Mineral leasing district seeks grant applications

Applications will be accepted until Sept. 8 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 the traditional program to support large-scale public works and capital projects. The mini grant program awards grants of up to $50,000 for smaller projects.

The competitive evaluation process includes such criteria as the ability to address the effects of energy extraction, long-term value and sustainability. Awards will be announced as soon as Oct. 12.

The district has accumulated about $1.2 million in funding for the 2016 grant cycles, a portion of the money the federal government collects from leasing public lands in Mesa County for energy development.

Grant applications and additional information is available from the district Web site located at