Spring 2016 Grant Awards Announced


Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District Funding Serves to Jump-start a Series of New Projects.


GRAND JUNCTION, CO – The Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District Board of Directors announced its awards for the Spring 2016 Grant Cycle at their monthly board meeting on April 13. The board voted to make awards totaling $285,075.

Awards in the Traditional Grant Program totaled $175,000, and were made to:

  • Clifton Sanitation District in the amount of $75,000 for their Wastewater Master Plan Update;
  • Mesa County Valley School District 51 in the amount of $100,000 for their Security Classroom Lock Replacement project.

Awards in the Mini Grant Program totaled $110,075 and were made to:

  • Town of De Beque in the amount of $50,000 for their De Beque Street Repairs project;
  • City of Fruita in the amount for $25,000 for their Fruita Downtown Utility & Streetscape Improvements;
  • Palisade Rural Fire Department in the amount of $35,075 for their Self-contained Breathing Apparatus.

Many of the Spring Grant awards have been made to entities that are in the planning and development phase for larger community projects. The funding of Clifton’s Wastewater Master Plan, De Beque’s Street Repairs project, and Fruita Downtown Utility & Streetscape Improvements represent the District’s commitment to helping our community with future large-scale development and enhancement.

The MCFMLD oversees the distribution of energy extraction funds to local public entities by providing financial support to serve the infrastructure, construction, and public service needs of our community. This function is accomplished through funding semiannual grant cycles; one in the spring and one in the fall. The Fall 2016 Grant Cycle will begin in August, with award announcements anticipated in October.

Funding levels are determined by the amount of Federal Mineral Lease revenue generated through natural extraction activities on our public lands within Mesa County. The MCFMLD expects to grant up to $1,000,000 in their next funding cycle.

For more information on the Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District, please visit our website at www.mesaFML.org.

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