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$15.6 million in grants awarded in first half of 2014
By Chris Barnett / August 14, 2014 /   Loading Disqus...

The Rhode Island Foundation awarded more than $15.6 million in grants to fund dozens of programs serving Rhode Islanders throughout the state in the first half of 2014.

As the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofits in the state, the Foundation works in partnership with donors and grant recipients to meet the needs of the people of Rhode Island.  

“We connect the dreams of our donors with the needs of Rhode Islanders. By encouraging innovation, collaboration and advocacy, we empower nonprofits to take on the issues that are critical to moving the state forward,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO.

Dozens of nonprofits received discretionary grants, which are awarded by the Foundation’s staff and directors. The grants include:

•       Support for the third round of Rhode Island Innovation Fellowships, made possible through the generosity of Letitia and John Carter. The 2014 recipients are working on creating a facility for the design and production of digitally printed textiles and the Eat Drink Rhode Island Central Market, which will include a public market, a commercial food production and processing facility and educational programs.

•       Equity Action granted $47,500 to organizations that serve the LGBTQ community including Youth Pride, Family Service of Rhode Island and the Northern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center

•       $193,115 in organizational development grants to build the capacity of nonprofit groups including the Center for Southeast Asians, Save the Bay and the Rhode Island Health Center Association.             

•       $148,500 to food banks, homeless shelters and free clinics that provide needy Rhode Islanders with basic human needs including the East Bay Community Action Program, the Salvation Army and the Jonnycake Center of Peacedale.

Other nonprofits received funding under the Foundation’s competitive strategy grant program, which targets seven sectors: arts and culture, children and families and basic human needs, economic security, education success, the environment and healthy lives.

Through these grants, the Foundation invests in organizations and programs that strive for long-term solutions to significant community issues.

“From nurturing Rhode Island thriving arts and culture sector to investing in the state’s capacity to withstand natural disasters, our investments target issues that will drive Rhode Island’s future,” said Daniel Kertzner, vice president for grant programs.

Key strategy grants from the first half of 2014 are:

•       Rhode Island Hospital was awarded $45,000 for the Mental Health Link, which connects young adults and family members to affordable and long-term outpatient psychiatric services.

•       The Providence Children and Youth Cabinet received $75,000 to improve grades K-8 literacy skills, reduce chronic absenteeism and support high school students in the post-secondary enrollment process.            

•       The Center for Women and Enterprise was awarded $30,000 to expand its educational programs and consulting services for women who own or start small businesses.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island.  In 2013, the Foundation made grants of more than $31 million to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information, visit rifoundation.org.


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