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$285,000 available for health care proposals
By Chris Barnett / August 20, 2018
Nonprofit organizations have until Sept. 4 to apply for up to $285,000 in grants to improve primary health care and health outcomes through our RIGHA Foundation Fund.

A cultural treasure at Roger Williams Park
By Connie Grosch / August 16, 2018
More than 7,000 people joined us at Roger Williams Park last week for a wonderful celebration of community –a free concert by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.

Our grantees are working to strengthen educator capacity and leadership
By Lisa DiMartino / August 10, 2018
Studies have shown that sustained, content-rich, and practice-focused professional learning by teachers leads to better student outcomes. Furthermore, leadership has been identified as second only to teaching among school influences on student success.

Mary Lou Strong Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 7, 2018
"Family – children, grandchildren – and good friends. Making a contribution to your world. Listening to people, learning about them, helping them.” - the late Mary Lou Strong on what is important in life

$400,000 for community-building projects
By Chris Barnett / August 2, 2018
Neighborhood-based projects across the state will receive more than $400,000 from our Community Grants program. The work will range from creating community gardens in Warwick and Westerly to expanding playgrounds in Cranston and Woonsocket.

Sparking an early interest in science
By Ricky Bogert / July 31, 2018
Fourth-graders at Potter-Burns Elementary School in Pawtucket got a practical lesson in science thanks to our Carter Spark Grant program.

Edwards Fund grows local art scene
By Connie Grosch / July 26, 2018
Our donors support the arts in a variety of ways – including investing in young talent.

Ann Morris Female Athlete Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / July 24, 2018
A teacher and coach in the Warren schools for more than 25 years, Ann Morris was a “trailblazer for women’s sports in Rhode Island” according to her Providence Journal obituary.

Our grants seed medical research
By Chris Barnett / July 20, 2018
Sixteen promising medical research projects will share nearly $340,000 to seed work ranging from treating chronic Lyme disease to determining the impact of healthy diets on diabetes.

Michael E. and Lida M. Contillo Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / July 19, 2018
“I’ve lived in Johnston all my life, and when I set up the fund, it gave me a good feeling." - Michael Contillo

Featured Post

  • Rhode Island Foundation announces six recipients of college scholarships in the name of Roger Williams Posted 2 months ago
    The four-year, renewable scholarships are through the Carter Roger Williams Initiative, which was launched two years ago by philanthropists Letitia and late John Carter.
  • Rhode Island Foundation awards $285,000 to Newport County nonprofits Posted 2 months ago
    The grants, through our Newport County Fund, will underwrite a host of activities ranging from workforce training and after-school activities to preventing relationship violence and protecting vulnerable seniors.
  • $2.6 million awarded for behavioral health care Posted 3 months ago
    Six nonprofit organizations will use $2.6 million in grants to support primary and secondary prevention models and high-quality, affordable behavioral health care services across the state. The funding is the first from the Behavioral Health Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.
  • Vision and commitment Posted 3 months ago
    Hundreds of community and business leaders, donors, grant recipients, and other partners gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center on May 16 for our 2019 Annual Meeting. Here are highlights of what our President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg told them.
  • Rose Fund grants stimulate civic and cultural dialogue Posted 3 months ago
    The primary goals are to strengthen libraries and other civic, cultural and literacy-focused organizations and expand their role as community centers that stimulate dialogue around critical issues.
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