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GLIN==> Great Lakes Fishery Trust Pre-proposal Announcement


The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) is inviting pre-proposals from nonprofit organizations and governmental entities for Great Lakes fishing access projects.

Background Information
The GLFT is a unique funding source established as part of a legal settlement to mitigate fish losses caused by the operation of the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant. A six-member board of trustees and two provisional trustees, who represent the plaintiffs in the settlement, administer the GLFT. A Scientific Advisory Team (SAT), made up of the technical advisors of all parties to the settlement and other fisheries scientists designated in the settlement, advises the GLFT on grant projects. Further information on the GLFT can be found on the GLFT Web site (http://www.glft.org)

Fishing Access
The Great Lakes Fishery Trust provides grants to improve tribal and angler fishing access in the Great Lakes. 

The GLFT is soliciting pre-proposals for fishing access projects that meet GLFT guidelines by providing for

-angler access enhancement to existing Corps of Engineers breakwaters, or publicly owned piers and bulkheads on the Great Lakes shoreline within the state of Michigan (priority will be given to projects on Lake Michigan);

-shore fishing access enhancement on Michigan inland lakes and rivers at sites where it can be demonstrated that such facilities are needed to increase opportunities to fish for migrating Great Lakes species (priority will be given to projects on Lake Michigan tributaries); or

-boat launch facilities primarily to accommodate tribal fishing at sites where it can be demonstrated that other funds are not available to meet an existing need on Lake Michigan or Lake Huron.

The GLFT will limit its funding for any recreational access projects to facilities directly related to fishing and the accommodation of anglers such as parking areas, restrooms, shelters, walkways, railings, lighting, signage, etc. If such facilities are to be shared with other expected users of the site, the GLFT will consider funding a share of the project costs based on estimated use by anglers versus non-anglers. Improvements to accommodate small boat access at shore fishing sites will be considered on a case-by-case basis only if it can be demonstrated that other funding sources have been exhausted.

Application Process
The Great Lakes Fishery Trust accepts pre-proposals for fishing access projects at any time during the year. Pre-proposals submitted on or before February 15, 2000 will be considered for funding in May 2000. Pre-proposals submitted on or before August 15, 2000 will be considered for funding in November 2000.

To be considered for funding, pre-proposals must meet the requirements outlined in the Great Lakes Fishery Trust Pre-Proposal Requirements. Following the review of pre-proposals, the GLFT may request an expanded full-project proposal for final consideration. (The GLFT will notify all applicants whether their proposal has been selected for further consideration or not.) If selected, applicants will have approximately one month to prepare a full proposal.

Supplemental Information
If you are interested in submitting a pre-proposal, we encourage you to access additional information on the GLFT Web site. In addition to application materials, you can obtain information on fishing access projects previously funded by the GLFT and learn more about funding opportunities for other Great Lakes fishery-related projects.

Forwarding Announcement
We encourage you to share this pre-proposal announcement with other individuals and organizations that you believe may be interested in applying for a grant. We also encourage anyone interested in receiving future announcements to contact us by telephone, mail, or e-mail. 

Additional Questions
If after reviewing this information you have further questions about the pre-proposal process, please contact Kelly Stewart (Assistant Trust Manager), Holly Madill (Assistant Trust Manager), or me.

Jack D. Bails, Manager

Great Lakes Fishery Trust
600 West St. Joseph, Suite 10
Lansing, MI  48933-2265

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