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Merritt Neighborhood Fund

Merritt Neighborhood Fund

The Merritt Neighborhood Fund was established in 1999 by the Aquidneck Land Trust to honor the late Peter M. Merritt, the organization’s visionary president emeritus, for his decade of leadership. Peter had a vision to someday execute the mission of the Land Trust on a smaller scale to benefit individual neighborhoods across Aquidneck Island. The work of neighborhood groups and associations to reclaim small parcels for community good and serve as environmental stewardship role models is vital to Aquidneck Island’s future.

The purpose of the Fund is to provide modest grants to Aquidneck Island’s neighborhood and community groups to support their preservation of small parks, playgrounds, and other natural spaces in order to strengthen their community’s identity and character and to model the ethic of land conservation and stewardship through community volunteerism. We especially encourage community gardens applications. Some past funded projects have included (but are not limited to): the Friendship Garden at the Edward King House, the green house at the Methodist Community Gardens, beautification of the playground in Island Park, landscaping at the Potter League, and tree planting for the Off Broadway Neighborhood Association.

Click here to view the Merritt Neighborhood Fund Grant Application 2017.

2016 Grant Recipients

Aquidneck Community Table for the installation of the Friends Meeting House Community Gardens.

Off Broadway Neighborhood Association/City of Newport to support installation of a flag pole.

Daffodillion to purchase additional daffodil bulbs to help continue to beautify the City of Newport.

Friends of the Waterfront to support additional dinghy plantings.

Rogers High School to support the building and installation of a food garden to be built and maintained by students as part of the school’s “Newport Project”.

Portsmouth Dog Park to help establish an off-leash dog park.

Portsmouth Garden Club for improvement of the Portsmouth Free Library garden and conservation practice.

Thompson Middle School for materials for outdoor classroom.