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Community greenhouse raises hope in Providence
By Jenny Pereira / July 28, 2015
Low-cost leases to the neighborhood farmers using the urban greenhouse will support agricultural business development and link locally grown food with neighborhood schools.

Our robust grantmaking continues in 2015
By Jenny Pereira / April 30, 2015
After a record-setting 2014, in which we awarded more money in grants than any year in our 99-year-history, we’re continuing our rigorous grantmaking in 2015. In the first quarter, our grants, both Foundation-directed and donor-directed, totaled more than $8 million.

Happy Earth Day
By Jenny Pereira / April 22, 2015
An Earth Day message from our Director of Grants and chief environmental enthusiast.

'Behind every proposal is a passionate, creative, positive advocate'
By Jessica David / April 16, 2015
We are excited to announce the 2015 Rhode Island Innovation Fellows, John Haley and the team of Daniel Kamil and Emily Steffian.

Planting the seeds for growth
By Jenny Pereira / January 14, 2015
Nonprofits, farmers and fishermen can apply for grants to promote locally grown or harvested food.

$75,000 for short-term energy assistance, investments for long-term energy efficiency
By Jenny Pereira / November 19, 2014
Energy experts say we could see up to a 30% increase in our electric bills. Whether or not the Farmer’s Almanac’s predictions of a harsher winter are correct, we know that higher utility costs will cause vulnerable families additional hardship.

Cutting the red tape at DEM
By Connie Grosch / October 17, 2014
"This is the kind of momentum and engagement we need to move Rhode Island forward." - Neil Steinberg

Grants fund work on shoreline, shellfishing protection
By Chris Barnett / October 7, 2014
The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded $125,000 in grants to fund work on shoreline protection and the shellfish industry by the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) at the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography.

A resilient Rhode Island
By Jenny Pereira / October 1, 2014
Climate change is hard for many of us to grasp. It’s too big and uncertain to include in a list of daily concerns. The good news is the Resilient Rhode Island Act provides a coordinated framework for state agencies to plan for and manage the impact of anticipated climate change as part of their existing work.

Grants 'reflect the breadth and depth of our grantmaking'
By Daniel Kertzner / August 26, 2014
The Rhode Island Foundation awarded more than $15.6 million in grants to fund dozens of programs serving Rhode Islanders throughout the state in the first half of 2014.

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