On September 12th, the Lake County Stormwater Management Comission (SMC) announced the availability of funding of another round of their Watershed Management Board (WNB) Grants. These have been available on a yearly cycle. The official announcement can be located here:
This grant cycle includes another round of their Watershed Management Assistance Grants (WMAG) routinely focused for capacity building of watershed protection groups.
The grants have a cost cap upwards of 20K and can be reduced downward from that value depending on the competition of other applicants and merit of the provided application. One of the main objectives of these grants is to identify partnerships, so a good application should include a thorough investigation into who may all benefit from the project and an emphasis through letters of support when available.
The grants are separated by one of the four main watersheds identified in Lake County, Illinois; the Fox River, The Des Plaines River, the North Branch of the Chicago River, or Lake Michigan. These grants are significant because they can defray costs of smaller projects; specifically those for schools, municipalities, or even individual property owners who typically have limited funds. These are great for shoreline restoration and pond retrofits.
There is a much more thorough breakdown of the application process located on the link provided above. Grant applications are due on the 6th of October and do require signature from a WMB representative identified in the submittal packet.
We hope to have a more complete Blog Post regarding grants later in the year.
Best of Luch from IllinoisLakes and the Illinois Lakes Management Association (ILMA)!
~p0sted by Admin