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Feb. 12 is deadline to apply for $500,000 in community-building grants
By Chris Barnett / February 9, 2016
To mark our centennial this year, we are offering grants of up to $15,000 to fund community-building activities in every city and town in Rhode Island.

Larry Warner named grantmaker in Health sector
By Chris Barnett / January 26, 2016
“Larry’s diverse experience in the study and practice of health care make him a natural to lead one of the Foundation’s strategic priorities."

Grants fund services for Latino community
By Chris Barnett / January 22, 2016
Six nonprofit organizations that serve the Latino community will share $6,450 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation through the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund, established in memory of the late Latina activist.

Grants available to serve Newport County residents
By Chris Barnett / January 21, 2016
The Newport County Fund (NCF) offers grants of up to $10,000 in eight key funding areas: arts and culture, children and families, education, economic security, environment, health, housing and basic human needs.

Black Philanthropy grants expand equity and access
By Chris Barnett / January 15, 2016
By funding proposals that promote equity and access, we can improve the lives of Rhode Island’s Black community. Encouraging long-term, systemic changes will create pathways to achievement and success.

Feb. 12 is deadline to apply for Metcalf Fellowships
By Chris Barnett / January 8, 2016
The Foundation will award up to $5,000 to college freshmen, sophomores and juniors from Rhode Island to pursue self-designed enrichment projects through travel.

Matching-grant challenge raises $110,000 for streamlining state government
By Chris Barnett / January 4, 2016
Amica, Corning , Groov-Pin, Hope Global, TACO, Taylor Box and Toray Plastics are the companies that responded to our matching-grant challenge with contributions.

Grants spark classroom innovation
By / December 23, 2015
Our Spark Grants program is based on a simple premise: students learn best when given real-life opportunities to engage in academic content in meaningful, non-traditional ways

Marie Langlois elected chair of Rhode Island Foundation
By Chris Barnett / December 11, 2015
Langlois was elected to a 3-year term as chair. The 12-member board of directors is responsible for setting policy at the Foundation, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016.

Celebrating our Centennial with a plan to restore Roger Williams Park
By Chris Barnett / December 8, 2015
To kick off a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1916, the Rhode Island Foundation today announced the details of a $10 million campaign to restore Roger Williams Park.

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