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Chris Barnett
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$10,000 grants for proposals to enhance the community
By Chris Barnett / March 20, 2018
Proposals should spark community engagement at the local level, be easily accessible to the community, involve new or enhance existing community partnerships, be doable, have a meaningful impact on the community, create lasting impact and make exceptionally good use of the funds.

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

Carter Spark Grants bolster classroom innovation
By Chris Barnett / March 12, 2018
Elementary school teachers in 23 cities and towns will share $153,000 in grants from the program launched by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter.

$10,000 grants available to serve RI's LGBTQ communities
By Chris Barnett / March 7, 2018
Our program is open to nonprofits that traditionally have served Rhode Island’s LGBTQ communities, as well as organizations that are working to initiate or expand services to the LGBTQ communities.

Promotions enhance our capacity to grow
By Chris Barnett / February 26, 2018
We announce five promotions that will enhance our capacity to work in partnership with donors and grantees to meet the needs of the people of Rhode Island.

Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion
By Chris Barnett / February 22, 2018
We are launching a new grantmaking opportunity, refining our strategic priorities, adopting impact targets and adding new staff positions to support work with partners, donors, nonprofits and community leaders.

Grants fund programs for Latino community
By Chris Barnett / February 15, 2018
Eleven nonprofit organizations that serve the Latino community will receive grants through our Juanita Sánchez Community Fund. The programs range from mentoring and after-school activities to ESL classes and scholarships.

Three RI composers win $25,000 fellowships
By Chris Barnett / February 13, 2018
Jeff Prystowsky, Jacob Richman and Kirsten Volness will receive $25,000 grants from our Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund. They are considered to be among the largest no-strings-attached grants available to composers in the United States.

Carter Roger Williams Initiative offers scholarships
By Chris Barnett / February 5, 2018
High school seniors have until Feb. 12 to apply for up to $80,000 each in college scholarships through its Carter Roger Williams Initiative at the Rhode Island Foundation. Conceived of and funded by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter, the program honors the principles of the state’s founding father.

Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund empowers RI's Black community
By Chris Barnett / January 31, 2018
To mark Black History Month, our Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund awards more than $130,000 in grants and scholarships to empower the community.

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