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Nonprofits receive $270,000 to improve health care services
By Chris Barnett / May 4, 2017
Five nonprofits receive more than $270,000 in grants to increase health care services in Rhode Island through our RIGHA Foundation Fund.

Scholarship recipients bring Roger Williams' ideals to life
By Chris Barnett / May 3, 2017
We are sending six high school seniors off to college sharing $100,000 in scholarships honoring Roger Williams, the state’s founding father.

Offering scholarships to encourage artists to teach
By Chris Barnett / April 14, 2017
Artists who are planning a teaching career in the arts have until April 28 to apply for fellowships of up to $12,000 for graduate school through our Antonio Cirino Memorial Fund.

$300,000 fellowships target civic engagement
By Chris Barnett / April 13, 2017
Two local women are the recipients of this year’s Rhode Island Innovation Fellowships. Donna Childs and Ditra Edwards were chosen from nearly 200 applicants to receive $300,000 over three years to pursue their proposals for improving civic engagement.

Miss Swinburne Fund targets Newport County
By Chris Barnett / April 3, 2017
Newport County women and nonprofits that provide programs supporting the self-sufficiency and independence of local girls and women can apply for scholarships and grants through our Miss Swinburne Fund.

We award $25,000 fellowships to three local artists
By Chris Barnett / March 28, 2017
The recipients were selected from more than 150 applicants for what are considered to be among the largest no-string-attached grants available to artists in the United States.

Offering grants to serve RI's LGBTQ communities
By Chris Barnett / March 20, 2017
Nonprofits that serve the state’s LGBTQ communities have until April 13 to apply for grants of up to $10,000 through our Equity Action Fund.

Fourteen nonprofits receive grants for services to Latino community
By Chris Barnett / March 15, 2017
Fourteen nonprofit organizations that serve the Latino community will receive grants through our Juanita Sánchez Community Fund, established in memory of the late Latina activist.

RI students can apply for $1.8 million in scholarships
By Chris Barnett / March 13, 2017
At the time of year when colleges are sending out financial aid packages, we are offering Rhode Island students and their families more than $1.8 million in scholarships.

Meghan Hughes named to Board of Directors
By Chris Barnett / March 7, 2017
Meghan Hughes has been named to our Board of Directors. As the state’s largest funder of nonprofit organizations, we awarded a record $45 million in grants to more than 1,600 nonprofits in 2016.

Featured Post

  • Rhode Island Foundation announces six recipients of college scholarships in the name of Roger Williams Posted last month
    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 last month
    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 last month
    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 last month
    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 2 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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