Gov. McKee and DEM Announce Availability of $four Million in Out of doors Recreation Funding to Assist Communities Construct and Develop Native Leisure Sources


PROVIDENCE – Governor Dan McKee and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today that the grant round is now open with a deadline of December 17, 2021. Funding from the 2021 Beach, Clean Water, and Green Bond – which Rhode Island voters approved by an almost 80 percent majority last March – capitalizes on the grants.

Since DEM’s Community Leisure Grant Program was launched in 1988, 541 grants have been awarded and more than $ 85 million has been invested in improvements in all of Rhode Island’s 39 parishes. Recreational development grants require 20 percent community compliance. Applicants can apply for either small grants for grants up to $ 100,000 or large grants for grants up to $ 400,000.

“Access to green spaces and clean, functional recreational facilities improves health, promotes stronger social bonds, and increases the satisfaction and pride of the neighborhood,” said Governor McKee. “Our network of bike paths, open spaces, and other recreational facilities helps attract people and businesses to Rhode Island.”

Recreational Acquisition Grants require a 50 percent match and are capped at $ 400,000. Applicants are encouraged to read the grant award instructions available at The evaluation criteria are determined by the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). Well-planned, well-described projects in urban, distressed and green areas will do particularly well. As part of a larger network of recreational opportunities in the country, community facilities play an important role in beautifying communities, supporting public health, building climate resilience, and promoting a cleaner environment.

A virtual preparatory workshop is planned for October. Details below:

Subject: RI Outdoor Recreation Grant Round 2022

Time: 10/20/2021 10:00 a.m.


Meeting ID: 394 759 4847 – Call: 1-929-205-6099

Electronic applications are encouraged and should be forwarded to Lisa McGreavy in the DEM Planning and Development Department at [email protected] by Wednesday, December 17, 2021, 3:00 p.m. McGreavy’s attention to DEM Department Planning and Development, 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908. Rhode Island parishes and recognized Indian tribes are eligible to apply.

DEM’s GreenSpace programs – which include grants for Outdoor Recreation, Local Open Space, and Recreational Trail – fund land protection, purchase and development of recreational land, and the development and improvement of recreational trails across the country. Rhode Island’s historic parks, bike paths, and green spaces provide opportunities for public enjoyment, as well as improving the environment, making the state resilient, and supporting the economy. Outdoor recreation in Rhode Island generates $ 2.4 billion in consumer spending and supports 24,000 local jobs, according to the Outdoor Industry Association.

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