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Chris Barnett
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Nonprofits receive $270,000 to improve health care services
By Chris Barnett / May 4, 2017
Five nonprofits receive more than $270,000 in grants to increase health care services in Rhode Island through our RIGHA Foundation Fund.

Scholarship recipients bring Roger Williams' ideals to life
By Chris Barnett / May 3, 2017
We are sending six high school seniors off to college sharing $100,000 in scholarships honoring Roger Williams, the state’s founding father.

Markers celebrate community history
By Chris Barnett / April 24, 2017
Funded with our Centennial Community Grant, the first marker in Cranston's historical tour tells the tale of Spragueville.

Offering scholarships to encourage artists to teach
By Chris Barnett / April 14, 2017
Artists who are planning a teaching career in the arts have until April 28 to apply for fellowships of up to $12,000 for graduate school through our Antonio Cirino Memorial Fund.

$300,000 fellowships target civic engagement
By Chris Barnett / April 13, 2017
Two local women are the recipients of this year’s Rhode Island Innovation Fellowships. Donna Childs and Ditra Edwards were chosen from nearly 200 applicants to receive $300,000 over three years to pursue their proposals for improving civic engagement.

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.

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.

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