2014-03-13 / News

Grants available for Earth Day cleanups

In celebration of Earth Day, the state is offering $25,000 in grants for local cleanup projects. Rhode Island organizations hosting such endeavors between April 1 and May 17 can apply for grants of $250 or $500 for each outreach activity.

The grants are available to nonprofit organizations and municipalities including schools, parks departments, public works and conservation commissions. The money must be used for activities connected to a volunteer community cleanup. Successful applicants will receive the grant money in advance. Funds can be used for paper bags, gloves and hauling fees.

This is the first time the state Department of Environmental Management has provided Earth Day grants since 2011 when it awarded a total of $37,500 to 59 organizations. Officials say the selection process is highly competitive.

Applications are available online at DEM.ri.gov, or by emailing Andrew Manca at andrew. manca@dem.ri.gov.

Awards will be announced on the DEM website in late March. Successful applicants will be notified via email.

“These Earth Day grants will give a big boost to members of community groups throughout Rhode Island who are willing to roll up their sleeves and perform the labor needed to cleanup and beautify their neighborhoods,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “Improving the appearance of our local communities and our scenic and recreation areas benefits Rhode Island’s quality of life and our state’s business climate as well.”

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