Grants awarded from money raised by Mount Charleston license plates

Award recipients for the third cycle of the Mt. Charleston License Plate Grant Program have been named, but the check is coming from a new sender.

The program is funded by fees collected from individuals who purchase the Mount Charleston license plate. Administration of the program recently was transferred from the State Division of Lands to Clark County to allow for local administration.

The State Division of Lands transferred the balance in the license plate account, $320,582.91, to Clark County, which took receipt of the funds around Aug. 31.

Six projects in the latest round were approved for funding totaling $118,744.05.

The grants will be awarded to the following projects:

n Spring Mountains Conservancy: The project will fund a visitors’ guide for the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area to help reduce visitors’ impact to the environment and provide for a more enjoyable experience.

Total cost of project — $29,350

Grant amount awarded — $16,000

n Pahrump Arts Council: Keeper of the Well. This project is Phase 2 of the Keeper of the Well children’s educational program. Phase 2 is slated to continue telling the environmental stewardship story of the Keeper by publishing a picture book suitable for pre school-level children. Phase 2 also plans to include a comprehensive flora and fauna study of the Wheeler Well area and the west side of the Spring Mountains.

Total cost of project — $28,687

Grant amount awarded — $20,497

n Friends of Nevada Wilderness: Mud Springs plans call for an enclosure fence to repair and replace previous fencing protecting the springs and for a rehabilitation project.

Total cost of project — $17,380

Grant amount awarded — $5,650

n Friends of Nevada Wilderness: Money is to be devoted to community outreach brochures, wilderness education, volunteer engagement brochures and bookmarks.

Total cost of project — $22,000

Grant amount awarded — $13,000

n Mt. Charleston Volunteer Fire Department: Asked for funds to purchase rescue equipment and advanced life-support equipment for fire department apparatus.

Total requested in two grant proposals — $63,597.05

Grant amount awarded for both grants — $63,597.05.

Funding agreements between Clark County and the Round 3 grant recipients are being finalized and are scheduled to be presented to the Clark County Commission for approval at its Oct. 18 meeting.

The projects then can begin and project expenses paid on a reimbursement basis.

Round 4 requests for proposal are expected to go out early next year.

In the interim, Clark County and the various stakeholders with a presence in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area will meet to discuss enhancements to the current license plate program requirements and regulations to make it more accessible to grass-roots organizations.

Motorists who select the plate at the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles pay $25 the first year and $20 each subsequent year into a dedicated fund. Any novelty plate is $61 initially. The $25 (and subsequent $20) fees are devoted just to this project.

About 3,000 vehicles have the plates.

Contact Centennial and North Las Vegas View reporter Maggie Lillis at or 477-3839.

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