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Miss Swinburne Fund targets Newport County
By Chris Barnett / April 3, 2017
Newport County women and nonprofits that provide programs supporting the self-sufficiency and independence of local girls and women can apply for scholarships and grants through our Miss Swinburne Fund.

Community building
By Jessica David / March 31, 2017
We make a $150,000 investment to be shared by three community organizations that 30 years ago began working together to provide immigration and citizenship services to foreign-born Rhode Islanders.

Connecting Rhode Island manufacturers
By Lauren Paola / March 30, 2017
The manufacturing industry looks very different in Rhode Island (and across the country) today than it did in its peak due to new technologies and some relocating production overseas.

We award $25,000 fellowships to three local artists
By Chris Barnett / March 28, 2017
The recipients were selected from more than 150 applicants for what are considered to be among the largest no-string-attached grants available to artists in the United States.

Offering grants to serve RI's LGBTQ communities
By Chris Barnett / March 20, 2017
Nonprofits that serve the state’s LGBTQ communities have until April 13 to apply for grants of up to $10,000 through our Equity Action Fund.

Fourteen nonprofits receive grants for services to Latino community
By Chris Barnett / March 15, 2017
Fourteen nonprofit organizations that serve the Latino community will receive grants through our Juanita Sánchez Community Fund, established in memory of the late Latina activist.

RI students can apply for $1.8 million in scholarships
By Chris Barnett / March 13, 2017
At the time of year when colleges are sending out financial aid packages, we are offering Rhode Island students and their families more than $1.8 million in scholarships.

Meghan Hughes named to Board of Directors
By Chris Barnett / March 7, 2017
Meghan Hughes has been named to our Board of Directors. As the state’s largest funder of nonprofit organizations, we awarded a record $45 million in grants to more than 1,600 nonprofits in 2016.

Nancy W. Jencks Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 6, 2017
The Community Scholarship Fund of Barrington and Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island will receive support in perpetuity as the late Nancy Jencks directed through plans she made with the Rhode Island Foundation in 1992.

Grants available to serve North Smithfield residents
By Chris Barnett / March 3, 2017
Nonprofit organizations that provide services to improve the health and welfare of North Smithfield residents have until March 24 to apply for grants through our North Smithfield Ambulance and Rescue Association Fund.

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