Lake Erie Cleanup Grant Program
2011 Cleanup Projects
“We want to help communities enhance the economic asset Ohio has in Lake Erie. Visitors benefit our coastal communities. When visitors go to the shore, we want them to be greeted by a scene that makes them return time and again.” - John Watkins, chief of the Office of Coastal Management
New Program Funds Cleanups at Ohio’s Public Access Sites
The new Lake Erie Cleanup Grant program 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 Webpages which may be accessed by selecting the county names at right.
Groups eligible to apply for this grant funding include Ohio counties, cities, townships, villages, solid waste management districts/authorities, soil and water conservation districts, non-profit organizations (501c3), and state agencies.
The Lake Erie Cleanup Grants require a 50 percent match, which can include cash or in-kind contributions. Funds may be used for litter collection-related expenses including purchase/rental or equipment, disposal fees and public awareness materials.
For this first year of grant funding, cleanup activities will take place in one of two time-frames: April 1 to June 30, or July 1 to October 31.
The application deadline for the first round of grants was 5 pm February 21, 2011, and have not been available since. The grant application and program guidance may still be downloaded for reference purposes. Download the February 2011 Application: Word (284 KB), PDF (83 KB)
Office of Coastal Management (firstname.lastname@example.org) 419.626.7980
(geographically by county)
Lake Erie Public Access Sites: Numerous access locations in Bayview, Sandusky and Huron. (See Erie County sites Sandusky Bay Bridge east to Old Woman Creek State Nature Preserve )
Description: The communities will be responsible for organizing the clean-up crew(s), choosing access site(s) and coordinating the cleanup(s). The litter crews are asked to keep track of the number of volunteers, volunteer hours, which access site(s) are cleaned and the amount of litter collected (number of garbage bags or number of pounds).
Grant: $1,164 Total project cost: $2,338
Grantee: Erie Soil and Water Conservation District, 2900 Columbus Ave Room131, Sandusky
Contact: 419.626.5211 or www.erie-county-ohio.net/eswcd
Lake Erie Public Access Site: Sherod Park Beach
Description: Volunteers will clean up trees, litter and debris on the west and east side of 21.2-acre Sherod Park which is located northeast of the intersection of U.S. Route 6 and Coen Road in Vermilion Township. Sherod Park is adjacent to the west of the Coen Road Access, a 0.21-acre end-of-road access site. Combined, the two sites create nearly a quarter mile of coastal access to Lake Erie.
Grant: $3,445 Total project cost: $9,257
Grantee: City of Vermilion, 5511 Liberty Ave, Vermilion
Contact: 440.204.2490 or www.cityofvermilion.com
Lake Erie Public Access Site: Lakewood Park
Description: The city of Lakewood will work in partnership with Keep Lakewood Beautiful, its local Keep America Beautiful affiliate, to conduct a half-day litter pickup event at Lakewood Park from 9 am to noon on April 30, 2011.
Grant: $1,380 Total project cost: $2,885
Grantee: City of Lakewood,12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood
Contact: 216.529-6815 or www.onelakewood.com
Lake Erie Public Access Sites: Cleveland Lakefront State Parks: Edgewater Park, Euclid Beach, Villa Angela and Wildwood areas
Description: Litter cleanup activities in the Cleveland Lakefront State Park will include monthly beach cleanups and park litter pick ups at Edgewater Park and weekly beach cleanups and park litter cleanups at Euclid Beach, Villa Angela and Wildwood areas. Beach and park cleanups will last for two hours and will consist of picking up litter and recyclables, conducting routine weather observations and collecting baseline water quality data that will be recorded in the Great Lakes Basin’s Adopt-a-Beach volunteer database.
Grant: $5,000 Total project cost: $10,000
Grantee: Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, 6100 W. Canal Road, Valley View
Contact: 216.524.6580 or www.cuyahogaswcd.org
Lake Erie Public Access Sites: City of Eastlake access sites:
Quentin Road Park, Eastlake "Fishing" Seawall and Willowbeach (Willo-Way) Park
Description: Twice weekly litter pick-up and cleanup of these areas will be conducted by community service participants. With financial assistance, the city of Eastlake will pay for supplies and disposal fees. Grant: $1,017 Total project cost: $4,202
Grantee: City of Eastlake, 35150 Lakeshore Boulevard, Eastlake
Contact: 440.951.1416 or www.eastlakeohio.com
Lake Erie Public Access Sites: Mentor Beach Park and Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve beach area
Description: In this spring event, volunteers will be recruited to clean Mentor Beach Park and a section of the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve beach. Each location will be cleaned on two to three occasions during the “Keep Mentor Beautiful” program that runs from April 1 to May 31. It is part of the “The Great American Clean-Up” program which lasts from March 1 to May 31.
Grant: $1,760 Total project cost: $5,200).
Grantee: City of Mentor, 8500 Civic Center Blvd, Mentor
Contact: 440.974-5720 or www.cityofmentor.com or email@example.com
Lake Erie Public Access Sites: Mentor Beach Park, Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve and Marina, and Headlands Beach State Park
Description: In this fall event, volunteers will participate in the annual Lake Erie Coastweeks cleanup program which is organized state-wide by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission. The program runs from September 1 to early October. Volunteers will be recruited to clean Mentor Beach Park, Headlands Beach State Park, and the entire stretch of beach plus the park reserve at the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve including key spots around the marina. Each location may be done on two to three occasions over the six week period.
Grant: $1,454 Total project cost: $4,894
Grantee: City of Mentor, 8500 Civic Center Blvd, Mentor
Contact: 440.974-5720 or www.cityofmentor.com
Lake Erie Public Access Sites: Conneaut Port Authority Access
Description: The Conneaut Port Authority will cut, chip and remove large piles of brush, tires and litter from the Conneaut Port Authority Access site which is also known as the Conneaut Sandbar.
Grant: $3,923 Total project cost: $7,846
Grantee: Conneaut Port Authority, 1205 Broad St./ PO Box 218, Conneaut
Contact: 440.595.1300 or www.conneautportauthority.com
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