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GLIN==> Ohio Lake Erie Commission Announces 2004 Large Grant Cycle



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2004


GRANT APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR MAJOR LAKE ERIE BASIN RESEARCH 
PROJECTS

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (LEC) will conduct a large grant cycle for 
2004 and anticipates awarding $400,000 from the Lake Erie Protection Fund 
for research projects. This Fund helps implement improvements to Ohio's 
portion of Lake Erie and its watershed, and is funded by Ohioans supporting 
the Lake Erie License Plate Program.

The deadline for submitting these grant proposals is March 2. Applications 
can be downloaded from the commission's web site at 
www.epa.state.oh.us/oleo. The LEC's grants committee will review these 
applications, and ask the top research projects to submit formal proposals 
in the spring. Projects must be completed in one to three years. The 
average amount of a large grant award is $50,000, but can range up to 
$100,000, depending on the scope of the project.

The focus of this year's large grant cycle is research projects that spe  
cifically address one or more of the 84 strategic actions in Ohio's Lake 
Erie Protection & Restoration Plan (LEPR). These actions are designed to 
improve environmental, recreational and economic resources within Ohio's 
Lake Erie basin.

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

The commission oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund. Since 1992, it 
has raised more than $8 million through the sale of Lake Erie license 
plates - featuring Lake Erie Artist Ben Richmond's design of the Marblehead 
Lighthouse.

For more information, please contact the Ohio Lake Erie Commission office 
at 419-245-2514 or at lakeeriecommission@ameritech.net.


For Further Information Contact:
Jill Woodyard, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(419) 245-2514












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