DEM: $5 million in outdoor recreation matching grants up for grabs

The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today that $5 million in outdoor recreation matching grants is available to help local municipalities and Native American tribes acquire, develop, or renovate outdoor recreational facilities in their communities.

The DEM Recreation Acquisition and Development Grant Program’s 2020 grant round is now open, with a deadline of December 11, 2019. Funding provided through the 2018 Green Economy and Clean Water Bond – which Rhode Island voters approved by a margin of almost 80 percent last November – is capitalizing the grants.

Recreation development grants require a 20 percent community match. Applicants can apply for either small grants, for grant funding up to $100,000, or large grants, for grant funding up to $400,000.  Recreation acquisition grants require a 50 percent match and are capped at $400,000. Applicants are encouraged to review the grant instructions available at

Electronic applications are encouraged and should be forwarded to Lisa McGreavy in the Division of Planning & Development at by 3 PM on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Proposals and supporting materials also may be mailed to Ms. McGreavy’s attention at DEM, Division of Planning & Development, 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908. Rhode Island municipalities and recognized Native American tribes are eligible to apply. 

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