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Contact: Mike Molnar
Phone: 317-233-0132
For Immediate Release: Oct 24, 2005
Learn about Lake Michigan Coastal Program Nov. 15

Grant program to hold evening workshop for 2006 funding cycle

Communities and local organizations interested in applying for the Lake Michigan Coastal Program's 2006 funding cycle may attend a workshop on Nov. 15 at the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission, 6100 Southport Road, Portage, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

At the workshop, community members and local organizations looking for funding to implement projects in Northwest Indiana can seek input on project eligibility and receive answers to their application questions.

"This is a special evening edition of our Grants Workshop Series," said Mike Molnar, manager of the Lake Michigan Coastal Program (LMCP). "If you haven’t been able to attend the meetings before due to a daytime job, then come find out what the program has to offer on the 15th."

The LMCP funds a variety of projects every year with goals of properly planning, managing or protecting the natural, cultural and historical resources of Indiana’s Lake Michigan watershed. For the 2006 funding cycle, the LMCP will seek applications for large-scale projects that involve low-cost construction, acquisition, education and outreach, and planning/coordination/management. The small grants projects involve outreach and education as well as resource management. Applications are due on or before Dec. 20, 2005. Funding will be made available in August 2006.

The LMCP awards up to $850,000 to units of local government, regional and state agencies, colleges and universities, as well as non-profit organizations.

Projects eligible for grant funding must be located entirely in the northern portion of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties. For a map of the grant area, visit the following web site: The LMCP’s updated application and guidance are available for download at, or you can request copies by email at

Run by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Nature Preserves, the LMCP is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Coastal Resource Management. The purpose of the program is to preserve, protect, restore and (where possible) develop the resources of the coast for this and succeeding generations; and to achieve wise use of the land and water resources of the coastal region, giving full consideration to ecological, cultural, historic and values, as well as to economic development needs.

For more information about the LMCP, please visit: or contact Mike Molnar, program manager, at 317-233-0132 or

For a complete list of projects currently receiving funding, please visit:

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