Applications due March 3 for federal mineral lease district grants

Applications will be accepted until March 3 for the latest round of grants distributed by the Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District.

The district distributes federal mineral leasing funds to local public entities to support infrastructure, construction and public service projects. Grants are available under programs to support large-scale public works and capital projects as well as mini grants of up to $50,000 for smaller projects. The evaluation includes such criteria as the ability to address the effects of energy extraction, long-term value and sustainability.

The district has accumulated about $1.2 million in funding for the 2016 grant cycles.

For online grant applications and more information, visit the district Web site at www.mesaFML.org. Public comments also are welcome at district board meetings. The next meeting is set for 2 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Home Loan Building located at 205 N. Fourth St. in Grand Junction.