State Offers $4M To Build And Expand Recreation Facilities

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is offering $4 million in grants to help communities build and expand recreation facilities.

Democratic Gov. Dan McKee and the Department of Environmental Management announced on Friday that the outdoor recreation matching grants would be available to local municipalities and Native American tribes seeking to acquire, develop or renovate outdoor recreational facilities in their communities.

Grant applications are due by Dec. 17. The money is provided through a clean water and green bond approved by voters.

McKee said the state's network of bikeways, open spaces and other recreational assets help attract people and businesses to Rhode Island.

“Access to green space and clean, functional recreation facilities improves health, promotes stronger social ties, and enhances neighborhood satisfaction and pride,” McKee said in a statement.

Applicants can apply for smaller recreation development grants or larger acquisition grants, capped at $400,000.