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$35,000 available to Jewish groups
By Chris Barnett / May 24, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...

Jewish community charitable organizations, synagogues and day schools from Barrington to East Greenwich have until June 10 to apply for more than $35,000 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation through the Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund.

“We are pleased to offer Jewish charitable organizations serving the greater Providence community additional support,” said Toby Shepherd, grant programs officer at the Foundation. “We look forward to working with eligible nonprofits in their vital work addressing the needs of all Rhode Islanders.”

The Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund awards grants to proposals that develop connections between the Jewish community and greater Rhode Island, deepen the understanding of Jewish life and culture through scholarship and historic preservation or provide for basic human needs such as food and housing. In addition, Jewish charitable organizations that provide these services can apply for funding to support capacity-building activities such as board development, strategic planning, nonprofit business development, fundraising or program evaluation.

Synagogues and day schools are eligible to apply only for project support, and their proposals must be non-sectarian in nature and designed to reach beyond their own constituents. Capital requests are not eligible for funding under this grant program.

The Foundation will give priority to proposals that have clearly stated goals and objectives, measurable outcomes and a clear sustainability plan. The maximum grant is $10,000.

Organizations that received funding last year include the Jewish Community Day School, for a program bringing Jewish and Muslim children together to explore issues of identity, society, and friendship; Temple Emanu-El, to bring seven community choirs together for a musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; and Jewish Family Service, to provide home-based mental health counseling to homebound seniors and persons with disabilities.

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 grant making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.
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