The state’s largest community development grant has been frozen, and is being held until legal problems with the organization that receives the money can be settled.
The Jason Project has received $1.5 million during the past three years, but this year’s appropriation was not released, the office of the Speaker of the House told NBC 10 News.
The Jason Project was a program to bring science and math to students through the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island. The program was built around undersea exploration conducted by famed marine scientist, Bob Ballard, who found the Titanic with a remote controlled undersea rover. The state money was matched with dollars from the Sea Research Foundation out of the Mystic Aquarium.
Now, funding has ceased.