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$2.6 million awarded for behavioral health care
By Chris Barnett / May 28, 2019
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.

Working together to provide affordable, accessible health care for all Rhode Islanders
By Neil Steinberg / February 8, 2019
One of our “beyond grantmaking” investments is the Long Term Health Planning Committee, an engaged group we have convened to develop strategies to provide equitable, accessible health care for all populations.

Seed funding available for med research
By Chris Barnett / October 4, 2018
Thanks to the commitment of our generous donors, we have the resources to invest in advancing medical breakthroughs.

Transforming health care through focused learning
By Katie Murray / August 29, 2018
The Care Transformation Collaborative promotes care through the patient-center medical home model, with the goals of improved care, lowered costs, and better health outcomes for Rhode Islanders.

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.

Progress requires a steady course
By Neil Steinberg / June 18, 2018
The following op-ed was published in yesterday's Providence Sunday Journal. It has been said that if you aren’t sure where you are going, you won’t get there. It’s true.

Achieving health equity
By Larry Warner / June 4, 2018
Equity - the principle that everyone has the opportunity to achieve optimal outcomes - requires that we address the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health.

$2.8 million available to improve health
By Chris Barnett / March 19, 2018
We will give priority to proposals that bring together clinical organizations, community-based organizations, and residents to improve the health of communities with high rates of illness, chronic disease or other adverse health outcomes.

Assessing the impact of Riverwood's Housing First program
By Katie Murray / January 3, 2018
For more than a decade, Riverwood Mental Health Services has tackled the challenge of ending chronic homelessness through its Housing First Rhode Island program.

Grants available to seed medical research
By Chris Barnett / October 2, 2017
We're offering grants of up to $25,000 to launch promising medical research proposals. The funding is intended to help early-career researchers advance their projects to the point where they can compete for large-scale national funding.

Featured Post

  • RI Foundation awards $285,000 to Newport County nonprofits Posted last week
    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 weeks 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 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.
  • Making science come alive Posted last year
    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 year
    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.
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