Nebraska Environmental Trust Sees Uptick in Grant Applications
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A
state agency that awards grants for Nebraska environmental projects is
seeing an uptick in requests as other funding sources dwindle.
Nebraska Environmental Trust has received 125 new applications this
year, up from 110 in each of the previous two years. The applicants are
asking for a combined $66 million, the largest request the trust has
Applicants include Nebraska cities, nonprofits and
state agencies. Mark Brohman, the trust's executive director, says some
have turned to the trust because of cuts to federal and state grant
Unlike many state agencies, the trust is financed
through Nebraska Lottery revenue and interest payments. Grants from the
trust are used for projects to improve groundwater, air quality, soil,
natural habitats, municipal waste and recycling.