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Learning new ways to make it in the classroom
By Chris Barnett / September 22, 2016
Our $21,000 grant is helping FabNewport teach K-12 teachers how to integrate “making” into their classrooms.

Grants to serve Latino community are available
By Chris Barnett / September 6, 2016
Nonprofit organizations have until Sept. 30 to apply for grants that serve the Latino community through the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

Offering grants to empower RI's Black community
By Chris Barnett / August 17, 2016
Nonprofit organizations that serve the African-American community have until Sept. 15 to apply for grants from the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI).

Nonprofits receive $18.2 million in first half of 2016
By Chris Barnett / August 15, 2016
We awarded $18.2 million in grants to fund hundreds of programs serving Rhode Islanders throughout the state in the first half of 2016

TGIF at the Newport Jazz Festival
By Chris Barnett / July 27, 2016
There once again will be a third day of performances at the Newport Jazz Festival this year. Our $30,000 grant will help showcase emerging artists and future stars this Friday at Fort Adams State Park.

Grants fund services for LGBTQ RI'ers
By Chris Barnett / July 22, 2016
This important work is enhanced by strengthening alliances between nonprofits working to address the most critical needs of Rhode Island’s LGBTQ communities, including investments in health, education and the arts, as well as issues critical to young and elderly members of the community.

Seeding innovation in Rhode Island's schools
By / July 11, 2016
What do we mean when we say “innovation” in the education context? To us, innovative approaches in education are those new ideas that hold transformative promise to produce measurable results for a specific need in a sustainable and replicable way.

Nonprofits can apply for nearly $300,000 to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / July 5, 2016
Nonprofit organizations have until Aug. 29 to apply for grants to improve primary health care and health outcomes. Nearly $300,000 is available for distribution, with approximately 6 to 10 awards anticipated.

Nonprofits share $259,000 to serve Newport County residents
By Chris Barnett / July 1, 2016
Forty organizations serving Newport County residents will share $259,000. The grants will underwrite a host of programs ranging from job readiness training and after-school activities to preventing relationship violence and stocking food pantries.

$480,000 in seed funding awarded for medical research
By Chris Barnett / June 21, 2016
Due to the generosity of our visionary donors, we are able to award important early funding to local researchers working to advance medical breakthroughs.

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