Grants of approximately $30,000 each will be awarded
in the areas of program and grant assistance; best management
practices (BMP) demonstration; and information/education.
Several grants of approximately $100,000 will also be
awarded for large-scale BMP demonstration projects.
The grant program, administered by the Great Lakes
Commission, is open to nonprofit agencies and nonfederal
units of government. Proposed projects must be within
the U.S. portion of the Great Lakes basin to be eligible.
Of special interest are proposals addressing agricultural
conservation treatment, urban erosion control, forest
logging and road maintenance, and shoreline/streambank/bluff
stabilization. Other priorities include the emerging
issues of total maximum daily loads, natural stream/shoreline
restoration and continuous year-round cropland cover.
Grant applications are now being accepted online at
www.glc.org/basin/RFP.html. The application deadline
is Jan. 17, 2003.
The program, a federal/state partnership authorized
under the Farm Bill and funded through the U.S. Department
of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service,
has supported more than 200 demonstration and technical
projects to date. For more information, including examples
of previously funded projects, visit www.glc.org/basin
and the associated links.
Project Manager, Resource Management
Great Lakes Commission
Web site: http://www.glc.org/