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DEM Accepting Applications For Grants To Support Community Tree Programs

Informational meetings to be held in Providence on Nov. 29 and Exeter on Dec. 5

PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the United States Forest Service and the Rhode Island Tree Council, today announced $15,000 is available in matching grants to support local tree programs. A Request for Proposals is now open with a deadline of January 31, 2019. Over the past 25 years, DEM has awarded more than $5 million in grants under the America the Beautiful Tree Rhode Island program.

The grant program, which covers 40 percent of a project's cost, supports urban forestry efforts including community forestry planning, public tree plantings, and related education and outreach. Grant requests between $2,000 and $4,000 will be considered. Informational workshops will be held on Thursday, November 29, at 2 p.m. at DEM headquarters, 235 Promenade Street, Room 300, Providence, and Wednesday, December 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the Exeter Public Library Program Room to review program details and the grant submission process.

Additional information about this grant opportunity is available on DEM's website. For questions, contact Caroline Scanlan, urban and community forest program coordinator in DEM's Division of Forest Environment at 222-2445, ext. 2056, or via email at Proposals should be mailed to DEM's Division of Forest Environment, 235 Promenade Street, Suite 394, Providence, RI 02908. Final proposals and supporting materials are due by 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Government and non-profit agencies, along with recognized community groups, are eligible to apply. Selection of grants will be determined on a competitive basis.

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  • Release date: 11-27-2018

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