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New partnership tackles “achievement gap” for English Learners
By Chris Barnett / September 30, 2016
State and local education officials and the Rhode Island Foundation are partnering on a nearly $500,000 initiative to tackle the “achievement gap” for students who are English Learners. The program will send 60 public school teachers back to college for intensive English as a Second Language Instruction and Dual Language Program training.

$1.6 million available in medical research and health care grants
By Chris Barnett / September 26, 2016
Because of the generosity of our inspiring donors, we are able to invest in advancing medical breakthroughs. The grants we make will have the potential to enable people to lead healthier lives and jumpstart one of the state’s most promising sectors.

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.

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