Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that $4.7 million in state grants will assist 17 communities in purchasing 1,170 acres to be preserved as open space.
The grants come through the Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition (OSWA) Grant Program, which is administered by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). This program provides financial support to municipalities, land trusts and water companies in purchasing open space, using state bonds and funding from the Community Investment Act.
Also receiving funding are two urban communities for projects under the Urban Green and Community Garden Grant Program.
Since the grant program was launched in 1998, more than $125 million in state funding has been awarded to assist in the purchase of more than 32,000 acres of land, including farmlands, in 135 cities and towns.
Click HERE to read the announcement in its entirety, which includes a list and summary of the projects awarded grant funds under the program.
Next OSWA Round: Applications for the next round of OSWA Program grants are due February 2, 2017. Click HERE for more information.
Congratulations to all 2016 OSWA Grant Recipients!