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$2.8 million available to improve health
By Chris Barnett / March 19, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

Nonprofit organizations have until April 2 to apply for $2.8 million in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation through its Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island.

“In addition to quality primary care, we know that factors outside of the clinical setting must be addressed to achieve optimal health outcomes.  We plan to support collaborations which will decrease health disparities and improve the health of Rhode Islanders by improving social and environmental determinants of health - the context in which we live, work, play and learn,” said Larry Warner, who oversees grantmaking in the health sector at the Foundation.

The Foundation will give priority to proposals that bring together clinical organizations, community-based organizations, and residents to improve the health of communities with high rates of illness, chronic disease or other adverse health outcomes. 

“Achieving and maintaining good health is more likely when people are part of communities that promote health and healthy choices. Creating healthier and more equitable places requires meaningful, sustained collaboration,” said Warner.

Grants will be for projects one to three years in duration, and up to $200,000 per year. Proposals will be evaluated on how they address elements such as collaboration, community engagement, capacity to implement, measuring outcomes and the degree to which they leverage additional support from other sources.

Since 2009, the Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island has awarded more than $8 million in grants, including almost $3 million in educational loan repayments for primary health care providers working in shortage areas. Most recently, the Foundation awarded $2.7 million to proposals that focused on testing payment models that integrate and align incentives to address public health, social services and behavioral health; encouraging collaboration and testing safety-net provider participation in payment reform.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $38 million and awarded $43 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2017. 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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