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Grant Opportunities

RI Green Space GrantsDEM’s GREEN SPACE GRANT PROGRAMS fund land conservation, recreational land acquisition and development, and recreational trail development and improvements. Each of these programs operates 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 funds require a local matching contribution which might be fulfilled with in-kind services or cash match from the grant applicant. Eligible applicants and matching fund requirements vary by program. Please review each program carefully to determine if your organization and project is eligible for funding. DEM Staff is available to guide you in this process and to help you get started.

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LOCAL OPEN SPACE GRANTS

The 2020 Open Space Grant round is now open.
The application deadline is October 25, 2019.

This grant program provides up to 50% matching funds to municipalities, land trusts and non-profit conservation land organizations to preserve valuable open space throughout the state. Applications are scored by the Rhode Island Natural Heritage Preservation Commission Advisory Committee and submitted to the Natural Heritage Preservation Commission for approval.

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For questions or to submit an application, contact Michelle Sheehan at michelle.sheehan@dem.ri.gov or 401-222-2776 ext. 4436


OUTDOOR RECREATION GRANTS

The 2020 Recreation Grant round is now open.
The application deadline is December 11, 2019.

This grant program provides matching funds to cities and towns and recognized Native American tribes for the acquisition, development and renovation of outdoor recreational lands and facilities. The program is funded through State bonds. Funding categories include Large Recreation Development grants (up to 80% matching funds to a maximum of $400,000), Small Recreation Development Grants (up to 80% matching funds to a maximum of $100,000), and Recreation Acquisition grants (up to 50% matching funds to a maximum of $400,000). Applications are scored by the Recreation Resources Review Committee and submitted to the DEM Director for approval.

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