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We award $25,000 fellowships to three local artists
By Chris Barnett / March 28, 2017
The recipients were selected from more than 150 applicants for what are considered to be among the largest no-string-attached grants available to artists in the United States.

Offering grants to serve RI's LGBTQ communities
By Chris Barnett / March 20, 2017
Nonprofits that serve the state’s LGBTQ communities have until April 13 to apply for grants of up to $10,000 through our Equity Action Fund.

Fourteen nonprofits receive grants for services to Latino community
By Chris Barnett / March 15, 2017
Fourteen nonprofit organizations that serve the Latino community will receive grants through our Juanita Sánchez Community Fund, established in memory of the late Latina activist.

RI students can apply for $1.8 million in scholarships
By Chris Barnett / March 13, 2017
At the time of year when colleges are sending out financial aid packages, we are offering Rhode Island students and their families more than $1.8 million in scholarships.

Meghan Hughes named to Board of Directors
By Chris Barnett / March 7, 2017
Meghan Hughes has been named to our Board of Directors. As the state’s largest funder of nonprofit organizations, we awarded a record $45 million in grants to more than 1,600 nonprofits in 2016.

Grants available to serve North Smithfield residents
By Chris Barnett / March 3, 2017
Nonprofit organizations that provide services to improve the health and welfare of North Smithfield residents have until March 24 to apply for grants through our North Smithfield Ambulance and Rescue Association Fund.

$28 million gift sets record for philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / February 27, 2017
The estate gift from the Wilcox family is the single largest unrestricted donation in our 100-year history.

Offering $10,000 grants for proposals that build community
By Chris Barnett / February 23, 2017
We are offering local libraries, schools, municipal agencies and nonprofit groups grants of up to $10,000 to fund proposals that bring people together as a community.

Grants available to serve Newport County residents
By Chris Barnett / February 7, 2017
Nonprofit organizations serving Newport County’s six communities have until Feb. 16 to apply for more than $260,000 in grants.

Nonprofits that serve Barrington have until Feb. 10 to apply for grants
By Chris Barnett / January 26, 2017
Nonprofits that provide health care, counseling or basic human needs such as food or shelter to Barrington residents have until Feb. 10 to apply for grants of up to $15,000.

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