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A record year in 2016
By Chris Barnett / February 8, 2017
We awarded a record $45 million in grants last year. More than 1,600 nonprofit organizations working across eight broad sectors, including economic development, education and health care, received funding.

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.

Grants will improve access and equity for Black RI'ers
By Chris Barnett / January 23, 2017
Five Providence nonprofit organizations serving the African-American community have been awarded $26,600 in the final round of grants from the Rhode Island Foundation's Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI).

Spark Grants promote reading and classroom innovation
By Chris Barnett / January 17, 2017
Launched by philanthropists Letitia and John Carter in 2013, the program offered school-wide reading grants of up to $10,000 for the first time this year. Elementary schools in seven communities will receive grants for proposals that will inspire a life-long love of reading in students.

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.

By Neil Steinberg / November 7, 2016
We are pleased to share that we will be investing more than $350,000 in three proven programs that are already making a difference in the lives of those in need downtown.

Building a new model for community health
By Chris Barnett / October 12, 2016
A new model for community health care is coming to Central Falls. Blackstone Valley Community Health Care is building a $15 million Neighborhood Health Station on land directly behind the existing Notre Dame Express Health Care building at 1000 Broad St.

Ceramic tiles capture the spirit of one community
By Chris Barnett / October 4, 2016
Four different panels were created; each depicting colorful scenes of town life like playgrounds and boating. These panels will welcome visitors to Jamiel’s Park, a 13-acre waterfront park in the heart of downtown.

New partnership tackles “achievement gap” for English Learners
By Chris Barnett / September 30, 2016
State and local education officials and the Rhode Island Foundation are partnering on a nearly $500,000 initiative to tackle the “achievement gap” for students who are English Learners. The program will send 60 public school teachers back to college for intensive English as a Second Language Instruction and Dual Language Program training.

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