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Animal welfare groups receive $470,000
By Chris Barnett / November 20, 2017
We award more than $470,000 in grants to fund animal welfare programs across the state ranging from low-cost spay and neuter programs and humane education to seal rescues and coyote education.

Inaugural Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment awarded to Rob DeBlois, principal and founder of UCAP
By Chris Barnett / November 13, 2017
The inaugural Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment at the Rhode Island Foundation was awarded to Rob DeBlois, principal of the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program.

Investing for social and financial impact
By Chris Barnett / October 30, 2017
Our new Impact Investing initiative aims to invest up to 5 percent of our endowment, beyond traditional grantmaking efforts, in Rhode Island-based efforts that generate measurable social impact and a financial return.

Carter Fellowships support bold ideas
By Chris Barnett / October 19, 2017
Designed to stimulate solutions to Rhode Island challenges, the initiative is made possible through the foresight and generosity of philanthropists Letitia and John Carter.

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.

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.

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