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GLIN==> LEPF Small Grant deadline Feb. 8; Large Grant RFP to be released Feb. 15



Next Round of Lake Erie Protection Fund Small Grant Proposals Due February 8, 2002; 
Large Grant RFP to be Released on February 15, 2002

Proposals for the next round of Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF) small grants are due Friday, February 8, 2002 at 5:00 PM to the Ohio Lake Erie Commission office in Toledo, Ohio.  Maximum small grant awards will be $10,000 per grant, up from the previous amount of $7,500 in fiscal year 2001.  The total budget for the 2002 LEPF Small Grant Program is $200,000.  The 2002 LEPF Large Grant Cycle Request for Proposals (RFP) for research projects and details will be released on February 15, 2002.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will award small grants at each of its quarterly meetings. The deadline for submitting proposals for the next round of LEPF small grants is February 8; with the successive deadlines for 2002 being May 10, July 26 and November 8. The RFP and the application may be downloaded from the Commission's website at: www.epa.state.oh.us/oleo, or may be obtained from the Commission's office in Toledo at 419/245-2514.

Small grants are intended to be used as seed money to test the feasibility of larger research efforts, for small demonstration implementation projects, technology transfer, and public participation projects. Funding priorities for this year's grants will be based on the Ohio Lake Erie Commission's recently released Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan (LEPR). This plan is intended as a blueprint by which the agencies of the Commission will continue their efforts to protect and restore Ohio's portion of Lake Erie and its watershed. The plan contains 84 strategic actions that are designed to improve various environmental, recreational or economic resources within the Lake Erie basin.

Generally, small grants will be awarded for one year unless the specific nature of the project warrants a longer time period. As with the large grant program, please refer purely educational projects to the Ohio Environmental Education Fund at 614/644-2873.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is comprised of the directors of the Departments of Natural Resources, Transportation, Development, Health and Agriculture and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The Commission was established to preserve Lake Erie's natural resources, protect the quality of the lake's waters and ecosystem, and promote economic development in the region.

The Commission oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF). Since 1992, the Ohio Lake Erie Commission has raised over $7.5 million for over 200 Lake Erie projects through the Lake Erie License Plate sales program and other donations. Ohio artist Ben Richmond designed this specialty plate, featuring the Marblehead Lighthouse. License plates sales revenues have been used to fund LEPF research and implementation grant projects focusing on improving Lake Erie and its waterways.

For more information about the Ohio Lake Erie Commission or the Lake Erie Protection Fund grants program, please contact Greg Tipping, Grants Manager; Ohio Lake Erie Commission Office at 419/245-2514 or greg_tipping@ameritech.net


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~ Jamie Kochensparger
Public Information Specialist
Ohio Lake Erie Commission
One Maritime Plaza, 4th Floor
Toledo, OH  43604-1866
Phone: 419-245-2514
FAX: 419-245-2519
jamie_kochensparger@ameritech.net




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