BY BENJAMIN J. GOHS, EDITOR
Boyne City officials think a federal grant opportunity could help them fund at least part of the purchase of the 475 North Lake St. waterfront open space property.
The Boyne City Commission voted unanimously last week to apply for the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) grant, which could give the city over a million dollars.
“This is in regard to our ongoing process to acquire the open space property,” Boyne City Assistant Planner Patrick Kilkenny told commissioners at their regular Tuesday Aug. 23 meeting.
According to Kilkenny, the maximum amount the city could apply for is $1.5 million but the typical range of awards are expected to be between $100,000 and $100,000,000.
“Projects that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, or aesthetic values qualify,” he said.
An equal amount of matching funds is required to obtain the grant. The matching funds may not be federally sourced but they can come from state or local coffers.
Kilkenny said the city could use funds won from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant—if the city is successful in receiving any—to leverage moneys from the CELCP grant. The city applied for the trust fund grant moneys back in April.
Project funding winners will be announced likely between Sept. 1 and Oct. 1 of 2017.
“This would be the third grant that we’d be applying for on this property,” said Boyne City Manager Michael Cain.
The third grant is $10,000 sought from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.
The CELCP fund is anticipated to have $1.5 million to $2 million in its next funding cycle—that amount is what would be available nationwide.
Cain said the process will be highly competitive, and he does not think the city would get the full $1.5 million from the CELCP grant.
But, he said, it is worth applying for at least some of the funds necessary to buy the open space property which he said will cost nearly $3.2 million.
Commissioners voted 5-0 to allow city staff to apply for the grant.