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Grants available to serve Newport County residents
By Chris Barnett / January 21, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...

Nonprofit organizations that serve Newport County’s six communities have until Feb. 18 to apply for more than $250,000 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation.

The Newport County Fund (NCF) offers grants of up to $10,000 in eight key funding areas: arts and culture, children and families, education, economic security, environment, health, housing and basic human needs. Among the eligible uses are project-development support for new programs, strengthening or expanding established community programs or services and community or municipal planning or leadership.

Successful applications will demonstrate focus on a significant problem or opportunity, strategic partnerships or collaboration, innovation in their approach or project design and measurable results.

“This fund is focused on serving the unique needs of these communities to help address specific topics within a particular community or multiple communities,” said Adrian Bonéy, the Foundation’s grantmaker for special programs.

The NCF does not fund individuals or scholarships, capital or endowment efforts, medical research, debt reduction or fundraising events. Grants may support faith-based organizations for secular programs or projects. These are annual grants; NCF does not make multi-year commitments.

In making the funding decisions, the Foundation will work with an advisory committee comprised of Newport County residents including Jack Ellis, Bill Harvey, Kristen Humphrey, Victoria Johnson, John Murphy and John Trifero.

Since 2002, the NCF has made more than $2.8 million in grants to fund programs and services for residents of Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth and Tiverton. The NCF is one of one of several committee-advised funds at the Foundation established to fulfill the desire of donors and serving specific issues or geographic areas.

Recent grant recipients include the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County, which received $5,900 to offer College Bound and SAT preparation programs; Cornerstone Adult Services, which was awarded $8,000 to provide educational programs to help older Newport County adults gain the skills they need to be healthy and independent; and the Newport County YMCA, which received $10,000 to launch a sexual-abuse educational program that empowers adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

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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