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GLIN==> 2005 Large Grant Cycle Announced



February 4, 2005





TOLEDO, OH -- The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (LEC) is currently accepting proposals for approximately $200,000 in large grants from the Lake Erie Protection Fund, awarding projects that directly implement goals outlined in the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan.


This Lake Erie Protection Fund helps implement improvements to Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie and its watershed and is supported by sales of the Lake Erie license plate program.


The deadline for submitting these grant pre-proposals is Wednesday, 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 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.


This year’s large grant cycle focuses on implementation projects that specifically address any of the 84 strategic actions of the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan. 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 1993, it has raised more than $7.7 million through the sale of Lake Erie license plates that feature a choice of the Marblehead Lighthouse in Ottawa County or the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse in Lucas County – both designed by artist Ben Richmond.


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



For Further Information Contact:

Edwin J. Hammett, Ohio Lake Erie Commission

(419) 245-2514