Our Grantmaking Areas of Focus

In 2016, the Foundation distributed a record $45 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofits across the state. As the community foundation for the entire state, we fund a wide range of initiatives and projects, many of which are determined by the charitable interests of our donors.

Foundation funding has helped Amos House to expand its A Hand Up program, which puts men and women who panhandle to work cleaning roadways and vacant lots throughout Providence.

Through our discretionary grants, the Foundation invests in the following areas:

  • Educational success
    Focus: improve educational outcomes for all public school students
  • Healthy lives
    Focus: improve access to and quality of primary care for all Rhode Islanders
  • Economic security
    Focus: improve Rhode Island’s environment for economic growth so all Rhode Islanders can prosper
  • Arts and culture
    Focus: diverse participation in the arts, arts education, and a vital arts sector
  • Children and families
    Focus: a strong continuum of care for children and families through evidence-based practices and systems reform
  • Environment
    Focus: environmental resilience through strong food, energy, transportation, and natural resource systems
  • Housing
    Focus: increased affordable housing options in the state
  • Basic human needs
    Focus: to support community agencies that provide food, clothing, housing, and prescription assistance

The Foundation also awards grants for particular topics or issues, as well as specific geographic regions, as determined by our generous donors. Learn more about Foundation grant opportunities.

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