistance for applicants
Potential applicants seeking advice on how to complete the grant application form or wishing to discuss potential projects should contact the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation at (616) 935-4066.

Focus
The Land Use and Conservation Planning Fund will be used to support activities contributing to responsible land use and land protection as recommended by the fund's advisory committee. Activities may include (but are not limited to):

Education
A. The fund may be used to publish materials for use by the regional conservancies and/or the local real estate community to promote conservation planning and innovative development. Topics might include the use of conservation easements, conservation development, and site planning.

B. The fund may be used to conduct seminars, workshops, or public information sessions which address the topics in A, including paying speaker's fees for such events. Events might include forums, workshops, or seminars that elevate community dialogue on sustainable development issues, specifically land use issues such as growth management, rural character preservation and suburban sprawl.

Professional services
The fund may be used to provide conservation planning services to individuals under specific guidelines established by the advisory committee.

Purchase Options
Funding for purchase options for the initial purchase of valuable lands at immediate risk of development may be considered.



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