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$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.

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.

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.

$28 million gift sets record for philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / February 27, 2017
The estate gift from the Wilcox family is the single largest unrestricted donation in our 100-year history.

Offering $10,000 grants for proposals that build community
By Chris Barnett / February 23, 2017
We are offering local libraries, schools, municipal agencies and nonprofit groups grants of up to $10,000 to fund proposals that bring people together as a community.

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