Friday, January 25, 2008

Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant Applications Now Available

The Department of Natural Resources today announced that communities interested in applying for grants through the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) to support outdoor recreation development have until April 1, 2008 to submit their applications. There will be an Aug. 1 secondary deadline for land acquisition applications only.

The MNRTF provides funding assistance for state and local outdoor recreation needs, including land acquisition and development of outdoor recreation facilities. This assistance is directed at creating and improving outdoor recreation opportunities and providing protection to valuable natural resources. Both local government and the DNR may compete for MNRTF assistance.

MNRTF-assisted land acquisitions preserve unique natural features and provide public access to natural resources. Development projects eligible under the MNRTF include waterfront parks, non-motorized trails and riverwalks, fishing and boating access sites, shooting ranges and other facilities. The MNRTF is supported by revenues from the development of state-owned mineral resources, in particular oil and gas. Between $25 and $35 million in MNRTF assistance is available annually.

Grant application materials can be obtained from the DNR Web site at; click on Grant Programs and then Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. Interested individuals also can call Grants Management at (517) 373-9125 or write to the Department of Natural Resources, Grants Management, P.O. Box 30425, Lansing, MI 48909-7925.

a news release of the Michigan DNR, Jan 24, 2008
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