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Offering nearly $300,000 in grants to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / August 4, 2017
Supporting programs that improve the health of Rhode Islanders is one of our core objectives. Our priority is proposals that will greatly impact the provision of quality and affordable health care services or that will connect individuals with the community health resources necessary for better health outcomes.

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.

Ensuring young lives stay healthy
By Larry Warner / May 30, 2017
Grants to Hasbro Children’s Hospital will encourage delivery in new, creative ways. And that will make a significant difference in the lives of some of the state’s most vulnerable children – foster children and children with vision-related impairments.

Transforming Healthcare: Part II
By Larry Warner / November 2, 2016
Among the strategies employed by the Rhode Island Foundation to improve access to and quality of primary care is to “identify, test and spread innovative new approaches to health care”.

Committed to philanthropy
By Jim Sanzi / October 27, 2016
Celebrating our 1916 Society donors for their deep commitment to philanthropy and civic engagement.

Building a new model for community health
By Chris Barnett / October 12, 2016
A new model for community health care is coming to Central Falls. Blackstone Valley Community Health Care is building a $15 million Neighborhood Health Station on land directly behind the existing Notre Dame Express Health Care building at 1000 Broad St.

$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.

RI's food sector continues to bloom
By Jenny Pereira / August 26, 2016
This is an exciting time in the development of Rhode Island’s food policy and an opportunity to encourage private-public collaborations that can move our food system forward – toward economic growth, improved health outcomes, and a more sustainable future.

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.

$480,000 in seed funding awarded for medical research
By Chris Barnett / June 21, 2016
Due to the generosity of our visionary donors, we are able to award important early funding to local researchers working to advance medical breakthroughs.

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