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Celebrating our Centennial with $500,000 in grants for community-building across RI
By Chris Barnett / April 27, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...
Map of RIThe Rhode Island Foundation has awarded $500,000 in grants to fund community-building activities in every city and town. The Centennial Community Grants program is just one in a series of activities to mark the Foundation’s 100th anniversary this year.

“Our work would not be possible but for the visionaries who came before us, the donors who generously invest in Rhode Island and the community leaders who convert the resources into action,” said Neil Steinberg, president and CEO of the Foundation.

Forty-three projects received funding. The maximum grant was $15,000. All the work that is being funded is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

“We are celebrating our Centennial by funding projects that will bring life to every one of Rhode Island's remarkable cities and towns. Communities will blossom and grow stronger as this works rolls out,” said Jessica David, the Foundation’s senior vice president of strategy and community investments.

The uses include building bikes lanes, creating neighborhood libraries, designing walking tours, planting community gardens and installing historical markers and monuments.

The town of North Providence received $15,000 to create and install signage and a gazebo on the waterfront at the Camp Meehan site in Governor Notte Park.

“Community is having a beautifully restored facility that can be enjoyed by all Rhode Islanders from the youth to the elderly,” said Mayor Charles Lombardi.

Aquidneck Community Table received $12,000 to create the first community garden in Newport. The 24-plot garden will be built at the Friends Meeting House site in downtown Newport.

“Community gardens are catalysts of neighborhood revitalization and connection, deterring crime, beautifying the landscape and creating outdoor spaces where people of many backgrounds come together to share the joy available in a garden,” said Project Director Bevan Linsley.

The Boys & Girls Club of Woonsocket received $8,000 to restore a basketball court located behind the club on land it recently purchased from the city. As part of the purchase agreement, the club is responsible for updating and renovating the area and providing access to the surrounding community. The grant will provide funding for new bleachers, benches and hoops.

“The renovated and updated complex will fill a void in the community by providing Woonsocket youth with a safe outdoor space in which to play and exercise- a place where a community can strengthen their bond and purpose,” said Daniel Grabowski, CEO and founder of the Boys & Girls Club of Woonsocket.

The Contemporary Theater Company of South Kingstown received $15,000 to present a summer performance series and enhance its public performance patio overlooking the Saugatucket River with lighting, seating, bicycle racks and sound equipment.

“South County residents are engaged, invested and committed to the local economy and environment,” said artistic director Christopher J. Simpson. “They seek out opportunities to connect with neighbors and explore new ideas.”

The East Greenwich Housing Authority and its affiliated nonprofit Cove Homes Inc. received $1,500 to construct, manage and maintain three Little Free Libraries at the three affordable housing developments for families in town.

“This will help us bring donated children’s books into the hands of more than 100 children living in our housing developments,” said Marcia Sullivan, CEO of Cove Homes. “By partnering with the East Greenwich Library, we look forward to engaging our young people and their families in important early literacy programs.”

The town of Warren will receive $15,000 to repair and restore full public access to the Jamiel Park Outdoor Skating Rink, the only Olympic-size inline skating rink in the area. The town is collaborating with local artists to incorporate public art into the facility.

“Warren has a wonderful reputation for active participation by individuals and community organizations in local community improvement initiatives,” said Jan Reitsma, interim town manager. “This project reflects that spirit of volunteerism and collaboration, as well as the town council's ongoing commitment to provide, upgrade and maintain open space and recreational facilities for public enjoyment.”

The Centennial grants were funded in part through a generous gift from long-time Foundation donor Anne Sage.
 

“This is such a wonderful way to celebrate the Foundation’s 100th anniversary. What an amazing opportunity to cast a wide net and benefit people from every corner of Rhode Island,” Sage said.

Among the other Centennial grants are:

The town of Barrington received $6,611 to install a deer fence and community bulletin board at the Barrington Community Garden. The deer fence will negate the need for individual fencing around gardeners’ plots and protect a newly created common area. The weatherproof bulletin board will serve as a central hub for important communications regarding the community garden.

“The Barrington Community Garden is a vibrant community asset where Barrington residents grow food, learn practical gardening skills and interact with other gardeners of all ages, ethnicities and incomes,” said Barrington Town Manager Peter A. DeAngelis. “This grant will help us continue to build community in Barrington through a shared sense of purpose.”

Located off Wampanoag Trail, the garden is organic and offers 100-square-foot plots to residents in exchange for a small fee and a commitment to participate in scheduled upkeep of common areas. In just two years, the garden has matured from fallow land to 60 plots.

The town supplies the garden with compost for the plots and woodchips to line the paths between plots. Thanks to a collaborative effort with the Barrington Energy Committee, water is available via a solar-operated pump that feeds spigots throughout the garden.

The Burrillville Historical & Preservation Society received $15,000 to install historical markers in the village of Harrisville. The signs will describe the history of the village and enhance the many community events that take place there including the annual art festival and musical performances at the gazebo.

“This grant will enable us to more effectively communicate the history of our community and its historic landmarks and people,” said Betty Mencucci, president of the Burillville Historical & Preservation Society. “Harrisville is a quintessential New England village, and we look forward to helping more Rhode Islanders understand and access its rich traditions and heritage. Our intention is to educate the people about Burrillville's history so that so that they have a deeper appreciation of the past. We hope that the signs will invite conversation and discussion between new residents, visitors, older residents and children.”

The Charlestown Land Trust received $8,600 to expand community participation in the Charlestown Land Trust Farmers Market. The grant will assist the Farmers Market with advertising, programming and special outreach to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Senior Farmer Market Nutrition Program recipients.

“We believe that everyone should have access to fresh vegetables, fruit, cheese, seafood, honey, and baked goods regardless of income,” said Jane Burns of the land trust’s Board of Directors. Its Friday-morning farmers market averaged 200 customers a week last year.

The grant will also enable the land trust to provide more programming, purchase supplies for the children’s craft table and purchase a tent, a table, chairs, a sound system, sandwich boards and posters.

“The more people that know about the Farmer's Market, the more successful we are in our mission to preserve local farms and support the health of our community,” said Karen Jarret, president of the land trust. “This investment will help us reach new audiences and better engage all members of our community.

“Join us Friday mornings at the Charlestown Land Trust Farmers Market for your fresh vegetables, local artisans, music and thoughtful discussion," said Jarret.

The city of Cranston received $15,000 for the Cranston Discovery Network, a municipally led effort to document and celebrate significant events, places and people in Cranston’s history. Working with the Cranston Herald, the Cranston Public Library, the Cranston School Department, the Senior Center and the Cranston Historical Society, the Cranston Discovery Network will design, fabricate and install a series of historic markers throughout the city of Cranston.

“The Cranston Discovery Network will publicly open the eyes and minds of the residents of our community to the people, places, and events that have made a mark on our history, our heritage, and at times the physical fabric and form of our City,” said Mayor Allan Fung. “With this important investment, we look forward to bringing our past to life in the present day.”

Coventry’s Parks and Recreation Department received $15,000 to build a “Tot Lot” playground in collaboration with the Coventry Public Library. To be located adjacent to the children’s wing of library, the outdoor 40' x 40' play space will include climbing structures along with a safe rock stairwell, individual spring-toy play areas and an accessible play feature for children with special needs.

“This project will bring together the library and the parks and recreation department in a unique collaboration designed to better serve the families of our community,” said Library Director Lynn Blanchette. “This grant will help to strengthen this community asset and support the healthy development of our town’s youngest learners.”

The fenced space will include a park bench and picnic tables along with several plantings on the site to provide shade. The surface will be constructed of a layer of sand, a layer of fabric to prevent plant materials from growing through the playground mulch, along with "Fibar" certified handicapped accessible playground surfacing materials. The fencing will be constructed of round wooden post and rail in combination with vinyl coated metal wire fence material. The walkway extending from the Greenway trail-extension to the "Tot Lot" will be constructed of concrete and be handicapped accessible.

The town of Cumberland received $10,000 to design, fabricate and install new municipal signs at Cumberland Town Hall and the Tucker Field Athletic Complex.

“These new signs will help present two of our most important community institutions in a new and attractive way,” said Cumberland Mayor Bill Murray. “With this investment, we strive to reach a new level of community pride in Cumberland’s unique identity and community character.”

Eating with the Ecosystem, in collaboration with a group of fishery stakeholders, the state Department of Environmental Management and the town of Narragansett's Galilee Advisory Committee, received $14,810 to design, fabricate and install a series of interpretive signs detailing the history and economic impact of the fishing community located at Point Judith.

“Point Judith's fishing port represents a vibrant occupational community,” said Sarah Schumann, Board President of Eating with the Ecosystem. “Connecting the port of Point Judith with the broader public is key to assuring a prosperous and inclusive future for Rhode Island's fishing industry.”

The East Providence Arts Council, in partnership with the city of East Providence and the Steel Yard, received $15,000 to create and install a permanent, large-scale sculpture on a vacant city-owned property.

"This city-owned parcel, though undevelopable, is important because it knits together many areas of our community," said Rick Lawson, the Council's chairman. "An iconic sculpture on this site will help to strengthen the arts community in East Providence and will serve as an important milestone in our initiative to create an Arts and Entertainment District in East Providence."

Fusionworks Dance Company received $3,985 for “Move With Me, Lincoln,” a project designed to raise awareness of the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle. The program will include free workshops and dance performances at elementary schools and assisted living facilities that encourage Lincoln residents to dance and celebrate healthy living together.

“This project is designed to not only say thank you to our neighbors, but also to also to share our area of expertise where our community needs it most,” said Deb Meunier, artistic director of Fusionworks. “We look forward to working with our longstanding community partners to encourage our neighbors to get out, dance and enjoy collective movement.”

The town of Glocester received $7,450 to restore Leja Field at Glocester Memorial Park.

“This restoration could help further a sense of harmony and participation that is essential to any community,” said Glocester Town Council President Walter Steere.

Historic Wickford received $10,000 to launch a series of educational markers in Wickford that will promote the village’s nearly 400-year history. Each marker will describe a specific topic in Wickford history and include historic photos or illustrations.

“The location and content of the markers have been selected to not only tell a complete story, but to also create a well thought-out historic walking loop through historic Wickford Village,” said Larry Ehrhardt, the group’s president.

The grant will leverage the $5,000 previously committed by Historic Wickford to enable production and installation of the first five markers in the initiative. The topics include the village’s shipbuilding past and the Updikes and the founding what would one day become Wickford. The project timetable is to begin installation of these markers in mid-2016. Any remaining funds will go toward the installation of a second group of five markers. These may include markers along or near Brown Street, Hussey Bridge, Academy Cove and the Olde Town House.

The Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Department received $10,000 to build an outdoor gazebo at Crandall Field for the purpose of offering a stage for performing artists and speakers at community events.

“When driving through Hopkinton, one is surrounded by beautiful architecture, charming homes, art studios, farms, historical mills and churches set to the backdrop of rolling hills and the Wood River. This new outdoor performance space at Crandall Field will be the perfect complement to our small, quintessential New England town. We are very pleased to be able to offer this new community asset to the town’s residents and performing artists,” said Mary Sawyer, director of parks and recreation.

The town of Jamestown received $15,000 to construct a memorial sculpture and install interpretive signage for a Narragansett nation tribal burial ground. The planned statute will serve as a physical tribute to the history of Native Americans on Conanicut Island.

“This project will bring together all members of our community to honor and protect the largest documented Indian cemetery in New England,” said Andrew Nota, town administrator. “This cemetery contains cremation burials that date back over 3,000 years, and we look forward to working with members of the Narraganset Indian Tribe to provide public recognition of this important community landmark.”

The Little Compton Community Center Corporation received $15,000 to develop an outdoor community space to better meet the needs of the local organizations that use its facility.

“The Little Compton Community Center is utilized by every sector of the community--families, schools, seniors, the disabled, local groups and organizations,” said Gina Malloy, executive director of the Little Compton Community Center Corporation. “A viable, usable, open outdoor space will add significantly to the community programs and events possible at the Community Center.”

The city of Newport received $14,800 to create mobile, solar-powered recreational spaces where people can recharge devices such as laptops and cell phones. Supported by partnership of public, private and nonprofit entities, including the Newport Tree Society, the “Plug Park” will be built in such a way that it can easily be moved from site to site within the city.

“The digital era has redefined the meaning of community. This will build on Newport's strength of place by bridging physical and virtual communities,” said William R. Riccio Jr., director of Newport’s Public Services. “The Plug Park will provide Newport with an opportunity to try out the future in an active, participatory and dynamic way.”

The town of North Smithfield received $15,000 to complete "Slatersville: America's First Mill Village," a two-part documentary film on the 200-year history of the first industrialized mill village in the United States. The film will use interviews with long-time residents, photos, personal letters and decades-old 8mm footage to tell the village’s story.

"Community means engaging, entertaining and educating citizens of all ages about the 'origins of place,'" said Christian de Rezendes, filmmaker and founder of Breaking Branches Pictures Inc., who is producing the documentary. “The film will not only work to educate people about the evolution of mill village life in a way not done previously, but it will bring communities together in enlightening and enriching ways.”

The Old County Road Elementary School in Smithfield, in partnership with the town’s Conservation Commission, received $9,000 for the Woodland Whispers Project. Poetry, artwork and photographs will be collected and displayed throughout town through both temporary and permanent outdoor signage that does not interfere or detract from the natural landscape.

“We want to give residents opportunities to enjoy the town’s many outdoor spaces, learn about local nature, and share their feelings, words, and artistic renderings about wildlife,” said Principal Laurie Sullivan. “We hope to get students involved in their community by displaying their nature-related work in town, getting them outside in their own neighborhood to enjoy the nature trails and fostering an appreciation for the natural world.”

Old Slater Mill Association received $11,370 for its Slater Mill’s Light Up to Unite / Slater Mill Aviva la Unidad project, a public art and poetry initiative using historic mills as a canvas to draw attention to the diverse cultural heritage of Pawtucket and Central Falls.

“Ours is a multi-cultural valley linked by the Blackstone River, where the rich heritages of Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and North America have converged to create a colorfully-integrated landscape,” said Old Slater Mill Association Executive Director Lori Urso.

The Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corporation (PCFDC) received $12,000 to develop protected bike lanes around public school buildings in the city of Central Falls.

“This project will provide Central Falls residents with a healthy and affordable alternative for getting to school, work and other neighborhood destinations through high quality bicycle infrastructure,” said Linda Weisinger, PCFDC’s executive director. “Protected bike lanes are a proven method of increasing bicycle ridership and in improving health and satisfaction for all residents, and we look forward to ensuring greater bicycling accessibility for Central Falls residents.”

The town of Portsmouth received $10,000 to help create a dog park for its 1,672 registered dogs and their owners as a place to gather and interact, thus building community in a 2-acre section of Melville Park, centrally located in the town, that will be dedicated to preserving the natural beauty that typifies Newport County.

"This dog park will be a welcoming place for residents of Newport County and beyond, including visitors to the Melville Ponds Campground, and also provide opportunities for community volunteers as well as education and training to dog owners," said Bunny Miller, Portsmouth Dog Park Planning Committee.

The Preservation Society of Newport County, in collaboration with the Norman Bird Sanctuary, Whitehall and St. Columba’s Chapel, received $12,510 to develop a series of programs designed to interpret and promote the “Paradise Valley” area of Middletown. The coalition will develop a physical and online map with historic images and self-guided tours, in addition to a planned lecture series on the natural, historic and cultural history of Paradise Valley.

“Middletown's identity centers on its scenic agricultural character,” said Trudy Coxe, the Preservatino Society’s CEO and executive director. “Our project goal is to foster community pride by engaging the residents of Middletown in learning about and experiencing this unique and treasured landscape.”

Providence CityArts for Youth received $15,000 to engage youth, community members and renowned Rhode Island muralists in designing and creating a mosaic tile and painted public mural that will celebrate the community in Providence’s Southside neighborhoods.

“The result will be a colorful collage of clay relief tiles and painted images woven together to tell Southside stories that reflect our rich diversity of cultures and voices,” said Barbara Wong, executive director.

The town of Richmond received $15,000 for the Richmond Heritage Trail, a 1.24-mile public recreational trail along the broad, forested wetland associated with Meadow Brook and Meadow Brook fen to the north of the property.

“The trail will provide opportunities for passive recreation, exercise, and historic, cultural, and ecological learning for residents and visitors,” said Town Administrator Karen Pinch.

The work will include a compacted stone-dust trail for use by handicapped and other persons with all physical capabilities; a foot trail on natural ground with limited vegetation pruning; and a wooden boardwalk and elevated footbridge with railings and access ramps as a wetland crossing, a footbridge over a stream and a culvert at an abandoned ditch.

The site is part of a 47-acre partially-forested land tract designated as open space, as part of the approved Richmond Commons mixed-use development project. Much of the site has been modified by sand and gravel mining operations.

The town also proposes five interpretive trail signs to highlight cultural and ecological values of this property and other town historic occurrences and landscape features. A picnic table rest-stop platform linked to the handicap-accessible boardwalk is also proposed. Lastly, the Town seeks to restore a native plant community in targeted areas of the property where previous sand and gravel operations disturbed the site, and at locations where native plant restoration will enhance passive recreational uses of the trail. 

The interpretive signs will focus on the past history of Richmond from Native Peoples and early colonization to more recent and future communities, and explain the ecological restoration and volunteer commitment in achieving the site restoration and community values.

“While the trail will terminate at the northwestern end of the property, our long-term goal is to connect with the existing North-South Trail, which extends through RIDEM's Arcadia Wildlife Management Area to the northwest,” said Pinch.

The Rocky Point Foundation received $5,620 to restore the Rocky Point Arch, which has fallen into a state of disrepair. Along with the assistance and support of the Warwick Department of Public Works and the Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, rust and lead paint will be removed and the 60 foot tall structure will be repainted and restored to its former glory.

“Members of the community have frequently, via social media and other means, called for the arch's revitalization. As Rocky Point's renewal as a recreational resource continues, we hope through this project to preserve this significant piece of park's rich past,” said John Howell, president of the Rocky Point Foundation.

Trinity Repertory Company received $15,000 to support free outdoor performances of a new bilingual English-Spanish adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Adapted by Arte Latino of New England (ALNE) director Saúl Ramos and directed by TRC Associate Artistic Director Tyler Dobrowsky, Romeo and Juliet will be performed outdoors in locations around Providence, including the South Providence Library, Kennedy Plaza, Roger Williams Park, and Waterplace Park in July and August 2016.

“Greater Providence is quickly becoming one of the most diverse communities in the country, and its Latino community has a growing and significant influence on the cultural climate in our city and our state” said Curt Columbus, Artistic Director of Trinity Rep. “These performances will bring our communities together, to celebrate a new tradition, one that we can share in a family-friendly and festive environment.”

Thundermist Health Center received $14,860 to create a community orchard on town-owned land near its facility on Main Street in West Warwick. The orchard will consist of 12 trees, including pear and sour cherry trees; and berry plants.

“Our priority is to improve the social connectedness of the community by providing a space for people to gather. Creating such a place can help facilitate relationships and catalyze a sense of community,” said Chuck Jones, Thundermist’s CEO.

The 13-member West Warwick Health Equity Zone will oversee the project. Volunteers from HEZ partners will support the planting and maintenance of the orchard, where residents will be able to harvest the fruit that grows there.

“Access to healthy, affordable, and fresh foods is a challenge for many low-income families in West Warwick. In addition, we have found that there is a higher demand for fruit rather than vegetables, especially for children. We believe that creating a space where free, fresh fruit is available will encourage fruit consumption,” Jones explained.

“Finally, we will increase the ability for people to be active. Harvesting fruit is an inherently physical act. The orchard will also be a destination to which people can walk. The tentative location of the orchard is adjacent to the Civic Center, along a green corridor that links the bike path to the Middle and High School, allowing people to access the orchard with a safe walking and biking route. Of note, many people currently glean berries and other edible plants off of the bike path,” he said.

The town of Tiverton received $14,974 to help remediate and restore Grinnell’s Beach, a town-owned bathing beach along the northeastern shore of the Sakonnet River.

"Grinnell's Beach occupies a special place in the landscape and collective memory of Tiverton. Many learned to swim on this small beach with its beautiful view of the Sakonnet River and Gould Island,” said Town Administrator Matthew Wojcik.

“We have a comprehensive plan in place to improve the beach, including repair or replacement of old assets, addressing environmental issues and enhancing access to improved amenities. The goal is for people of all ages and abilities to create their own memories of the unique setting at Grinnell's. This grant is a key part of the effort, leveraging the town’s ability to perform work with the materials needed to complete the beach reconstruction and stabilization," he said.

The Tomaquag Museum received $9,920 to develop a free, weekly Children’s Hour program that will teach the history and culture of the Narragansett Tribal Nation through music, dance and storytelling.

“Children’s Hour is a wonderful way to engage local families in the knowledge of Indigenous culture through fun and interactive learning experiences,” said Lorén Spears, Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum. “We are grateful for the opportunity to expand our programming throughout the community of Exeter and beyond.”

The Warwick Public Library received $12,300 to provide library material to homebound residents. The library anticipates 1,000 mailings in the program’s first year to Warwick residents who are unable to travel to the library due to age or disability.

“Within our community are many people who are homebound, either because of age or infirmity. We want them to be able to enjoy the library's offerings and be made participants in the whole Warwick community,” said Chris La Roux, the Library’s director.

The town of Westerly received $15,000 to create a park on four acres of land surrounding the town’s official welcome center on Route 1 near Westerly State Airport. The grant will launch a 3-stage plan to transform the property into a community space starting with installing picnic tables, trash cans and recycling bins and planting trees and shrubs. The site was clear-cut by the Rhode Island Airport Corporation in February 2014.

“More than 25 years ago, this was the community's picnic grove. This project will allow locals and tourists to once again enjoy those same opportunities. Our goal is to transform this property into a parcel of pride that is visually attractive and provides an opportunity for passive, outdoor recreation. Once complete, the community will enjoy the walking trails, picnic tables, benches, gazebo and flowering shrubs and low lying trees,” said Town Manager Derrik Kennedy.

The town is working with students from the University of Rhode Island's Landscape Design program, the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, the Westerly Garden Club, and other groups on the project.

“A model for plant selection was developed where dependability, ease of maintenance, drought tolerance, and longevity of bloom are factors of equal importance. We aim to attract butterflies and small birds which were displaced after the clear-cut of the parcel. We recognize the potential for enjoyment, education, and passive recreation that this unique landscape could bring to future generations,” he said.

The West Greenwich Land Trust (WGLT) received $4,000 to install four informational kiosks on its Pratt and Fry Pond conservation areas. The kiosks will provide visitors with detailed information about the properties’ history, topography, wildlife and trails.

“West Greenwich residents recognize the importance of the town’s natural history and the lifestyle that a rural community provides to us all. This grant will enable us to preserve open space and maintain existing agricultural, wildlife, recreational, scenic and historical land uses that represent the town’s heritage,” said Steve Wright, Chairman of the WGLT.

The city of Woonsocket received $8,500 to install a series of 10 spherical steel wire sculptures along the edge of the River Island Art Park near the Blackstone River and along the various walking paths. Several spheres will be surface-mounted, while others will be mounted at eye-level to highlight prominent areas of historical significance within the park.

“The installation of these streetscape structures in River Island Art Park will tap into the creative vision of our extraordinary community -- inspiring those who have big ideas -- and transform this park into an inviting place for activities and events, that will encourage residents to become more engaged with their city,” said Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.

The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council received $10,000 to organize a Fall Festival at the recently revitalized Cricket Field in Johnston. The event is designed to highlight the new park amenities, bring awareness to the river and wildlife and showcase the adjacent historic mill village.

“This festival is a great way to build stewardship of the river and celebrate the history of the surrounding community in Johnston,” said Alicia Lehrer, the Council’s executive director. “This grant provides the opportunity to bring residents back into the park, make connections within the community, and connect more Rhode Islanders to the natural resources found in right in their own backyard.”

Founded on June 13, 1916, with a $10,000 gift from industrialist Jesse Metcalf, the Foundation’s assets have grown to nearly $800 million. Over the past five years, the Foundation has awarded more than $165 million in grants.

The center piece of the centennial celebration is a $10 million campaign to restore Roger Williams Park. The work will include improvements to the park’s entrances, new signage, expanded walkways and bicycle paths and repairs to the Museum of Natural History, the Bandstand, the Casino and the Temple to Music.

The Foundation has already raised $5 million. The support includes $1.5 million from the Foundation itself as well as a $1.15 million gift from The Champlin Foundations to restore the historic Bandstand and Museum. In addition, more than four dozen other donors have contributed to the campaign.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2015, the Foundation awarded $41.5 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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