Federal mineral lease grant applications available

Applications are available for this year’s round of grants from the Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District.

The district, which offered grants for the first and so far only time in 2011, has saved $1.9 million in federal mineral lease revenue last year and $1 million this year to spend on grants. How much of that $2.9 million will be spent this year will depend on how many and what type of applications the district receives, according to FML Grant Program Coordinator Chris Reddin.

The district spent $1.6 million on grants in 2011.

Any state agency or political subdivision of the state is eligible to apply for grant money, including municipalities, county governments and smaller districts like sewer, fire protection and library districts. Reddin said all local town, city and county governments know about the grant program, but she wants to spread the word to the 99 smaller districts in the county that applications are available.

“The mini grant in particular is ideal for little districts. Some can be hard to reach because they don’t have email addresses or a website,” Reddin said.

The federal mineral lease district allows applicants to choose to apply for either a mini grant, which awards up to $50,000 for projects, or a traditional grant, which can provide up to $1 million for one entity. Grant money will be limited to funding for planning, construction or maintenance of public facilities and public services like health, safety, transportation and education.

Applications will be accepted through Nov. 15. Each application question will be graded by Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District Board members and the applications with the highest scores will be considered for funding. Awards will be announced as soon as December.


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