DEM seeks applications for community tree program grants

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the United States Forest Service and the Rhode Island Tree Council, seeks applications for $30,000 is available in matching grants to support local tree programs.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) is now open. The deadline for the RFP is Jan. 31, 2018. Over the past 25 years, the 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 tree plantings, community forestry planning, invasive species management, and related education and outreach.

Grant requests between $2,000 and $4,000 will be considered. An informational workshop will be held Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. at DEM headquarters, 235 Promenade Street, Room 300, Providence, to review program details.

Additional information about this grant opportunity is available on the DEM’s website.

For questions, interested parties can contact Tee Jay Boudreau, deputy chief of DEM’s Division of Forest Environment, at 222-2445 ext. 2059 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 Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. 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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