The Nebraska Environmental Trust is considering how to dole out its next round of grant funding.
Application requests number 112 this year and total $42,320,516. The grants are funded by proceeds of the Nebraska Lottery.
Mark Brohman, executive director of the Trust, says that is a little lower than last year.
“As far as your odds, this was a better year to put in, for sure,” Brohman tells Nebraska Radio Network. “The last few years, we’ve seen that amount go up a little bit each year, so this is the first year we’ve seen kind of a drop, and I’m not sure why that is. I really expected to see 130 to 140 applications and in that 66 to 70 million dollars in request, so it was down considerably.”
Brohman says technical experts will review the requests and a committee will then score them.
“We score all 112 of these applications and then the grants committee will make a recommendation on how much to give to which grants,” he says. “Then they present that to the full board in February. The full board can accept that recommendation or turn it back to the grants committee to modify.”
Brohman says the public can comment on applications at a meeting on April 4, 2018, or submit letters of support or opposition until then.
“If someone is in favor of a project or opposed to a project or they think it’s a bad idea or a waste of money, they can comment,” Brohman says.
Brohman says public comments will be taken at the board’s meeting April 4th.
You can find a summary of the requests HERE.
Comments on the grant applications should be sent to:
Nebraska Environmental Trust, 700 S 16th Street, PO Box 94913, Lincoln, NE 68509-4913
or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:40]