Ocqueoc Center Tied for Top Grant Request
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:10:01 EST

By all outward appearances, the Friends of the Ocqueoc Outdoor Center in Presque Isle County could receive a multi thousand dollar grant for renovations and repairs.

Resident Mary Ann Heidemann volunteered her grant writing and administrative skills, working with the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG). She recently told county commissioners that the grant was one of two tied for first place in the state "Passport Grant" program. "There's no doubt that it will be financed", she said, adding 64 grant requests were submitted.

The former Civilian Conservation Corps facility was built in the 1930s, taken over by the Department of Natural Resources and eventually given to the county for a park and public use area.

A study of costs for various maintenance projects totaled nearly 98-thousand dollars ($97,800.00). An application was made to the DNR Land and Waters Conservation Fund for over 73-thousand dollars ($73,300.00), while a 25 percent (25%) match amounting to 24-thousand 500 dollars ($24,500.00) is required. A majority of that has been raised from private contributions.

Heidemann explained that the award does not have to go through the state Natural Resources Recreation Trust Grant process. Grant dollars can include 15 percent of design costs, and the county share could be quite small as in-kind services can be credited.

Earlier this year, The Friends of the Ocqueoc Outdoor Center achieved non-profit status as the first step to become eligible for grant dollars for facility upgrades.


Mary Ann Heidemann gives commissioners a grant update.


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