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Grant Opportunities

RI Green Space GrantsWe administer several important grant programs to facilitate land conservation, recreational land acquisition and development, and recreational trail development and improvements. Each of these programs is administered by a Division staff member under a set of rules and regulations with Committee and Department oversight. The grant programs rely on State bond funding and Federal program funds. All have a match component which might be fulfilled with in-kind services or cash match from the grant applicant. Eligible applicants vary by program. Please review each program carefully to determine if your organization and project is eligible for funding. Staff is available to guide you in this process and to help you get started.

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This grant program provided up to 50% matching funds to municipalities, land trusts and non-profit conservation land organizations to preserve valuable open space in our State. Applications were scored by the Rhode Island Natural Hertiage Preservation Commission Advisory Committee and submitted to the DEM Director for approval. View Awardees


  • This past round, DEM will provided up to $4 million for projects with a maximum grant of up to $400,000
  • Awardees were eligible for reimbursement of up to 50% of appraisal, title, and survey costs associated with the project
  • Rules and Regulations for the Rhode Island Natural Heritage Preservation Commission
  • Grant Scoring Criteria (NEW)





For questions or to submit an application, contact Michelle Sheehan at or 401-222-2776 ext. 4436

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2018 grants awarded April 24, 2018

The next grant round is pending voter approval of the 2018 Green Economy and Clean Water Bond in November 2018

Matching funds to cities and towns for the acquisition, development and renovation of outdoor recreational facilities are funded through state bonds and the Federal Land & Water Conservation Fund. Funding categories include Large Recreation Development grants (up to $300K, 20% match), Small Recreation Development Grants (up to $100K, 20% match), and Recreation Acquisition grants (up to $300,000, 50% match). Applications are scored by the Recreation Resources Review Committee and recommendations are submitted to DEM's Director for approval.






Planning & Development
Megan DiPrete, Chief
235 Promenade St., Room 320
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-222-2776 ext. 4316
Fax: 401-222-2591