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Grants 'reflect the breadth and depth of our grantmaking'
By Daniel Kertzner / August 26, 2014 /   Loading Disqus...
The Rhode Island Foundation 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. These grants reflect the breadth and depth of our grantmaking as a community foundation and reach into every corner of the state.

They range from larger investments through our strategy grants that advance the priorities in their respective sectors to smaller grants focused on specific geographies or serving distinct populations in the state. Some are awarded through programs created to fulfill the dreams of our donors; others through the discretion of Foundation board and staff. Included are grants to nonprofits to support Rhode Islanders in meeting basic human needs such as food, housing, and prescription assistance.

Taken together they reflect both the proactive and responsive role that the Foundation plays in meeting the needs of the people of Rhode Island and transforming the quality of life in the Ocean State.

Arts and culture

Cultural Data Project - $12,600
Rhode Island Cultural Data Project

FirstWorks - $150,000
General operating support & support for FirstWorks Festival on the Plaza

Hispanic Heritage Committee of RI (HHC-RI) - $5,000
Salary for agency director to coordinate program activities

New Urban Arts - $40,000
General operating support to deepen youth engagement

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School - $85,000
General operating support

The Manton Avenue Project - $9,500
Strategic planning consultancy

Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum - $12,000
Growth & Change for the 21st Century: Fund Development

Urban Pond Procession - $16,000
Urban Pond Procession 2014

Basic human needs

Blackstone Valley Community Action Program, Inc. - $5,000
BVCAP Emergency Food Pantry

Butler Hospital - $5,000
Helping Hands

East Bay Community Action Program - $8,000
Backpack feeding program and food pantry program

East Bay Food Pantry - $5,000
Access Nutrition Initiative

Jewish Seniors Agency of Rhode Island - $5,000
Louis and Goldie Chester Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry

Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale - $5,000
Emergency food pantry and client services

Khadarlis - $4,800
Basic human need household retail donation program

Lighthouse Community Development Corporation - $2,500
Basic needs - food pantry

Mental Health Association of Rhode Island - $5,000

Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island - $5,000
Neighborhood Health Plan of RI Family Emergency Fund

New Hope Chapel - $5,000
New Hope Food Pantry

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island - $8,000
Food for homeless & low-income veterans

Providence School Department - $3,000
Mary E. Fogarty "Adopt-A-Box" Food Pantry Project

Rhode Island Lions Sight Foundation - $5,000
RILSF Statewide Eye Exam and Eyeglass Assistance Program

RICAN - Rhode Island Center Assisting for Those in Need - $5,000
Emergency outreach programs

Salvation Army - Rhode Island State Office - $20,000
Food assistance

South Providence Neighborhood Ministries - $5,000
Direct services homelessness & hunger relief program

St. James Episcopal Church at Woonsocket - $10,000
Woonsocket Protein Program

St. Mark's Episcopal Church - $2,200
St. Mark's Outreach

St. Vincent de Paul - St. Charles Borromeo Church - $5,000
Woonsocket Protein Program

The Genesis Center - $5,000
Student emergency fund

The McAuley Corporation - $10,000
Emergency support - meals & transportation

Washington Park Citizens' Association, Inc. (WPCA) - $5,000
Emergency assistance for Providence residents in need

Westerly Area Rest Meals - WARM Inc. - $5,000
Community critical needs program

Westminster Unitarian Church - $5,000
The Sharing Locker, a non-food initiative

Children and families

Center for Southeast Asians - $50,000
FARE (Families Advancing Racial Equity)

East Bay Community Action Program - $9,900
Family development capacity building

Providence Children's Museum - $52,100
Families Together

Rhode Island Parent Information Network - $10,000
Strategic intellectual technology discovery and planning

St. Mary's Home for Children - $10,000
Funding for our future

Economic security

Bryant University - $40,000
RI Manufacturing Renaissance Project - Phase III

Building Futures - $75,000
Building Futures registered apprenticeship maximization in Rhode Island

Capital Good Fund - $9,500
Technology to put the customer first

Center for Women & Enterprise - $30,000
Rhode Island's one-stop community for women-owned businesses

College & University Research Collaborative - $75,000
College & University Research Collaborative

Digital City RI - $30,000
DC206 digital media co-work space and community center

OpportunitySpace, Inc. - $7,000
Public wealth: unveiling government land and buildings of Rhode Island

Rhode Island Commerce Corporation - $25,000
Design & manufacturing center

Tango RI - $100,000
Tango RI, a shared database and online suite of tools for individuals, businesses, and organizations

The Genesis Center - $10,000
Building strategic capacity

Education success

American Federation of Teachers Foundation - $50,000
Educator Evaluation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (E3TL) Consortium

Amos House - $50,000
Start-up funding for SouthSide Elementary Charter School

Autism Project of Rhode Island - $5,200
Board retreat and development support

Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy - $50,000
Supporting Scholar Success at BVP's Next Generation High School

Brown University - Annenberg Institute for School Reform - $75,000
Providence Children and Youth Cabinet

Business Innovation Factory - $50,000
Student Design For Education

Center for Southeast Asians - $5,000
Emerging Principals Group

College Visions - $45,000
College Visions Lab

Community Preparatory School - $5,000
Peer Principals Group

Community Preparatory School - $10,000
Summer programs

Highlander Charter School - $30,000
Center for Blended Learning

IdeaLab - $10,000
College Completion Collaboration Experiment

International Charter School - $40,000
Expanding Opportunities: Developing Global Citizens- Phase 2

Learning401 - $5,000

Meeting Street Center, Inc. - $10,000
Meeting Street strategic planning initiative

Paul Cuffee School - $10,000
Paul Cuffee School strategic planning - Phase 2

Providence Community Library - $10,000
Knight Memorial Library study of HVAC systems and ADA compliance

Resilient Kids - $8,400
Strategic and funding plan development 2014-2018

Rhode Island League of Charter Schools - $20,000
Sixth Annual Rhode Island Public Charter School Conference

Rhode Island Mayoral Academies - $50,000
RIMA general operations

Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter School - $10,000
Boosting school media presence

RiverzEdge Arts Project - $10,000
Strategic planning and communications

The College Crusade of Rhode Island - $75,000
General operating support

The Providence Plan - $25,000
Investing in Innovation (i3): Empowering Families

Young Voices - $4,300
Technological capacity for fundraising and long-term sustainability


Audubon Society of Rhode Island - $10,000
Consulting assistance for Audubon's Campaign for the Future

Coalition for Transportation Choices - $50,000
Transit funding reform

Environment Council of Rhode Island, Education Fund - $75,000
Stormwater Coalition: Boldly Implementing Green Infrastructure

Jewelry District Association - $5,000
city WALK: Branding and urban design

Land Trust Alliance - $10,000
Rally, the national land conservation conference

Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy - $7,500
NHC foundational development and planning

Rekindling the Dream Foundation - $55,000
Lots of Hope urban greenhouse

Rhode Island Land Trust Council - $35,000
Land Trust Excellence Program

Save The Bay - $5,000
Economic feasibility study of the STB Exploration Center and Aquarium

Southside Community Land Trust - $10,000
South Providence; Healthy Kids, Healthy Planet

URI Coastal Resources Center - $50,000
Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan - Phase 2

URI Coastal Resources Center - $75,000
RI Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan Year 2

Washington County Regional Planning Council - $75,000
Streetlights reform implementation and regional convenings


CareLink, Inc. - $90,000
Quality indicators and innovation

Friends of Little Compton Wellness Center, Inc - $5,000
Strategic plan development

HealthRight - $75,000
HealthRight: Amplify, Drive, Catalyze, Engage Health Care Reform

Lifelong Learning Collaborative - $5,000
Healthy Aging Lecture Series

Rhode Island Association of Facilities for the Aging Education/Leading Age RI - $1,300
LeadingAge RI strategic planning initiative

Rhode Island Health Center Association - $25,000
Rhode Island Health Professional Loan Repayment Program - matching funds

Rhode Island Hospital - $45,000
Mental Health Link: An Integrated Treatment Program for Young Adults

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority - $200,000
Loan forgiveness program

Saint Elizabeth Community - $5,500
WellCare at Saint Elizabeth Place

University of Rhode Island Research Foundation - $50,000
Developing RI PhD nurse leaders to transform health care

Women & Infants Hospital - $66,000
Cancer Patient Navigator Program


Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation - $24,000
PCDC/REACH merger facilitation


Grow Smart Rhode Island - $90,000

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - $125,000

The Economic Progress Institute - $75,000
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