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Earth Day River Restoration Initiative Grant

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits, Agencies, Companies, and
Schools for Environmental Cleanup Projects in Eligible Locations

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC)

Deadline Date:

02/19/21 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $1,000 to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and companies in eligible locations for environmental cleanup activities. Funding is intended to support restoration and beautification projects that improve acquatic life and habitat, educate volunteers about the environment, and enhance local water bodies and green spaces.

NBC’s service area encompasses the metropolitan Providence and Blackstone Valley areas, which include Providence, North Providence, Johnston, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, the northern portion of East Providence, and small sections of Cranston and Smithfield.

The Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) is offering grants for local Earth Day River and Lake Cleanups, restoration or beautification projects for areas located within the NBC service area or along NBC receiving waters. The goal of the NBC 2021 Earth Day River Cleanup Grant Program is to clean up important environmental resources by providing funding assistance to local organizations restoring and improving the green spaces in their communities.

The grants may be used for Earth Day volunteer cleanup projects of green spaces and river, lake and pond cleanup projects located within the NBC service district or along NBC receiving waters. Projects that include an educational component to educate volunteers about some aspect of the environment, environmental restoration, protection are preferred.

Evaluation Criteria (not in any order of priority):

  • Clean up and/or restore green spaces, local rivers, streams, lakes and/or ponds within
  • the NBC district or along NBC receiving waters.
  • Positive impact to the local environment and/or improvement of aquatic life and habitat.
  • Long term environmental/beautification impact.
  • Demonstrated project need.
  • Environmental education component is a plus.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179188

Estimated Size of Grant:

The range of funding for any single project shall be between $250 and $1,000, depending upon the number of
applicants and funding availability.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed no later than August 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants include Rhode Island state and federal agencies, municipalities (for example, schools, conservation commissions, Parks & Recreation Departments, etc.), companies and non-profit organizations planning to organize local river cleanup projects in conjunction with Earth Day 2021 that will be located within the NBC service district or receiving waters.

Expenses Not Funded:
- Administrative/Personnel expenses (ex. Salary, overtime, professional services that include but not limited to consultants, landscapers, etc.).
- Food expenses.
- Fuel or travel costs related to purchasing items for the event/project.
- Expenses incurred prior to grant award date.

Pre-Application Information:

The completed grant application and project invoice MUST be received by the NBC by 4:00 pm on February 19, 2021.

Only one application per project will be considered.

Contact Information:

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

Please submit application and project invoice to:

Ms. Kimberly Kirwan
Narragansett Bay Commission
1 Service Road
Providence, RI 02905
Fax: 401-461-6540

For questions, please contact Kimberly Kirwan at 401-461-8848 (ext. 391) or via the above email.

Grant Coverage Areas:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Rhode Island: Metropolitan Providence and Blackstone Valley areas (includes Providence, North Providence, Johnston, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, the northern portion of East Providence, and small sections of Cranston and Smithfield)

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