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17 nonprofits get grants for preservation
By Chris Barnett / March 18, 2015
Work includes everything from documenting the status of endangered historic properties to putting a 2,000-page diary on-line.

Investing in innovation
By Jessica David / February 3, 2015
Rhode Island's composites industry has critical mass coupled with strong education and training capabilities, mold-building capacity, and a long tradition of innovation.

$75,000 for short-term energy assistance, investments for long-term energy efficiency
By Jenny Pereira / November 19, 2014
Energy experts say we could see up to a 30% increase in our electric bills. Whether or not the Farmer’s Almanac’s predictions of a harsher winter are correct, we know that higher utility costs will cause vulnerable families additional hardship.

Keeping traditions alive
By Connie Grosch / October 30, 2014
A joint effort between the Rhode Island Foundation, the RI Council for the Humanities, and the RI State Council on the Arts, the Expansion Arts Program focuses on small and emerging arts and humanities organizations run by and serving communities of color.

Cutting the red tape at DEM
By Connie Grosch / October 17, 2014
"This is the kind of momentum and engagement we need to move Rhode Island forward." - Neil Steinberg

Make It Happen RI, two years later
By Jessica David / September 8, 2014
Two years ago today, we gathered with 300 business and community leaders at the Rhode Island Convention Center for Make It Happen RI. Our goal was to generate new ideas and specific action steps for improving Rhode Island’s economy. We are frequently asked, so what happened?, and the two-year mark seems like a good chance to reflect.

$15.6 million in grants awarded in first half of 2014
By Chris Barnett / August 14, 2014
We awarded more than $15.6 million in grants to fund dozens of programs serving Rhode Islanders throughout the state in the first half of 2014.

Black Philanthropy Initiative offering grants
By Chris Barnett / July 21, 2014
Nonprofit organizations have until Sept. 15 to apply for grants from the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI), one of our field-of-interest funds.

Making the world a little smaller
By Chris Barnett / July 18, 2014
Our Beatrice S. Demers Fund helps 18 Rhode Island students pursue international learning. This year’s recipients received $166,054 to study in France, Germany, Chile, China, Rwanda, Spain and Tajikistan.

30 Newport County nonprofits receive grants
By Chris Barnett / July 3, 2014
The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded $166,666 in grants to 30 nonprofit groups serving Newport County residents.

Featured Post

  • Making science come alive Posted last week
    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 3 weeks ago
    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 last month
    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 last month
    Our RIGHA Foundation Fund awards more than $280,000 in grants to promote primary health care.
  • Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion Posted 3 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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