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Petroleum Council offers help applying for outdoor fund grants

By Forum News Service

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Petroleum Council says it has hired a consultant to help wildlife chapters that want to apply for grants through the state’s Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Habitat Unlimited of Bismarck will work with wildlife chapters, many of which rely solely on volunteers, to develop habitat projects and offer professional grant-writing services, the Petroleum Council said in a news release Wednesday.

Council President Ron Ness noted the Outdoor Heritage Fund is funded by revenues from oil and gas taxes and “is a great resource for improving habitats and access to the outdoors now and for future generations.”

North Dakota grassroots groups and chapters that lack local full-time paid staff or resources will be given priority, the release said. Interested groups may contact Habitat Unlimited President Dave Nehring at dnehring@bek tel.com for more information.

Created by the 2013 Legislature, the Outdoor Heritage Fund is capped at $30 million for the 2013-15 biennium. The application deadline for the next grant period is Aug. 1.

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