The Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) Charitable Fund supports charitable and educational programs, projects and activities that protect, preserve and enhance the quality of area lakes and their environs.

The COLA Charitable Fund seeks proposals for up to $1,500. They consider grant applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and community groups. The geographic eligibility area is Hubbard County and watersheds that impact Hubbard County.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, restoration of critical shoreline habitat, buffer strips, rain gardens, shoreline erosion, redirect stormwater run-off, AIS prevention, vegetation mapping and education strategies in cooperation with shoreline restoration projects, public awareness, specialized sampling research, and limited support for scientific studies.

Eligible projects can be used as a local match for Clean Water Legacy Amendment grants or Board of Soil and Water Resources (BSWR) grants.

For every $1 contributed by the COLA Charitable Fund, applicant must match $1 toward the project. Matches can be comprised of volunteer labor, in-kind services, donated materials, and/or cash. In-kind match of labor / volunteers can be estimated at $12.00 per hour for unskilled activities.

The deadline is March 1, 2020. For more information, visit www.hubbardcolamn.org/hc-cola-charitable-fund--grant.html. All grants will be awarded by June 1, 2020.