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Rhode Island offers $4M in grants to protect open space

July 28, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state is offering $4 million in grants to help communities and local groups protect open space.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management announced the availability of the grants Friday, through the Open Space Grant Program.

The funding is provided through green economy bonds approved by voters in 2016 and 2018. The deadline to apply is Oct. 25.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says preserving open spaces is critical to building resiliency against the impacts of climate change.

Awards up to $400,000, which can cover up to half of the project cost, will help preserve lands offering significant natural, ecological or agricultural value through a direct purchase or conservation easement.

DEM Director Janet Coit says she’s excited to partner with municipalities and organizations that work hard to protect properties in their communities.

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