In 2003, NBC Chairman Vincent Mesolella established the Chairman's River Restoration Initiative for the Woonasquatucket River.
In 2013, the Chairman's River Restoration Initiative expanded to include support to other community organizations who would like to pursue their own Earth Day River and Lake Cleanups, restoration or beautification projects. Annually, the NBC offers grants ranging from $250 up to $1000 to community groups in the NBC service area. From 2013-2022, grantees galvanized over 10,000 volunteers to make a difference for clean water in their communities.
The goal of the NBC 2023 Earth Day River Cleanup Grant Program is to continue on the previous years' successes and emphasize the importance of Earth Day 2023, the value of the environment, and provide assistance to organizations improving the quality of life in their communities. We encourage all applicants to abide by current guidelines regarding PPE and social distancing. The grant application is available here. The deadline is February 15, 2023.
In 2022, 16 local groups received grants to help clean-ups in their communities. To find out more about these local activities, check out the NBC's Facebook page.