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Falk Announces Grant Programs for Conservation Projects

For more information contact:

Mindy Habecker, 608-224-3718

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/2/2008

Issued By: County Executive
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(Madison)…Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and the Dane County Environmental Council announced today the County is accepting applications for two grant programs designed to support projects that improve, protect, and enhance Dane County's land and water resources.

As part of Falk's Land and Water Legacy Initiative, the Capital Equipment Grant Program will award up to $5,000 for organizations to assist with the purchase or rental or lease of equipment or contracted service used for conservation projects that benefit Dane County residents. In addition, the Community Partners Grant Program will provide up to $1,000 for small projects that promote environmental education, conservation and restoration.

"There are many dedicated conservation organizations working to improve our environment," said Falk. "Through these grants, we become an active partner in their work to enhance special places for Dane County's residents to enjoy."

This is the second year the grants have been offered. They’re administered by the Dane County Environmental Council, are competitive, and awards must be matched by the recipients. Completed application forms are due on February 29th, 2008.

The Dane County Environmental Council is appointed by Falk and confirmed by the County Board. The Council's mission is to assist groups in recognizing and protecting natural areas in Dane County and to assume an educational role in the awareness, conservation and protection of the environment.

Grant applications can be downloaded from the Dane County Environmental Council website at: http://www.countyofdane.com/commissions/environmentalcouncil . For more information, contact Mindy Habecker at habecker@co.dane.wi.us or 224-3718.

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