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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Bicentennial Nature Trust > Guidelines Overview Guidelines Overview

To ensure availability of funds for a wide variety of projects in every corner of the state, a cap of $300,000 has been set for the BNT portion of an individual project.

BNT funds may only be used for the acquisition of land and cannot be used for capital improvements, stewardship, or programming.

The program is flexible to allow local ownership and management of acquired properties. In these instances, the state purchases a Conservation Easement to protect the property forever.

A BNT Project Committee composed of technical experts from the DNR has been established to vet project proposals and make recommendations to the Bicentennial Commission for final approval. The committee meets quarterly. Submission deadlines are as follows:

  • February 1
  • May 1
  • August 1
  • November 1

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  • In communities across the state, many people are excited and ready to honor our state’s history. Together, we can celebrate in a way that engages all residents, past and present.
  • The state has identified $20 million in state funding to support the Bicentennial Nature Trust and the Lilly Endowment contributed an additional $10 million grant.
  • As Indiana 2016 Bicentennial Commission leaders, we are privileged to play a role in a special time in our state’s history – our 200th birthday celebration. This statewide, grassroots bicentennial commemoration will strive to showcase the best of Indiana in 2016 and beyond.