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For Immediate Release
March 19, 2020

Lake Erie Protection Fund Grants Available through Ohio Lake Erie Commission

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission announces applications are available for the Lake Erie Protection Fund Grant for projects in the Ohio Lake Erie watershed. Grants up to $50,000 will be considered during the current grant cycle. Applications are due May 1, 2020 with selections to be announced at the Ohio Lake Erie Commission meeting on June 17, 2020. Projects should address at least one of the Draft 2020 Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan Strategic Objectives

For application materials and guidance, visit the Lake Erie Protection Fund program online at Lake Erie Protection Fund Grant

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission administers the Ohio’s Lake Erie Protection Fund, which was established to finance research and on-the-ground projects aimed at protecting, preserving and restoring Lake Erie and its watershed. Projects focus on critical issues facing Lake Erie including nutrient reduction, beneficial use of dredged material, habitats, invasive species, beaches and recreational use, and travel and tourism. 

The Fund is supported through tax-deductible donations online via PayPal, by check, or through purchase of a Lake Erie license plate featuring the Marblehead Lighthouse, Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, or Lake Erie life preserver. More than $12 million has been distributed to more than 365 projects since 1993. 

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission was established for the purpose of preserving Lake Erie's natural resources, protecting the quality of its waters and ecosystem, and promoting economic development in the region. The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development Services, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and seven additional members of the public appointed by the governor.

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For more information, contact:
Lynn Garrity, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(614) 506-0619

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