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Nourishing artistic and cultural traditions
By Daniel Kertzner / November 21, 2016
Collaborating with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Expansion Arts program targets emerging organizations whose programs and missions center on the cultural practices and traditions of Rhode Island’s diverse communities.

Seeding innovation in Rhode Island's schools
By / July 11, 2016
What do we mean when we say “innovation” in the education context? To us, innovative approaches in education are those new ideas that hold transformative promise to produce measurable results for a specific need in a sustainable and replicable way.

Centennial Community Grants available for community-making projects
By / December 8, 2015
In 2016, the Rhode Island Foundation will commemorate 100 years since our founding, and we plan to celebrate each of Rhode Island’s unique thirty-nine cities and towns by funding community-making projects throughout the state.

Third quarter grants benefit Rhode Islanders from Woonsocket to Westerly
By Jenny Pereira / November 18, 2015
Our grantmaking continued in the third quarter with more than $7 million awarded to organizations serving Rhode Islanders from Woonsocket to Westerly…and all our state’s cities and towns in-between.

Our robust grantmaking continues in 2015
By Jenny Pereira / April 30, 2015
After a record-setting 2014, in which we awarded more money in grants than any year in our 99-year-history, we’re continuing our rigorous grantmaking in 2015. In the first quarter, our grants, both Foundation-directed and donor-directed, totaled more than $8 million.

Supporting smart approaches to education
By Connie Grosch / March 26, 2015
Schools with high concentrations of low-income, urban students often have less successful educational outcomes. We are committed to changing that.

Nonprofits receive a record $34.8 million in grants last year
By Chris Barnett / February 19, 2015
More than 1,400 nonprofits organizations shared $34.8 million in grants in 2014, the most in the Foundation's 98-year history.

Protecting children is a priority
By Inés Merchán / November 17, 2014
Our $50,000 grant to Day One will produce a lifetime of benefits to children, their families and society as a whole.

Keeping traditions alive
By Connie Grosch / October 30, 2014
A joint effort between the Rhode Island Foundation, the RI Council for the Humanities, and the RI State Council on the Arts, the Expansion Arts Program focuses on small and emerging arts and humanities organizations run by and serving communities of color.

Grants 'reflect the breadth and depth of our grantmaking'
By Daniel Kertzner / August 26, 2014
The Rhode Island Foundation awarded more than $15.6 million in grants to fund dozens of programs serving Rhode Islanders throughout the state in the first half of 2014.

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