The Nebraska Environmental Trust will provide $16.7 million in lottery proceeds to support 85 projects across the state this year.

The Environmental Trust’s board voted in April to approve 33 newly funded grants and 52 carry-over projects, all of them dedicated to preserving and protecting the state’s air, water and land.

Grants include $975,000 to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for development of an outdoor venture park at Schramm State Recreation Area and $494,000 to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo for expansion plans.

Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Environmental Trust has provided grants to more than 2,000 projects totaling over $265 million in 24 years. Anyone can apply — citizens, conservation organizations, communities, businesses and individuals — that want to protect Nebraska’s natural habitat, improve water quality and quantity or find ways to manage our waste.