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Minority arts and cultural groups can apply for grants
By Chris Barnett / August 14, 2015
We believe in the importance of nourishing the artistic and cultural traditions of communities of color. This is an important part of our strategy to foster diverse participation in the arts.

Nonprofits awarded $17.2 million in first half of 2015
By Chris Barnett / August 11, 2015
We align the dreams of our donors with solutions to the challenges Rhode Island faces. By supporting innovation, collaboration and leadership, we make it possible for nonprofits to achieve the changes that are vital as the state moves forward

Nonprofits can apply for grants to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / August 7, 2015
Supporting work that improves the health of Rhode Islanders is one of our core objectives. We are looking for proposals that will have the greatest impact on the provision of quality and affordable health care services.

A few changes to how your nonprofit might receive organizational development support from the Foundation
By Jenny Pereira / June 15, 2015
We're making a few shifts in the way we fund “organizational development” or activities to strengthen organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

North Smithfield residents to benefit from grants
By Chris Barnett / June 11, 2015
Our help will underwrite a variety of services including expanding health care programs and sending needy youngsters to summer camp.

$50,000 available to Jewish groups
By Chris Barnett / June 9, 2015
Proposals must develop connections between the Jewish community and greater Rhode Island, deepen the understanding of Jewish life and culture through scholarship and historic preservation, or provide for basic human needs such as food and housing.

Newport County residents to benefit from $200,000 in grants
By Chris Barnett / May 15, 2015
The funding from the Newport County Fund will underwrite activities ranging from after-school activities and cleaning up Sachuest Bay to Alzheimer’s supports and relationship violence prevention.

Our robust grantmaking continues in 2015
By Jenny Pereira / April 30, 2015
After a record-setting 2014, in which we awarded more money in grants than any year in our 99-year-history, we’re continuing our rigorous grantmaking in 2015. In the first quarter, our grants, both Foundation-directed and donor-directed, totaled more than $8 million.

'Behind every proposal is a passionate, creative, positive advocate'
By Jessica David / April 16, 2015
We are excited to announce the 2015 Rhode Island Innovation Fellows, John Haley and the team of Daniel Kamil and Emily Steffian.

Grants to improve primary care are available
By Chris Barnett / April 2, 2015
By encouraging new, creative thinking around delivery and administration, we will ensure Rhode Islanders will continue to have access to the health care they need

Featured Post

  • Making science come alive Posted last month
    Thanks to our Carter Spark Grant, Narragansett Elementary School students just learned a lot about life around Narragansett Bay. Special education teacher Karen Festa used the grant to bring Save the Bay’s living “Bay Classroom Experience” to school.
  • Roger Williams' ideals come to life in scholarship recipients Posted last month
    The Rhode Island Foundation is sending seven high school seniors off to college with scholarships honoring Roger Williams, the state’s founding father.The four-year, renewable scholarships are through the Carter Roger Williams Initiative, which was launched last year by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter.
  • Carter fellowships inspire innovation Posted 3 months ago
    The recipients will receive $200,000 over four years to test and implement their proposals to dramatically improve life in Rhode Island thanks to the generosity of philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter.
  • Grants will improve health of RI'ers Posted 3 months ago
    Our RIGHA Foundation Fund awards more than $280,000 in grants to promote primary health care.
  • Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion Posted 4 months ago
    We are launching a new grantmaking opportunity, refining our strategic priorities, adopting impact targets and adding new staff positions to support work with partners, donors, nonprofits and community leaders.
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