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$50,000 available to Jewish groups
By Chris Barnett / June 9, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...

Jewish community charitable organizations located in and serving greater Providence have until June 25 to apply for more than $50,000 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation through the Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund.

“We are delighted to be able partner with Jewish charitable organizations serving the Providence community through the Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund,” said Toby Shepherd, grant programs officer at the Foundation.  “We look forward to working with eligible nonprofit organizations in their important work meeting the needs of all Rhode Islanders.”

Proposals must develop connections between the Jewish community and greater Rhode Island, deepen the understanding of Jewish life and culture through scholarship and historic preservation, or provide for basic human needs such as food and housing. In addition, Jewish charitable organizations that provide these services can apply for funding to support capacity-building activities such as board development, strategic planning, nonprofit business development, fundraising, or program evaluation.

Synagogues and day schools are eligible to apply only for project support, and their proposals must be non-sectarian in nature and designed to reach beyond their own constituents.  Capital requests are not eligible for funding under this grant program. 

The Foundation will give priority to proposals that have clearly stated goals and objectives, measurable outcomes, and a clear sustainability plan. Grants from this fund typically range in size from $5,000 to $25,000. Applicants must submit a description of the proposal, a pro forma, and an audited financial report for requests over $10,000.

Organizations that received funding last year include Camp JORI’s Performing Arts Camp program, the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island’s effort to archive Jewish life in South Providence, Jewish Family Service of Rhode Island’s Hope, Health, and Healing program, Jewish Senior Services Agency of Rhode Island’s Jewish Eldercare program, and the Shabboton Social Action Retreat, which was coordinated by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.

For more information about applying for the Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund grants, contact Shepherd at (401) 427-4008 or tshepherd@rifoundation.org.

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 grant making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.

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