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GLIN==> FUNDING OPPORTUNITY for Erosion and Sediment Control Projects

Erosion and Sediment Control FUnding Available for Projects to Prevent Erosion, Address Sediment Control

Ann Arbor, Mich.óDoes your organization have an erosion prevention or sediment control project you would like to implement?  If so, the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control may be able to help fund it.   The Great Lakes Basin Program's FY2002 request for proposals (RFP) is now available from the Great Lakes Commission.  Since 1991, the Great Lakes Basin Program has supported 182 projects totaling almost $5.25 million dollars.

These projects protect and improve Great Lakes water quality by controlling erosion and sedimentation, limiting the input of associated nutrients and toxic contaminants, and minimizing sources of sediment to the Great Lakes and their tributaries.  Projects may demonstrate effective erosion control techniques, provide program and technical assistance, or address information and education needs.  Applications are due by 6 p.m. (EST) on Jan. 16, 2002.

Eligible applicants include units of state, county and municipal government; tribal authorities; watershed councils; soil and water conservation districts; academic institutions; environmental groups; and other nonfederal public entities or nonprofit organizations in the United States.

The Great Lakes Basin Program is a joint federal and state initiative with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service and program coordination provided by the Great Lakes Commission.  A regional Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Task Force oversees the program and determines funding priorities.

"The Great Lakes Basin Program has helped fill a gap for natural resource protection in the Great Lakes basin by providing grants to a wide variety of local resource management agencies and nongovernmental organizations to undertake many innovative projects," said Task Force Chair, Jim Bredin, Assistant to the Director, Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  "One strength of the Basin Program is its ability to get funds quickly to successful applicants, allowing the project officers to implement goals in a timely manner."

This year, applications are only being accepted electronically which will streamline the proposal review process.  Request for proposals available on-line at:  http://www.glc.org/basin/RFP.html

If you have questions regarding the proposal process, please contact Tom Crane at tcrane@glc.org or 734-665-9135.