Rhode Island offers grants to help preserve green space

Trish Haerinck Cram

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Communities and organizations across Rhode Island are eligible to apply for a portion of $3 million in matching grants to protect valuable green space, according to the state Department of Environmental Management.

Funding provided through the 2016 Green Economy Bond and the 2018 Green Economy and Clean Water Bond — which Rhode Island voters approved by a margin of almost 80% last November — is capitalizing the grants.

Awards up to $400,000 — which may cover up to half of the project cost — will help preserve lands that offer significant natural, ecological or agricultural value by direct purchase or conservation easement.

In addition to the grants, funding is available to cover some costs associated with appraisal, title and survey services.

The application deadline is Oct. 29.

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