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GLIN==> Soil erosion and sediment control grants

Contact: Gary Overmier, garyo@glc.org
Great Lakes Commission

Apply online at www.glc.org/basin/funding.html

Basin Program offers soil erosion, sediment control grants

The Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control has issued its 2006 Request for Proposals (RFP). The program offers grants of up to $125,000 for projects to mitigate the damages caused by sediment and soil erosion within the U.S. portion of the Great Lakes basin. Education grants are also available.
Grants will be awarded in three categories. Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded for small-scale projects in the areas of soil erosion and sediment control, best management practices (BMPs) demonstration, and information/education. Grants of up to $75,000 will be given for larger-scale projects that demonstrate the installation of BMPs.

A new category this year is the watershed-scale program. This is a four-year, two-phase grant designed to enable local watershed groups to implement soil conservation practices sufficient to virtually eliminate erosion and sedimentation in a small subwatershed. Successful applicants will receive a two-year grant for up to $125,000 that may be renewable for an additional two-year grant of up to $125,000.  

The grant program is open to nonfederal government agencies and nonprofit organizations that address sediment problems at the grass roots level. Both established and innovative practices will be considered.
Additional information and application materials are available at www.glc.org/basin/funding.html. All applications must be submitted online, with a deadline of March 15, 2006.

The program is administered by the Great Lakes Commission in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


For more information, contact:
Gary Overmier
Great Lakes Commission
Eisenhower Corporate Park
2805 S. Industrial Hwy., Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI  48104-6791

The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by the Hon. Thomas E. Huntley (Minnesota), is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency established under state and U.S. federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes‑St. Lawrence region and its residents.  The Commission consists of state legislators, agency officials and governors’ appointees from its eight member states.  Associate membership for Ontario and Québec was established through the signing of a “Declaration of Partnership.”  The Commission maintains a formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests.  The Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.