Grant Opportunities

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DEM’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.

The 2022 Open Space Grant round has been awarded! View Awardees

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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 FORMS FOR GRANT AWARDEES

 For questions or to submit an application, contact Michelle Sheehan at michelle.sheehan@dem.ri.gov or 401-222-4700 ext. 2774436

The 2022 Recreation Grant round has been awarded! View Awardees

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.

10/20/21 Pre-Application Workshop

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PREVIOUS GRANT AWARDS:

For questions, contact Lisa McGreavy at
lisa.mcgreavy@dem.ri.gov or 401-222-4700 ext. 2777611

The 2021 Recreational Trail Grant round has closed

The Recreational Trails Program provides financial assistance to municipalities and non-profit organizations for the development and maintenance of recreational trails and trail-related projects. This federally funded program receives its funding from a portion of federal gas taxes paid on fuel. 2021 Recreational Trail Awards funded by the Program were announced in June 2021.

The next grant round is pending Rhode Island receiving allocation of funds from the Federal Highway Administration.

    PUBLIC WORKSHOP

    DEM held a pre-application training workshop remotely on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 beginning at 1:30 PM. The workshop was conducted via ZOOM.

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    For questions, contact Lisa McGreavy at lisa.mcgreavy@dem.ri.gov or 401-222-4700 ext. 2777611