DNR Lake Michigan Coastal Program seeks input on funding

The Lake Michigan Coastal Program (LMCP) is seeking public input on
funding priorities for the 2019 funding cycle of the Coastal Grants

A public kickoff meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 18 at the
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, 1000 Riverwalk Drive.

The meeting will begin with a presentation about the Coastal Grants
Program. The public can talk with LMCP staff and Coastal Advisory Board
(CAB) members and provide suggestions for projects that should receive
priority consideration during the grants process.

If you can’t attend the meeting, you can submit suggestions to Sarah
Nimetz, LMCP grant specialist, at snimetz@dnr.IN.gov
<mailto:snimetz@dnr.IN.gov>. Input will be accepted until May 18.

The CAB will take public suggestions into consideration and will vote on
which priorities to adopt for the 2019 funding cycle at the June 20 CAB
meeting, at 6:30 p.m. This meeting also will be open to the public;
however, public input will not be sought at that time.

The LMCP is an annual competitive grants program that awards funds to
units of local government, regional and state agencies, colleges and
universities, and non-profit organizations. Funds can be spent on public
access or habitat improvements, land acquisition, planning and
coordination, education and outreach, applied research, and emerging
issues projects. The public can submit multiple funding priority
suggestions for each category. Projects must be entirely within the Lake
Michigan coastal area, which encompasses the northern portions of Lake,
Porter and LaPorte counties.

With an allocation of approximately $600,000 per year, the Coastal
Grants Program has provided more than $13 million to local partners
since 2001.

The LMCP provides technical and financial assistance, coordinates
efforts between local, state and federal governments and local
non-profit organizations, and supports projects that protect and restore
natural, cultural and historical resources in Indiana’s Lake Michigan
coastal region.

The LMCP is funded through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Coastal Management.

For more information, visit dnr.IN.gov/lakemich


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