Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Natural Resources Trust Fund Workshops

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today that informational workshops for communities interested in applying for grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) will take place around the state in January and February.

The MNRTF provides funding assistance for state and local outdoor recreation needs, including land acquisition and development of outdoor recreation facilities. The assistance is directed at creating and improving outdoor recreational opportunities and providing protection to valuable natural resources. Both local units of government and the DNR are eligible for MNRTF assistance. The MNRTF is supported by revenues from the development of state-owned mineral resources, in particular oil and gas.

Workshops are scheduled in Flint, Alpena, Manistique, Lansing, and one in west Michigan:
  • Traverse City: Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association Conference at the Grand Traverse Resort located at 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd. in Traverse City. For more information on the conference, visit the association's Web site at
Communities and their representatives are encouraged to schedule an appointment to ask specific questions about a potential project, the application process or how to complete a successful project. Appointments are available only at the February workshops (not the Traverse City one).

Topics for all of the workshops will include applicant and project eligibility, distribution of funds, preparing applications and attachments, project selection and grantee obligations.

The grant application deadline is Tuesday, April 1, 2008.

from a news release of the Michigan DNR, Jan 14, 2008
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