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Students can apply for $1.5 million in scholarships
By Chris Barnett / March 10, 2016
Dozens of individual, family and organizational donors established scholarship funds at the Foundation to help students defray educational expenses such as tuition, room and board, fees and books.

15 nonprofits get grants for preservation
By Chris Barnett / March 8, 2016
By offering the resources to strengthen libraries and other civic, cultural and literacy-focused organizations, we can expand their role as community centers that stimulate dialogue around critical issues,” says philanthropist Herman Rose.

Three local writers receive $25,000 fellowships
By Chris Barnett / March 1, 2016
Our MacColl Johnson Fellowships enable writers, musicians, and visual artists to spend more time making art and less time making ends meet.

Celebrating record grantmaking in 2015
By Chris Barnett / February 16, 2016
We are indebted to our committed donors for joining with us for 100 years to address on the state’s challenges and opportunities. Their extraordinary generosity made it possible for us to make investments in Rhode Island as never before.

Feb. 12 is deadline to apply for $500,000 in community-building grants
By Chris Barnett / February 9, 2016
To mark our centennial this year, we are offering grants of up to $15,000 to fund community-building activities in every city and town in Rhode Island.

Larry Warner named grantmaker in Health sector
By Chris Barnett / January 26, 2016
“Larry’s diverse experience in the study and practice of health care make him a natural to lead one of the Foundation’s strategic priorities."

Grants fund services for Latino community
By Chris Barnett / January 22, 2016
Six nonprofit organizations that serve the Latino community will share $6,450 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation through the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund, established in memory of the late Latina activist.

Grants available to serve Newport County residents
By Chris Barnett / January 21, 2016
The Newport County Fund (NCF) offers grants of up to $10,000 in eight key funding areas: arts and culture, children and families, education, economic security, environment, health, housing and basic human needs.

Black Philanthropy grants expand equity and access
By Chris Barnett / January 15, 2016
By funding proposals that promote equity and access, we can improve the lives of Rhode Island’s Black community. Encouraging long-term, systemic changes will create pathways to achievement and success.

Feb. 12 is deadline to apply for Metcalf Fellowships
By Chris Barnett / January 8, 2016
The Foundation will award up to $5,000 to college freshmen, sophomores and juniors from Rhode Island to pursue self-designed enrichment projects through travel.

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