August & September 2012
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Clean Ohio Funds Application Schedule

Communities in Lucas County are invited to apply for grants to preserve open space. The Clean Ohio Fund has allocated $1,267,184 for nonprofit organizations to preserve wetlands, parkland, or other open spaces. Applicants must provide a minimum 25 percent in local matching funds. The Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) will hold a meeting for potential applicants to discuss the program, its goals, and to answer questions.

  • Thursday, September 6 at 10:30 a.m.: Informational meeting at TMACOG. Potential applicants are strongly urged to attend.
  • Tuesday, November 13 at 5 p.m.: Applications due at TMACOG
  • Monday, December 31, 2012: Recommendations announced

Application forms and program information can be found on the TMACOG website here, or on the Clean Ohio website here. For paper copies, please contact Joy Minarcin at TMACOG, 419.241.9155 ext. 128. For more information, contact Kurt Erichsen at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.

Since the inception of the Clean Ohio Fund in 2001, the Ohio General Assembly has appropriated $200 million for conservation projects in Ohio. Lucas County (District 12) has received six rounds of grants that have preserved natural areas. These projects have returned more than $8 million dollars to Lucas County for protection of open spaces and wetlands. Previous projects in Lucas County include several projects managed by the Metroparks of the Toledo Area that support the Metroparks’ efforts in the Oak Openings Region. Other recipients have included the Olander Park System, which purchased 51.5 acres, adding to the existing Sylvan Prairie Park, a 106-acre park at 8601 Brint Road in Sylvania

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