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Mineral lease district awards $2 million in grants

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - Fourteen different projects and capital purchases put forward by local government entities will benefit from more than $2 million in funding awarded in the latest round of Garfield Federal Mineral Lease District grants.The FMLD Board of Directors announced the spring grant cycle recipients Wednesday, listing seven awards each through the traditional grant program for larger projects, and the separate mini-grant program for smaller projects.This is the third round of funding for the Garfield FMLD. The organization was formed last year to administer and distribute federal mineral lease dollars that come to Garfield County through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.Grants are awarded each spring and fall, and are limited to political subdivisions of the state, such as municipalities, school districts, fire districts and special service districts.This spring, a total of 32 grant requests were received; 16 each for the traditional and mini-grant programs, said Gregg Rippy, president of the Garfield FMLD Board of Directors."We had about $3.7 million worth of requests, which was nearly double what we were able to award this cycle," Rippy said.Last fall, the FMLD was able to award all of the grant requests received, also totaling around $2 million.The latest round of grants came to $1,936,187 worth of traditional grants, plus another $152,980 in mini grants (see recipient agencies and the projects awarded, listed with this story).About $237,000 in grants was awarded this spring beyond what was originally anticipated, Rippy said, due to an increase in federal mineral lease payments that came to the county last fall."We are starting to see some first-time applicants, as local entities become aware of the program," he said.Applicants that do not receive funding in one cycle are encouraged to re-apply during the next cycle, he said.In addition to Garfield County, Mesa, Weld and Park counties have created separate federal mineral lease districts to distribute the funding that comes to those counties. Other counties in Colorado handle their distributions through the county government.The fall 2013 grant cycle for the Garfield FMLD will begin in August, and award announcements will be made in October.jstroud@postindependent.com


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