New ODNR Program Funds Cleanups at Ohio’s Lake Erie Public Access Sites

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New ODNR Program Funds Cleanups at Ohio’s Lake Erie Public Access SitesGrant funding requests must be submitted by February 21

COLUMBUS, OH—Presenting a clean environment for those visiting Ohio’s Lake Erie coast is the goal of the new Lake Erie Cleanup small grants program, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Office of Coastal Management. The deadline to apply is February 21 at 5 p.m.

Grants will provide funding for community-based cleanup activities on public land and waterways along Ohio’s 312-mile coast. Those public places are featured in Ohio’s Lake Erie Public Access Guidebook (published July 2010) and on the companion Web site:

“Ohio has an economic asset in Lake Erie. We showcased that asset through the Public Access Guidebook so people know where to go and how to get there. But once they arrive, we want people to feel welcomed by a scene that makes them return time and time again,” said John Watkins, chief of the Office of Coastal Management. “Whether it’s spending a day at the beach or taking a week to travel the coast and view the lighthouses, visitors benefit our coastal communities.”

A total of $19,700 is available for projects this spring or fall, with a maximum funding of $5,000 per project. Groups eligible to apply for funding include Ohio counties, cities, townships, villages, solid waste management districts/authorities, soil and water conservation districts, non-profit organizations (501c3) and state agencies.

These grants require a 50 percent match, which can include cash or in-kind contributions. Clean-up activities must take place between April 1 and June 30, 2011 or between July 1 and October 31, 2011. Funds may be used for litter collection-related expenses including purchase/rental of equipment, disposal fees and public awareness materials.

Grant applications can be downloaded by selecting the “Cleanup Grants: Lake Erie Cleanup Small Grant Program” link at or from the Office of Coastal Management (105 West Shoreline Drive, Sandusky – (419) 626-7980) or the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (One Maritime Plaza, 4th Floor, Toledo  –  (419) 245-2514).

The Office of Coastal Management’s mission is to achieve a balance between the use and preservation of Lake Erie’s coastal resources in collaboration with our partners by effectively administering the Ohio Coastal Management Program.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at