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Chris Barnett
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Rhode Island Foundation honors five nonprofits with 2017 Best Practice Awards
By Chris Barnett / October 5, 2017
“These recipients emerged from a highly competitive process and an impressive group of nominees,” said Jill Pfitzenmayer, vice president of the Foundation’s Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence.

Grants available to seed medical research
By Chris Barnett / October 2, 2017
We're offering grants of up to $25,000 to launch promising medical research proposals. The funding is intended to help early-career researchers advance their projects to the point where they can compete for large-scale national funding.

Nonprofits receive $67,000 to serve Barrington residents
By Chris Barnett / September 27, 2017
Nine nonprofits receive more than $67,000 in grants through our Barrington District Nursing Association Fund.

Hundreds of students receive scholarships
By Chris Barnett / September 14, 2017
Our scholarships honor not just the recipients, but the donors who make their dreams of a better future come true.

FabNewport: Making a Difference
By Chris Barnett / September 11, 2017
FabNewport gives kids "a chance to play with materials, tools and machines with the support of expert coaching, a chance to learn at their own pace while surrounded with possibility."

Offering grants to serve RI's Latino community
By Chris Barnett / September 5, 2017
Nonprofit organizations have until Sept. 29 to apply for grants that serve the Latino community through the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation. Grants generally range from $500 to $1,500

South County nonprofits win funding
By Chris Barnett / August 23, 2017
Seven South County nonprofits have won grants through the Rhode Island Foundation’s Community Grants program. The funding will support work ranging from creating performance spaces to keeping senior citizens healthy. “These grants will create places to gather, build relationships and launch new collaborations that will make community connections stronger all over Rhode Island,” said Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Foundation.

Offering grants to serve the Black community
By Chris Barnett / August 22, 2017
Nonprofits serving Rhode Island’s Black community have until Sept. 15 to apply for nearly $90,000 in grants through the new Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund.

We're offering composers $25,000 to create music
By Chris Barnett / August 11, 2017
Rhode Island composers who dream of having more time to work on their craft have until Sept. 5 to apply for $25,000 fellowships from the Rhode Island Foundation. The grants are considered to be among the largest no-strings-attached awards available to artists in the United States.

Offering nearly $300,000 in grants to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / August 4, 2017
Supporting programs that improve the health of Rhode Islanders is one of our core objectives. Our priority is proposals that will greatly impact the provision of quality and affordable health care services or that will connect individuals with the community health resources necessary for better health outcomes.

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