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E-M:/ MEER Request Small Grant Proposals


For Immediate Release


Michigan Economic And Environmental Roundtable and Michigan Environmental Council

Request Applicants For Sustainable-Development Grants


Contact:           Conan Smith                 517-487-9539

                        Mark Coscarelli              517-484-4954


The Michigan Economic and Environmental Roundtable (Roundtable) and the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) are funding projects that advance land stewardship through collaboration and partnerships working on sustainable development/smart growth initiatives at local, regional, and state levels.  The C.S. Mott, Detroit Edison, and Dow Chemical foundations have provided funding for land use grants to eligible organizations.  The small grants will range between $1,000 and $4,000 and are to emphasize business/environmental partnerships.


Businesses and organizations eligible for small grants must


a)                   have 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax status or be sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization, and

b)                   demonstrate a commitment to increasing public and policymakers’ awareness of sustainable land use practices.


This small grant program is intended to help businesses and environmental groups work together to reduce the impacts of low-density development or sprawl — development that consumes important resource lands and leads to the deterioration of older communities.  Through education and cooperation, communities can create or implement alternate avenues of sprawl.


The Roundtable, a nonprofit organization comprised of representatives of business and environmental interests, seeks to develop new approaches to the challenges facing Michigan's economy and natural resources. The MEC, a member of the Roundtable, is a nonprofit coalition of 55 environmental organizations working to promote a land stewardship ethic throughout the state.  The MEC and the Roundtable recognize that the state's economic and environmental communities have similar concerns relating to land use.


Recipients will be selected on a competitive basis.  Applications must be postmarked by May 10, 2002, and decisions will be made by May 31, 2002. 


For an application or more information, contact the MEC at 119 Pere Marquette, Ste. 2A, Lansing, MI 48912, or call (517) 487-9539. Applications can also be found at http//:www.mecprotects.org/MEER.htm


Conan Smith

Land Programs Director

Michigan Environmental Council

119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A

Lansing, MI  48912

p. 517-487-9539

f.  517-487-9541