- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island is offering up to $230,000 in grants to farmers and fishermen to help market locally grown products.

The Department of Environmental Management says the grants are available through a program that aims to increase the economic competitiveness of the state’s agriculture and seafood sectors.

The program is backed by $100,000 in state funds and $130,000 in matching funds from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, the Henry P. Kendall Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation.

Nonprofit organizations and small and beginning businesses are eligible to apply for the grants, which are capped at $20,000. No matching funds are required. Funding is provided up front and can be used for projects of up to two years.

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