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Title: Michigan river, stream and creek cleanup grants available for 2005

Michigan Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Grants Available for 2005

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are pleased to announce the release of the 2005 Grant Application Package (GAP) for Michigan’s Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program (VRSCCP). A total of $25,000 is available under the program for Fiscal Year 2005, with funding provided by the DEQ through fees collected from the sale of the State’s Water Quality Protection license plates (Public Act 74 of 2000). The application deadline for Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup grants is February 28, 2005.

The Michigan VRSCCP provides small grants to local units of government to help implement cleanup of trash and debris within or along the banks of rivers, streams, and creeks to improve the waters in Michigan. Local units of government may partner with nonprofit organizations or other volunteer groups to carry out the cleanups. There is a minimum local match requirement of 25 percent of the total project costs.

The Volunteer Stream Cleanup GAP and application instructions are available online at http://www.glc.org/streamclean. The GAP contains detailed instructions, including eligibility requirements and other information for developing a proposal, evaluation criteria, and items that should be included with your application.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by GLC and DEQ staff, with final decisions anticipated in late March 2005. Grants are expected to be awarded in April 2005. Contractual arrangements will be facilitated by the GLC, which is administering the VRSCCP on behalf of the DEQ.

Once again, the deadline for submitting grant applications under the FY 2005 Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program is February 28, 2005. If you have questions regarding the GAP or your application, please contact John Hummer at the Great Lakes Commission at 734-971-9135 or jhummer@glc.org.

Thank you for your interest in cleaning up Michigan’s water resources!

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John Hummer
Great Lakes Commission
Eisenhower Corporate Park
2805 S. Industrial Hwy. Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6791
Phone: 734-971-9135
Fax: 734-971-9150
Web: http://www.glc.org