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Fewer grants available

ELIZABETHTOWN - Half of the money handed out during the initial round of Adirondack Smart Growth grants in 2007 will be available for the current round of grants to be awarded this year.

Municipalities in the Adirondack Park have until March 18 to apply for the second round of Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Planning Grants, administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The DEC announced in October 2010 that about $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) will be available to fund the projects, which are required to be consistent with Smart Growth principles.

In October 2007, the DEC announced that $1 million from the EPF would be available for Smart Growth planning projects in the Adirondack Park. In all, 50 applications were filed, requesting $3 million, and 18 projects were awarded funding.

The Smart Growth grants will be awarded from a pool of proposals for planning initiatives that "link environmental protection, economic development and community livability within the special conditions of the Adirondack Park," according to the DEC.

The projects need to be geared toward at least one of three categories: 1. Village, Hamlet and Town Center Revitalization; 2. Sustainable Economic Development; and 3. Cultural, Environmental and Natural Adirondack Resources.

In addition, grants can be categorized as one of three types of projects: local (one municipality), regional (three or more municipalities), or parkwide (multiple municipalities with a parkwide scope). In each case, only one municipality will be listed as the applicant.

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