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Newport County residents to benefit from $200,000 in grants
By Chris Barnett / May 15, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...

Thirty-three organizations serving Newport County residents will share more than $200,000 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation. The funding will underwrite activities ranging from after-school activities and cleaning up Sachuest Bay to Alzheimer’s supports and relationship violence prevention.

“From enriching arts and educational opportunities for young people to underwriting critical health and environmental programs, we are proud to work with partners that are improving lives here,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “We are grateful to the donors who make this assistance possible and the local men and women who keep us closely connected to the community.”

The Foundation’s Newport County Fund (NCF) offered grants of up $10,000 in seven key funding areas: arts and culture, basic human needs, children and families, economic security, the environment, healthy lives and housing.

In making the funding decisions, the Foundation worked with an advisory committee comprised of Newport County residents including John Ellis, William Harvey, Kristen Humphrey, Victoria Johnson, John Murphy and John Trifero.

Baby Steps of Newport received $10,000 to support its monthly educational programs and enrichment activities for families with children ages birth to 36 months. The goal is to promote the involvement of parents and children in the educational and enrichment programs.

The Best Buddies Newport County Friendship Project received $3,000 to provide educational, recreational, leadership and social opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Boys and Girls Club of Newport County received $10,000 to hire two student attendance facilitators, who will work closely with school personnel to increase attendance and reduce truancy in Newport public schools.

The Center for Ecosystem Restoration received $5,000 to support its work with the town of Middletown restoring beach dunes, improving water quality, restoring habitats and improving recreational access in the Sachuest Bay area of Aquidneck Island.

The city of Newport was awarded $8,343 to establish a STEM Robotics Lab that will serve more than 200 fourth-graders at Pell Elementary School.

Common Fence Music of Portsmouth received $5,000 support Connecting the Beats, which brings African and African-Caribbean drumming and dance to the youth of Newport County through collaborations with six Newport County youth organizations and schools.

Community MusicWorks received $5,000 to support the third year of the Newport String Project, which provides violin and viola lessons to more than 20 students in grades K-4 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport.

Conanicut Island Art Association of Jamestown received $3,700 to launch the new "Art Speaks – A Lecture and Interactive Demonstration Series," free lectures and demonstrations where people can learn, experience and share their interest in art.

Day One received $10,000 to expand its work serving young and adult victims of sexual violence. In 2013, the organization served 715 individuals from Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth and Tiverton.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center received $7,500 to expand its Nutrition Education Program, which offers nutritional education and develops innovative food and nutrition-delivery systems to under-served populations. 

The East Bay Community Action Program received $9,040 to provide tuition assistance to 15 students in its certified nursing assistant training program.

The Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England received $5,000 for its Urban Outreach program, which introduces at-risk girls in grades K-8 from lower-income neighborhoods to scouting and the benefits of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

The Jamestown Arts Center received $1,900 for its Sound, Camera, Action program. The grant will enable the center to continue offering film-making classes and apprenticeships for local youth.

Junior Achievement of RI received $4,000 to support economic education and hands-on learning experiences for nearly 90 students in Jamestown, Middletown, Newport and Tiverton public schools.

The Katie Brown Educational Program received $5,000 to provide relationship violence prevention instruction to approximately 200 Tiverton Middle School and Tiverton High School students.

The Little Compton Community Center received $5,000 to expand the year-old Teen Volunteer Corps of Little Compton to include a teen center at the facility.

The Little Compton Historical Society received $10,000 to create a major special exhibition and publication exploring the enslavement and forced indenture of Little Compton residents from the end of the 17th century to the beginning of the 19th century.

The Newport Community School received $5,000 to continue implementing its Grade Transition Programs. Offered after grades 5, 8 and 11, the initiative alleviates student anxiety, encourages grade readiness, provides initial academic preparedness for the new grade level and aids in academic performance. 

The Newport County Development Council received $8,000 to support FabNewport’s Family Creative Learning program, which uses creative technologies to engage children and parents in learning together.

Newport Partnership for Families received $4,400 for its summer learning initiative "Reading Reaps Rewards," which will give Newport children access to books and educational enrichment activities during summer vacation. 

The Newport Recreation Department received $3,500 to sponsor a free children's entertainment show at Easton's Beach on Thursday nights in July and August. The performers will range from singers to storytellers to magicians.

The Norman Bird Sanctuary of Middletown received $5,000 to develop an environmental education series including school-based workshops and exploratory learning opportunities for all second graders at Pell Elementary School in Newport.

The Redwood Children's Library and Athenaeum received $3,000 to support the purchase of educational enrichment toys selected based on the developmental needs of children ages 0-7. 

The Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership received $5,000 to support mentoring activities for 80 children in Newport and Middletown public schools.

Save The Bay received $5,950 to help environmental educators create new curriculum, signage and public materials around an exhibit showcasing "Big Fish of the Bay" at the Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport.

Stay at Home in Little Compton received $10,000 to underwrite the cost of providing local senior citizens with transportation to the Little Compton Community Center, the Little Compton Wellness Center the pharmacy and grocery shopping.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Newport received $7,500 to provide financial assistance to individuals and families facing emergencies including eviction, utility shut-offs, lack of home heating oil, need of prescription drugs and clothing.

The Seamen’s Church Institute of Newport received $5,000 to support its winter, overnight warming center.

The Turning Around Ministries of Newport received $10,000 to provide supportive services including clothing, education, medical treatment and employment to disadvantaged Newport County residents.

The United Baptist Church of Newport received $5,100 to support its Community Meal Ministry including offsetting the cost of utilities, fire suppression upkeep and cleaning, as well as the purchase of an automated external defibrillator.

Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties received $5,000 to train staff on how to work with patients with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease and their caregivers.

The Washington Square Services Corp. received $10,000 to provide intensive supportive services to an estimated 200 homeless residents of Newport County and help enable them to secure permanent housing.

Since 2002, the NCF has invested more than $2.8 million in funding programs and services for residents of Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth and Tiverton. The NCF is one of one of several committee-advised funds at the Foundation established to fulfill the desire of donors and serving specific issues or geographic areas.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2014, the Foundation awarded $34.8 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.






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