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COVENTRYâ€” The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) is accepting applications from cities, towns and non-profit land organizations for open space grants and with past success of acquiring money, Coventryâ€™s Planning and Zoning department plans to submit an application in the upcoming months.
According to RIDEMâ€™s press release, $5 million is available for Rhode Island Local Open Space Matching Grants, which was approved by the voters during the 2008 and 2012 Open Space Bond Authorizations.
"Through these grants, we will continue to help preserve and protect precious open space and farmland, as well as support one of our stateâ€™s economic driversâ€” tourism,â€ť Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said.
"Rhode Island is fortunate to enjoy unparalleled natural beauty. By having funds available for our cities and towns, land trusts and conservation organizations, we can continue to safeguard these assets, which strengthen our economy, future and environment.â€ť
These grants will provide up to 50 percent of the funding neededâ€”up to a maximum of $400,000â€”to preserve open space lands â€śthat possess significant natural, ecological, agricultural or scenic values.â€ť
RIDEM would also provide 50 percent of any overhead funds for appraisal, title and survey services for various projects.
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