FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2000
RECORD LEVEL OF FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL BOATING ACCESS PROJECTS
THROUGH THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
COLUMBUS, OH -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is accepting applications through April 1 for a record $5.6 million in boating access grants for improvement projects across the state over the next two years.
The new funding level, made possible by a reformulation of the portion of the state fuel tax allocated to Ohio's Waterways Safety Fund, represents a $3.6 million increase over previous years.
Local communities may apply for a variety of boating access projects, including new launch ramps or docks, and improvements or repairs at existing boating facilities. The grant program is administered by the ODNR Division of Watercraft.
Grant proposals are scored on a competitive basis and awarded based on the project's overall score and funding availability. New guidelines have been developed to help smaller communities and agencies qualify for these grant funds.
“With a record increase in grant funds, and improved opportunities for smaller communities to obtain grants, Ohio boaters will have increased access to streams, rivers and lakes across the state,” said Division of Watercraft Chief Jeffrey Hoedt.
Further information and application materials for the Ohio Cooperative Boating Facility Grant program is available on the Division of Watercraft's Grant Opportunities web page at: www.dnr.state.oh.us/odnr/watercraft or by calling (614) 265-6480.
For Further Information Contact:
ODNR Division of Watercraft
ODNR Media Relations