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Grants seed medical research
By Chris Barnett / June 6, 2017
We give nearly $400,000 in grants to 17 promising medical research projects, including opioid-use disorder and ADHA studies.

Marker trail points the way to the future for fishing industry
By Chris Barnett / June 2, 2017
Our grant enables the commercial fishing community of Galilee to create a new walking trail featuring 10 interpretive sign panels that promote the local seafood industry.

Working Cities Challenge winners get to work
By Jessica David / May 23, 2017
Congratulations to the communities of Cranston, Newport, and Providence, winners of the Working Cities Challenge Rhode Island competition!

Connecting Rhode Island manufacturers
By Lauren Paola / March 30, 2017
The manufacturing industry looks very different in Rhode Island (and across the country) today than it did in its peak due to new technologies and some relocating production overseas.

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.

New analysis charts the route to small business prosperity
By Neil Steinberg / February 14, 2017
Economic security is one of our strategic priorities. That is why we invested in this analysis of the supports available to small businesses in Rhode Island.

Join in for the Buy Local RI Shop Hop
By Jessica David / November 22, 2016
Join us November 22 - December 2 for the Buy Local RI Shop Hop, featuring just a few of Rhode Island’s fine retailers, eateries, and business districts.

Ricky Bogert named grants program officer
By Chris Barnett / November 21, 2016
Ricky Bogert has been named a grants program officer, where he will oversee special grant programs such as the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund and the Program for the Blind and provide support in the economic security and environment sectors.

Working on solutions to the skills gap
By Jessica David / October 31, 2016
The Genesis Center will use our grant to increase education and training services that provide a 'bridge' to help unemployed and underemployed Rhode Islanders overcome the skills gap.

Dec. 16 is deadline to apply for $300,000 Innovation Fellowships
By Chris Barnett / October 24, 2016
Rhode Islanders have until Dec. 16 to apply for $300,000 grants to develop, test and implement innovative ideas that have the potential to dramatically move Rhode Island forward. This year, our Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship program focuses on proposals that increase or improve civic engagement.

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