The director of natural resources shall establish a grant program utilizing the contributions that are paid to the bureau of motor vehicles by persons who obtain "Ohio geology" license plates pursuant to section 4503.515 of the Revised Code and are deposited into the "Ohio geology" license plate fund created by section 1505.13 of the Revised Code. The primary purpose of the program shall be the awarding of grants by the director to geology departments of colleges and universities located in this state for graduate level research conducted at locations of geological interest in this state. Subject to the amount of money in the fund, the secondary purpose of the program shall be to provide materials such as rock and mineral kits to elementary and secondary schools in this state to assist students at those schools in the study of geology.
The director shall award grants at least annually and, in its discretion, may award grants on a more frequent basis.
Amended by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 471, §1, eff. 12/19/2016.
Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.96, SB 179, §1, eff. 7/3/2012.