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Animal welfare groups receive $470,000
By Chris Barnett / November 20, 2017
We award more than $470,000 in grants to fund animal welfare programs across the state ranging from low-cost spay and neuter programs and humane education to seal rescues and coyote education.

Paying a visit to our grantees in the Blackstone River Valley
By Connie Grosch / November 16, 2017
Late last month, our Neil Steinberg spent time with a few of our grantees in the Blackstone River Valley to learn more about their work.

A walk in the woods
By Connie Grosch / October 10, 2017
A raven croaks from the treeline at the edge of the Audubon Society’s 28-acre Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge in Bristol. Flanked on either side by housing developments, the land slopes down from historic Hope Street to the Warren River near Jacob’s Point.

Grants available to seed medical research
By Chris Barnett / October 2, 2017
We're offering grants of up to $25,000 to launch promising medical research proposals. The funding is intended to help early-career researchers advance their projects to the point where they can compete for large-scale national funding.

Feeding those who need help during difficult times
By Connie Grosch / September 29, 2017
“If anyone doubts that there are households struggling in South County, they should come and visit us because it’s very clear to us that it’s a big problem in our area,” said Kate Brewster, Executive Director of the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale.

Nonprofits receive $67,000 to serve Barrington residents
By Chris Barnett / September 27, 2017
Nine nonprofits receive more than $67,000 in grants through our Barrington District Nursing Association Fund.

Supporting DACA renewals for Rhode Island Dreamers
By Jessica David / September 19, 2017
We’ve joined with generous donors to secure more than $170,000 in private philanthropic support to cover DACA renewal fees for those young Rhode Island Dreamers whose Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status will expire in the next six months. 

FabNewport: Making a Difference
By Chris Barnett / September 11, 2017
FabNewport gives kids "a chance to play with materials, tools and machines with the support of expert coaching, a chance to learn at their own pace while surrounded with possibility."

Offering grants to serve RI's Latino community
By Chris Barnett / September 5, 2017
Nonprofit organizations have until Sept. 29 to apply for grants that serve the Latino community through the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation. Grants generally range from $500 to $1,500

South County nonprofits win funding
By Chris Barnett / August 23, 2017
Seven South County nonprofits have won grants through the Rhode Island Foundation’s Community Grants program. The funding will support work ranging from creating performance spaces to keeping senior citizens healthy. “These grants will create places to gather, build relationships and launch new collaborations that will make community connections stronger all over Rhode Island,” said Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Foundation.

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