- Associated Press - Saturday, February 14, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island authorities are awarding grants worth a total of $28,150 to organizers of local Earth Day cleanup projects.

The Department of Environmental Management says the program highlights Earth Day and the value of the environment, and recognizes the importance of people improving their communities.

Rhode Island nonprofit organizations and municipalities hosting volunteer Earth Day cleanup projects between April 1 and May 17 are eligible for the grants. The funds can be used to pay for outreach activities, cleanup supplies, hauling fees and other eligible expenses.

Last year the department awarded 38 grants, totaling $16,850.

Applications must be submitted online to DEM by March 11.

The department is partnering with the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation and the JR Vinagro Corporation to offer the grants.

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