The Indiana DNR’s Lake Michigan Coastal Program will hold a meeting to seek public input on funding priorities for the 2012 funding cycle of the Coastal Grants Program on June 15 in Portage.

The meeting will take place at Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, 6100 Southport Road, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The LMCP is an annual competitive grants program that awards funds to units of local government, regional and state agencies, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations. The program’s funds may be expended on public access or habitat improvements, land acquisition, planning and coordination, education and outreach, and applied research projects.

Projects must be located entirely within the Lake Michigan Coastal area, the northern portions of Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties. Since 2001, the Coastal Grants Program has funded more than $10 million in projects.

The LMCP was created to coordinate efforts between local, state and federal governments, as well as local organizations, and to support projects that protect and restore natural, cultural and historical resources in Indiana’s Lake Michigan Coastal region.The LMCP is funded through the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Coastal Resource Management.

For more information, visit the program’s website: http://www.in.gov/dnr/lakemich.

Contact:

Mike Molnar, DNR LMCP program manager, (317) 233-0132

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