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RI Department of Environmental Management
DEM OFFERS GRANTS TO COMMUNITIES FOR YOUTH LITTER AND CONSERVATION CORPS
Up to $165,000 Will Be Awarded to Communities and Non-Profit Agencies for Cleanup and Conservation
PROVIDENCE - The Youth Litter Corps is taking on a new look! Starting this year, it will be the Youth Litter and Conservation Corps (YLCC), ready to take on conservation projects as well as cleanups.
Jan Reitsma, Director of the Department of Environmental Management, today announced that up to $165,000 is available in grants to municipalities and non-profit agencies through DEM's OSCAR program (Ocean State Cleanup and Recycling). Each award winner will receive up to $5,637 to employ high school students as well as people with disabilities in the renamed Corps. YLCC Clean Teams will continue to perform cleanups on roadsides and in other public places within their communities, but up to half their time will be spent on other conservation and environmental projects.
Director Reitsma says, "The Youth Litter and Conservation Corps has been one of DEM's most successful programs since it began in 1985. Thousands of young people and people with disabilities have worked to clean up their communities. This year we're revamping the Corps. The communities and agencies we've funded have told us they want the opportunity for the Clean Teams to do more than pick up trash, although that's very important. From now on, we're encouraging them to take on a wider variety of activities. But the focus will continue to be on young people working to improve their communities and to learn about the environment."
Here are some of the activities that the revamped Clean Teams can do in their communities:
Grant applications from municipalities and 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations must be received by January 28. For more information, call DEM's Eileen Marino at 222-3434 ext. 4435, send an e-mail to her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to her at DEM's OSCAR Program at 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908.