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Outdoor Recreation Grants - Recreation Acquisition and Development Grant

Grants to Rhode Island Municipal Agencies and Tribes
to Purchase and Develop Outdoor Recreational Areas

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Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management - Planning and Development

Deadline Date:

12/01/17 3:00 PM


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Grants to Rhode Island municipal agencies and tribes to acquire, develop, and renovate outdoor recreational areas for public use. Funding may be requested for small-scale development, large-scale development, and land acquisition projects.

Eligible Projects:

A. Recreation Acquisition Project - Recreation land acquisition shall be limited to the purchase of fee simple title to land that will be developed for outdoor recreation purposes in accordance with a master plan for development of the property.

B. Recreation Development Projects - A development project designed to provide public outdoor recreation.

Eligible Project Costs:

A. Recreation Acquisition Projects - Eligible costs for recreation acquisition projects include fifty percent (50%) of the approved appraised value of the land.

B. Recreation Development Projects - Eligible costs for development projects include design, construction, site planning, demolition, reforestation, landscaping and site improvements essential to the project.


-The property, as defined in the Project Boundary Map, must be kept available solely for public outdoor recreation in perpetuity. All structures, land and facilities contained in the Project Boundary may not be used for non-outdoor, non-recreational purposes.

-Regarding Fees: if no fees are charged to municipal residents, then fees cannot be charged to other RI residents. If fees are charged to municipal residents, then the fees to other RI residents cannot be more than twice the municipal resident fee.

-DEM Recreation Easements will be required on all Acquisition Project properties.

-Projects are subject to review by the RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission for potential impacts to historic properties.

-Projects must comply with all applicable governmental laws and regulations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169989

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Large Recreation Development grants: Up to $300,000
-Small Recreation Development Grants: Up to $100,000
-Recreation Acquisition Grants: Up to $300,000

Term of Contract:

A term of two (2) years shall be considered the project period for all Recreational Land Acquisition projects.

A term of three (3) years shall be considered the project period for all Recreation Development projects.

The Director may extend the grant term of any grant for an additional two (2) years after review and recommendation by the program staff in the Division of Planning and Development.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

A. Municipal Agency - Municipal agencies, as defined in ยง 7.5(K) of this Part, may apply for Recreation Acquisition and Recreation Development funds. The Department shall be responsible for determining eligibility status to participate in the recreation Acquisition and Recreation Development Grant Rounds. Eligibility is based upon the adoption and maintenance of an up-to-date Local Comprehensive Plan or locally adopted plan which adequately assesses the current and future recreation requirements and needs of the municipality. The plan shall include an implementation program and schedule for actions proposed to address issues and needs expressed in the plan.

B. Native American Tribes - Indian Tribes, bands, nations or other organized group which exercises governmental functions and which is recognized by the Secretary of the Interior as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Native Americans.

The property must be owned by the municipality and have title, adequate control and tenure of the project area in order to provide reasonable assurances that a conversion of the property out of permanent outdoor recreational use will not occur. Copies of the property deeds, leases, restrictions or other appropriate documents must be on file with the municipality and provided upon request.

Ineligible Projects:
-Projects primarily involving planning without proposing new or expanded recreational resources;
-Projects that limit public access in the number of hours available to the public and/or locked facilities (ex. some school based projects closed to public during practice and games times);
-Projects that are primarily for normal maintenance and repair of facilities.

Pre-Application Information:

Small Recreation Development and Large Recreation Development projects require a 20% match of which 100% may be In-kind. Recreation Acquisition grants will be for 50% of the project cost.

The grant deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017 at 3:00 PM. Applications received after the filing deadline will not be considered for funding. Such applications may be resubmitted during a subsequent round.

Application and Award Schedule:
-September 1 to December 1, 2017: Application Period
-December 2017 to February 2018: Staff Completeness Review and RRRC Review/Scoring
-March/April 2018: DEM Director Announces Grant Award

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Lisa McGreavy
401-222-4700 ext. 7611

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Rhode Island