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17 nonprofits get grants for preservation
By Chris Barnett / March 18, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...

Seventeen nonprofit organizations will share more than $31,000 in grants for everything from documenting the status of endangered historic properties to putting a 2,000-page diary on-line through the Archive, Document, Display and Disseminate Fund (ADDD) at the Rhode Island Foundation.

“By offering incentives to strengthen libraries and other civic, cultural and literacy-focused organizations, we are expanding their role as community centers that stimulate dialogue around critical issues,” said philanthropist Herman Rose, who created the fund in 1986.

The fund has two primary goals: to increase access to information through archiving, documenting, displaying or disseminating print, digital or other material and to provide challenge grants for fundraising campaigns for the acquisition of equipment, special collections and publications among other material.

The Davisville Free Library Association in North Kingstown received a $2,150 challenge grant for its “Books for Davisville” 2015 fundraising campaign, which will introduce the community to library services, provide funds for book purchases, supplement the operating budget and encourage support for the endowment fund.

The Literacy Volunteers of Washington County was awarded a $1,000 challenge grant for its 2015 Annual Support Campaign to provide free programs to individuals in need in their community.

The Newport Public Library was awarded an $1,800 challenge grant to fund work on its children’s and youth areas. The library will receive $1 for every $1 raised over $35,000 to a maximum of $1,800.

AS220 in Providence received $2,800 to support archiving 30 years of artistic work including video, audio and photographic material.

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island in Smithfield was awarded $691.12 to restore preserved specimens that have lost fluid, to conserve printed material and to create a digital copy of the 11 volumes of the diaries of Elizabeth Dickens’ daily observations of birds of Block Island from 1912 to 1962.

Bristol Historical and Preservation Society in Bristol received $1,500 to continue cataloguing its early collections.

Groundwork Providence in Providence was awarded $1,799 to create at least four all-weather, outdoor signs for the organization’s nursery and community garden as well as to print up to 1,000 pamphlets to educate the public why purchasing trees from a local nursery is beneficial  to the environment and the community.

The Pawtucket Public Library received $740 to preserve and digitize three volumes of the Pawtucket Sanborn Atlas and provide online access to the collection. A second grant of $1,059 will be used to support the Pawtucket History Research Center Digitization Initiative to purchase equipment to digitize historic photographs and regalia so that it can be made available online for research and viewing by the public worldwide.

The PC Galleries at Providence College was awarded $2,800 to design a comprehensive website and digital archive.

The Preservation Society of Pawtucket received $1,800 to create a virtual tour of the Joseph Spaulding House, a restored 1828 Federal style cottage that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Providence CityArts for Youth was awarded $2,800 to design, print and distribute a publication documenting the organization’s work in creative youth development that will be distributed to donors, community stakeholders and policy-makers.

The Providence Preservation Society received $1,500 to create a website documenting the status of properties that have appeared on its annual Most Endangered Properties lists.

The Prudence Island Historical and Preservation Society in Portsmouth was awarded $932 to purchase display panels and accessories, a floor-standing binder display and photo frames to house an exhibit on the history of one-room schools on Prudence Island.

Rhode Island Latino Arts received $1,500 for its Digital Story Telling: Foto Historias project. The grant will be used to hire an intern, purchase software to convert audio files into a digital storyboard and provide related material for needy students.

The South Kingstown Land Trust was awarded $2,500 to create a video about the historic Samuel E. Perry Grist Mill. Built in 1703, the Mill is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Southside Community Land Trust in Providence received $1,750 to create a Spanish-language version of its website for growers, buyers and donors.

Tomaquag Museum in Exeter was awarded $2,800 to create a film documenting the museum’s 57-year history.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island.  In 2014, the Foundation awarded $34.8 million in grants 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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