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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, Coventryâs Planning and Zoning department plans to submit an application in the upcoming months.
According to RIDEMâs 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 stateâs economic driversâ tourism,â 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
These grants will provide up to 50 percent of the funding neededâup to a maximum of $400,000âto preserve open space lands âthat possess significant natural, ecological, agricultural or scenic values.â
RIDEM would also provide 50 percent of any overhead funds for appraisal, title and survey services for various projects.
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