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Offering grants to serve the Black community
By Chris Barnett / August 22, 2017
Nonprofits serving Rhode Island’s Black community have until Sept. 15 to apply for nearly $90,000 in grants through the new Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund.

We're offering composers $25,000 to create music
By Chris Barnett / August 11, 2017
Rhode Island composers who dream of having more time to work on their craft have until Sept. 5 to apply for $25,000 fellowships from the Rhode Island Foundation. The grants are considered to be among the largest no-strings-attached awards available to artists in the United States.

Offering nearly $300,000 in grants to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / August 4, 2017
Supporting programs that improve the health of Rhode Islanders is one of our core objectives. Our priority is proposals that will greatly impact the provision of quality and affordable health care services or that will connect individuals with the community health resources necessary for better health outcomes.

Nonprofits serving Newport County share $270,000 in grants
By Chris Barnett / July 25, 2017
The grants, through the Foundation’s Newport County Fund (NCF), will underwrite a host of activities ranging from job readiness training and after-school activities to preventing relationship violence and stocking food pantries.

Plugging into the community
By Chris Barnett / July 21, 2017
We award a $15,000 Centennial Community Grant to the City of Newport to create the “Plug Park,” a temporary stop for people looking to recharge themselves or their electronic devices.

Grants build community throughout RI
By Chris Barnett / July 14, 2017
Our Community Grants program would not be possible but for the foresight of those who came before us, the donors who generously invest in our state and the nonprofits that transform those resources into action.

Combatting the “summer slide”
By Lisa DiMartino / July 11, 2017
Learn about three programs the Foundation is supporting to help Rhode Island youth combat summer learning loss.

Nine nonprofits win grants to bring history to life
By Chris Barnett / June 9, 2017
Our Archive, Document, Display and Disseminate Fund, awards grants to nine nonprofit for documenting everything from RI's African American history to the rich stories of the state’s immigrant communities.

Grants seed medical research
By Chris Barnett / June 6, 2017
We give nearly $400,000 in grants to 17 promising medical research projects, including opioid-use disorder and ADHA studies.

Marker trail points the way to the future for fishing industry
By Chris Barnett / June 2, 2017
Our grant enables the commercial fishing community of Galilee to create a new walking trail featuring 10 interpretive sign panels that promote the local seafood industry.

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