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Grants available to serve North Smithfield residents
By Chris Barnett / March 3, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...

Nonprofit organizations that provide services to improve the health and welfare of North Smithfield residents have until March 24 to apply for grants through the

North Smithfield Ambulance and Rescue Association Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

Preference will be given to organizations that do not have access to other sources of funding. The Foundation has awarded more than $80,000 in grants since the fund was established in 2003.

Last year’s recipients include Camp Ruggles, which gave summer camp scholarships to local youngsters; Saint Antoine Community, which purchased a defibrillator; and Thundermist Health Center, which provided subsidized medical and dental care to needy residents.

The North Smithfield Ambulance and Rescue Association formed in 1954 to provide free ambulance and rescue services to residents. Its activities were funded through annual door-to-door drives and direct mail appeals.

In the early 2000s, when ambulance and rescue runs began to be billed to insurance companies, the Association disbanded. The North Smithfield Fire Department picked up the ambulance and rescue service, utilizing a rescue truck, boat and other equipment donated by the Association. The Association then transferred its remaining assets to the Foundation to establish a permanent endowment.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2016, the Foundation awarded a record $45 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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