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Oct. 3 is deadline for grants to serve RI's Latino community
By Chris Barnett / September 24, 2014 /   Loading Disqus...

Nonprofit organizations have until Oct. 3 to apply for grants that serve the Latino community through the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

The Fund was created in 1992 through contributions from Sánchez’s friends and family members who wished to honor her achievements as a community leader, organizer, and long-time believer in fighting for the unmet needs and rights of Latinos. The fund has awarded more than $94,000 in grants to date.

Last year’s recipients include Friends of the Pawtucket Public Library, which received $1,000 to enlarge its collection of Spanish and bilingual books and audio material; Fuerza Laboral, which received $1,00 to provide in-depth training to develop grassroots leadership in the Latino community; and Progreso Latino, which received $1,000 to provide arts and crafts activities for Latino senior citizens.

The fund is guided by an advisory committee comprised of Marta Martinez, Catherine Channell, and Michelle DePlante.

“Eighteen years after her death, Juanita Sánchez still evokes powerful memories, smiles, tears, advocacy, and the act of giving to Latino issues in Rhode Island. Today, the Sánchez Fund memorializes Juanita’s life by making small grants to organizations seeking to serve the unmet needs and advance the rights of Latinos. As a former colleague and founding member of this fund, I am pleased that the Rhode Island Foundation continues to manage the fund, and encourage organizations serving Latinos in RI apply,” said Martinez. “I also encourage individuals everywhere to support the only fund serving the Spanish-speaking community in our state by sending a donation today.”

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.

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