$1.6 million now available in mineral lease grants

Attention Mesa County nonprofit agencies, special districts and local governments: There may be money available for your group, but you’ll need to act quickly.

A total of $1.6 million from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs is up for grabs through the new Mesa County Federal Mineral Leasing District grant program for projects that qualify as economic or community development, or those that assist with social services.

The new grant program is the result of House Bill 11-1218, signed into law on May 11.

The purpose of the legislation was to establish mineral lease districts for receipt of federal mineral lease funds in a way that those funds are not subtracted from payments in lieu of taxes made by the Department of the Interior.

Eligibility requirements of applicants and allocation of funds are handled at the county level in those counties impacted by energy development.

The Mesa County FML District Board adopted as a foundation for funding those projects that help make the community an epicenter for energy innovation.

That goal is a spin-off of this year’s Mesa County Economic Development priorities, a strategic effort involving 600 business and community members.

Applications for the grants are due in a month, Nov. 17, and plans for the funds must be executed within a year and projects completed within two years.

Agencies must prove they can match a grant award with 30 percent of a project’s costs, with at least 10 percent of that match in cash.

“We want projects that leverage as much community partnerships as possible,” said Chris Reddin, who is working as a consultant on the project. “It’s not very often you get to say ‘We’ve got 1.6 million that we’d like to give to the community.’ “

To view and download a copy of the grant application, go to http://www.mesaFML.org.


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