Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) has announced that they have received two grantsas 2015 came to a close.

A $75,000 grant from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation will support a strategic planning initiative to be undertaken in early 2016 and help support the Land Trust’s operations in its mission to preserve open space for the benefit of our entire community.

“We anticipate the initiative will help guide the organization’s board level planning and direction for the next three years,” commented Chuck Allot, ALT’s executive director.

The other grant, from the Betty Byrne de Zahara 1997 Charitable Trust, will be added to the permanent stewardship fund and help support perpetual conservation of a parcel of land located in Middletown.

ALT’s time-sensitive mission is to conserve Aquidneck Island’s open spaces and natural character for the lasting benefit of our community. The organization has conserved 2,520 acres on 73 properties across Aquidneck Island since its founding in 1990. ALT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and the first land trust in Rhode Island to have received national accreditation. For more information, visit www.AquidneckLandTrust.org

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