Application period opens for Green Space funding

By Trevor Hubert -

LIMA — The District 13 Natural Resource Assistance Council (NRAC) has announced that the application period is now open for those looking to receive Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Funding. Applications are open to local governments and non-profits in Allen and surrounding counties.

The goal of the funding is to preserve and protect Ohio’s natural areas and streams, as well as create new opportunities for outdoor recreation.

“Green space funds are used to acquire public lands and put them into a perpetual care and availability to the public for both conservation needs as well as green space recreational access,” said NRAC District 13 Chairman Howard Elstro. “There are multiple public lands in Allen County that have been acquired by the city of Lima or by Johnny Appleseed that have become permanent, open, green space parks.”

Elstro also said that the funding is focused on conservation and preservation, which means the money won’t go toward putting up any new playgrounds or athletic facilities. Oftentimes, the funding is targeted toward areas of land containing rivers and streams, in order to help clean the water before it hits the watershed.

The application period will be open for six months, ending on January 22, 2022. Applications can be submitted to Howard Elstro at 50 Town Square in Lima.

By Trevor Hubert

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