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GLIN==> NOTICE - 2000 SPECIAL REQUEST FOR GRANT PROPOSALS.



December 22, 2000


Dear Friend of Lake Erie:

The Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF) will conduct a special grant cycle for
the purpose of collecting data and developing methodologies that will be
incorporated into the 2003 Lake Erie Quality Index. The 2003 Lake Erie
Quality Index is a comprehensive report evaluating Lake Erie's ecosystem by
using indicators and metrics. This report is being developed by the member
agencies of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission.  The Ohio Lake Erie Commission
anticipates awarding $300,000 for this special grant cycle with an average
grant award being $50,000.

Full proposals must be submitted in the format directed by the Ohio Lake
Erie Commission. Please contact Dr. Jeffrey L. Busch, Executive Director;
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Office at (419)245-2514 to discuss your proposal
and the guidelines for preparation.

Please find below the Special Request for Grant Proposals.

Ohio Lake Erie Commission
One Maritime Plaza, 4th. Floor
Toledo, OH.  43604-1866
Phone:   (419)245-2514
Email:    oleo@www.epa.state.oh.us




Lake Erie Protection Fund
2000
Special Request for Grant Proposals


The Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF) will conduct a special grant cycle for
the purpose of collecting data and developing methodologies that will be
incorporated into the 2003 Lake Erie Quality Index. The 2003 Lake Erie
Quality Index is a comprehensive report evaluating Lake Erie's ecosystem by
using indicators and metrics. This report is being developed by the member
agencies of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission.  The Ohio Lake Erie Commission
anticipates awarding $300,000 for this special grant cycle addressing the
following information needs, with an average grant award being $50,000.



Funding Priorities:

* Prepare and conduct a public opinion survey which will evaluate the
availability and quality of public recreational resources on Ohio's Lake
Erie shoreline.

* Create an inventory of the Ohio Lake Erie shoreline according to shoreline
type - especially the locations and percentage of the shoreline featuring
hardened shoreline structures.

* Conduct a census of mayfly nymph densities at specific sites in the
western and central basins of Lake Erie.

* Create and evaluate an Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) for the offshore
waters of Lake Erie.

* Create and evaluate an Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) for the coastal
wetlands of Lake Erie.

* Conduct Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index (QHEI) evaluations at
specific sites within the Sandusky, Chagrin, Blanchard, Maumee exclusive of
the Upper Auglaize basin, the lower Portage, and the Grand River
watershed(s).


Please contact Dr. Jeffrey L. Busch at the Ohio Lake Erie Commission for
more detailed information at 419/245-2514.


LEPF SPECIAL GRANT CYCLE TIMELINE

December 22, 2000	Release of Request for Full Proposals.

February 2, 2001	Full Proposal and List of Suggested Peer Reviewers Due the
Ohio Lake Erie
Commission by 5:00 p.m.

March 30, 2001	Final Decision on Grant Awards


Criteria for Proposal Selection

* Technical Merits of the Proposal.
* Qualifications of applicants and organizations to accomplish their stated
objectives.
* Degree to which the project supports the priorities of the Ohio Lake Erie
Commission.
* Degree of efficiency of the proposed budget.



Guidelines for Proposal Preparation

* Full proposals must be submitted in the format directed by the Ohio Lake
Erie Commission.  Applications will not be accepted if prepared in any other
format. Do not include additional tables, figures, addendum or resumes. To
request a proposal format, please call the Ohio Lake Erie Commission Office
at 419.245.2514.
* In addition to the full proposal, please also submit the name, address,
phone number and email address of five potential reviewers who are not from
your institution, and are not your former or current students or advisors.
* Grants will be awarded to agencies of the United States, the State of
Ohio, political subdivisions, educational institutions, and nonprofit
organizations within Ohio.  Private, for-profit businesses are not eligible
for funding.
* It is strongly recommended that your proposal include at least one letter
of endorsement from a state agency clearly explaining how your project will
benefit Ohio and how it works into an Ohio plan or program  Limit letters of
endorsement to no more than three. Letters not submitted with your
application may not be considered.
* You will be required to submit 10 hard copies and one .html or .pdf
version of the final report. Please budget accordingly.
* A maximum of 10 percent of the total grant may be used for administrative
overhead.
* Allow at least three months after Commission approval to start your
project. Grant work cannot commence until a project agreement is complete.
* Please submit 15 copies of your full proposal and one copy of the list of
potential reviewers to the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, One Maritime Plaza,
Toledo, OH  43604-1866.  Please call 419.245.2514 or e-mail
oleo@www.epa.state.oh.us with questions.

Lake Erie Protection Fund Activities

The following broad categories are listed in the Ohio Revised Code section
1506.23(A) as eligible uses of the Lake Erie Protection Fund.
1) Accelerating the pace of research into the economic, environmental, and
human health effects of contamination of Lake Erie and its tributaries;
2) Funding cooperative research and data collection regarding Lake Erie
water quality and toxic contamination;
3) Developing improved methods of measuring water quality and establishing a
firm scientific base for implementing a basinwide system of water quality
management for Lake Erie and its tributaries;
4) Supporting research to improve scientific knowledge on which protection
policies are based and devising new and innovative cleanup techniques for
toxic contaminants;
5) Supplementing, in a stable and predictable manner, state commitments to
policies and programs pertaining to Lake Erie water quality and resource
protection;
6) Encouraging cooperation with and among leaders from state legislatures,
state agencies, political subdivisions, business and industry, labor,
institutions of higher education, environmental organizations and
conservation groups within the Lake Erie Basin;
7) Awarding of grants to any agency of the United States, any state agency,
as "agency" is defined in division (A)(2) of section 111.15 of the Revised
Code, any political subdivision, any education institution, or any nonprofit
organization for the development and implementation of projects and programs
that are designed to protect Lake Erie by reducing toxic contamination of or
improving water quality in Lake Erie;
8) Expenses authorized by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission necessary to
implement this chapter.



What is the Lake Erie Protection Fund?

In 1990, Substitute House Bill 804 was signed into law establishing the Lake
Erie Protection Fund.  The intended use of these funds is to award grants
that will help the State of Ohio protect and enhance its greatest natural
resource ~ Lake Erie.  This is accomplished through research, monitoring,
demonstration and education projects concerning Lake Erie, its shoreline and
watershed.  Of particular interest to the Lake Erie Protection Fund are
projects which further the objectives of Ohio's state, national and
international plans and commitments.  Presently, the Lake Erie Protection
Fund is supported through revenue generated by the Lake Erie License Plate
Program, Erie...Our Great Lake credit card program, donations and bequests.


Ohio Lake Erie Commission
One Maritime Plaza, 4th. Floor
                                                              Toledo, OH.
43604-1866

Phone:  419/245-2514
Web Site:  www.epa.state.oh.us/oleo
Email:  oleo@www.epa.state.oh.us







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