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RE: GLIN==> REMINDER- Funding Opportunity Helps Citizens Get Involved in Protectingthe Great Lakes


You might want to consider contacting your local community foundation. Many of us provide pass through/special projects opportunities and you might gain strength in your cause by connecting with your foundation regardless of whether or not your project is their priority. At the very least they will gain a better understanding of your work, and you of theirs. Most Michigan community foundations have been on the receiving end of land use funds, particularly from 1998-2002 and now many are jumping on the opportunity to engage their communities via Great Lakes protection. If you’re interested in some wonderful examples of CF in action see www.cmif.org and look for SE MI, Grand Traverse, and Muskegon Community Foundations.(as well as many others)


Best Wishes,

Mary Sue Hyslop, Executive Director

The Keweenaw Community Foundation

Your Community Foundation...For good, For ever.

326 Shelden Ave., P.O. Box 101 Houghton, MI 49931

906-482-9673    906-482-9679-fax

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From: owner-glin-announce@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-glin-announce@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of Steven Pollack
Sent: Monday, January 09, 2006 3:51 PM
Subject: Re: GLIN==> REMINDER- Funding Opportunity Helps Citizens Get Involved in Protectingthe Great Lakes




I just want to comment on my situation in case it is similar to other environmental groups.  There are several nice funding programs for environmental groups doing work in the great lakes basin.  Unfortunately, in my case, I am not a 501(c)(3) so I pass each time I see these funding opportunities.  It might be nice to be able to get $500 or $1000 to send out an advocacy mailing to the towns affected by my issue.


I certainly understand that limiting these grants to organizations with accountable paperwork protects the interest of the donor from having their money wasted.  However, in my case it is not worth the paperwork headache to set up a charitable organization. 


I simply research the issues, contact local politicians, and work my website.  i.e. the cheap stuff.  I imagine there are many similarly situated grassroots organizations doi ng the heavy lifting on various issues that are too small to form a 501(c)(3) yet are deserving of a little financial support.


Something to think about.


Steven Pollack

Citizens for a Cleaner Lake Michigan


Martha Waszak <waszakm@michigan.gov> wrote:

Funding Opportunity Helps Citizens Get Involved in Protecting the Great Lakes

In response to the increasing threat posed by invasive plants and animals to Michigan's waterways, the Department of Environmental Quality's Office of the Great Lakes is continuing to support local efforts to prevent and control aquatic invasive species (AIS) through the fourth annual Aquatic Invasive Species Information and Education Small Grants Program .

"This funding opportunity will assist Michigan's citizens who are looking for ways to get involved in helping to prevent the introduction and spread of AIS," said OGL Director Ken DeBeaussaert.
An AIS is defined as a species that is not native, and whose introduction causes, or is likely to cause, economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. A total of $22,000 is available for small grants ranging from $1,500 to $3,000.

The program, administered by the Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund, utilizes proceeds from the sale of the 2005 Great Lakes Protection Fund decal to fund local information and education initiatives to prevent and control AIS introductions and spread throughout Michigan waters. Examples of eligible projects include boater education programs, training and monitoring programs, early detection and rapid response activities.

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, tribes, and local units of government are invited to app ly. The application deadline is January 20, 2006 with grant periods beginning April 3, 2006. For more information on this grant opportunity or to obtain the full request for proposals and grant application, please visit www.michigan.gov/deqmiglprotectionfund, or contact the OGL at 517-335-4056.

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