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Nonprofits receive $71,000 to serve Barrington residents
By Chris Barnett / May 25, 2016
Our Barrington District Nursing Association Fund awards $71,000 in grants to serve Barrington residents

$35,000 available to Jewish groups
By Chris Barnett / May 24, 2016
Our Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund funds proposals that develop connections between the Jewish community and greater Rhode Island, deepen the understanding of Jewish life and culture through scholarship and historic preservation or provide for basic human needs such as food and housing.

Eight groups receive nearly $300,000 to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / April 29, 2016
Developing an inclusive primary care system that promotes healthy lives is one of our core strategic initiatives. These grants will advance our continuing efforts to make quality health care more accessible and affordable.

Celebrating our Centennial with $500,000 in grants for community-building across RI
By Chris Barnett / April 27, 2016
We award Centennial Community Grants in all 39 cities and towns. The program is just one in a series of activities to mark our 100th anniversary this year.

Ray Two Hawks Watson receives 2016 Innovation Fellowship
By Chris Barnett / April 13, 2016
The Providence resident will receive $300,000 over three years to launch an initiative designed to expand multi-cultural tourism and improve cultural cohesion. The Fellowship is made possible through the vision and generosity of philanthropists Letitia and John Carter.

Offering grants to serve LGBTQ communities
By Chris Barnett / March 18, 2016
Our grants are a source of funding for organizations that serve our LGBTQ communities as well as organizations that focus on initiating or expanding LGBTQ-specific services

Students can apply for $1.5 million in scholarships
By Chris Barnett / March 10, 2016
Dozens of individual, family and organizational donors established scholarship funds at the Foundation to help students defray educational expenses such as tuition, room and board, fees and books.

15 nonprofits get grants for preservation
By Chris Barnett / March 8, 2016
By offering the resources to strengthen libraries and other civic, cultural and literacy-focused organizations, we can expand their role as community centers that stimulate dialogue around critical issues,” says philanthropist Herman Rose.

Three local writers receive $25,000 fellowships
By Chris Barnett / March 1, 2016
Our MacColl Johnson Fellowships enable writers, musicians, and visual artists to spend more time making art and less time making ends meet.

Celebrating record grantmaking in 2015
By Chris Barnett / February 16, 2016
We are indebted to our committed donors for joining with us for 100 years to address on the state’s challenges and opportunities. Their extraordinary generosity made it possible for us to make investments in Rhode Island as never before.

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