- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is offering $5 million in grants to redevelop brownfields sites.

DEM announced it is soliciting proposals for projects that will cleanup contaminated property and contribute to the state’s economic vitality.

The $5 million in funding is available over four years through a new Brownfields Remediation and Economic Development Fund.

Rhode Island voters approved creating the fund by passing a clean water bond in 2014.

Grant funding will cover 80 percent of a project’s cost. A 20 percent match is required.

DEM says Rhode Island has an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 brownfields sites, many of which occupy desirable commercial and industrial space.

The agency is holding an informational workshop about the grants on Wednesday at DEM Headquarters in Providence.

The application deadline is Oct. 26.

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