Applications sought for lease district grants

Applications will be accepted through Sept. 7 for the latest round of grants from 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 that address the effects of energy development. About $220,000 in funds will be available for the fall 2018 grant cycle. All funds stay in Mesa County.

Grants are available under a traditional program to support large-scale public works and capital projects as well as public service projects that address health, safety and welfare. The mini grant program awards up to $50,000 for smaller projects.

Grant applications will be accepted until 3 p.m. Sept. 7. Grant application presentations are set for a district board of directors meeting set for Sept. 19. Awards will be announced as soon as Oct. 17.

Since 2012, the district has awarded more than $6.5 million to organizations in Mesa County, funding projects in nearly every community in the county.

The Clifton Fire Protection District recently completed $175,000 in upgrades and repairs to its fire station, a project funded in part by a $123,099 grant from the Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District.

Grant applications and additional information is available from the district website at