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Third quarter grants benefit Rhode Islanders from Woonsocket to Westerly
By Jenny Pereira / November 18, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
Our grantmaking continued in the third quarter with more than $7 million awarded to organizations serving Rhode Islanders from Woonsocket to Westerly…and all our state’s cities and towns in-between. Here are a few examples of Foundation-directed grants made between July and September 2015:

Economic Security
Our focus: improve Rhode Island’s environment for economic growth so all Rhode Islanders can prosper

The Genesis Center - $47,265 – to help clients with low literacy or educational levels to enter the workforce development pipeline
New England Institute of Technology - $25,000 – for marketing the Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI), a free training program for unemployed Rhode Islanders
Rhode Island Marine Trades Association - $20,000 – to strengthen organizational capacity

Educational Success
Our focus: improve educational outcomes for all Rhode Island public school students

Central Falls School Department - $41,668 (funded equally by Educational Success, Healthy Lives, and Children and Families) – for We Are a Village, a program to improve school readiness and academic achievement of high-need children in pre-school to third grade
College Crusade of Rhode Island - $125,000 – for support of the state's largest, most comprehensive college readiness and success program
Highlander Charter School - $50,000 – for the School’s Center for Blended Learning
Rhode Island Instructional Leadership Academy - $10,000 – for the Blended Learning Principal Training through which trained principals share their learnings with their peers
Teach For America, Rhode Island - $75,000 – to ensure that Teach For America teachers and alumni have access to the skills, development, and opportunities to foster leadership and impact in Rhode Island
Woonsocket School Department - $25,000 – to support teachers’ professional development, including participation of 10 teachers in the URI Media Education Lab’s 2015 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy

Healthy Lives
Our focus: improve access to and quality of primary care for all Rhode Islanders

Miriam Hospital - $52,203 – for its Food is Medicine program for low-income patients with type-2 diabetes
Newport County Community Mental Health Center - $15,560 – for a strategic planning and implementation process that is adaptive to the changing health care environment
The Providence Center - $75,000 – for Recovery Works, an initiative to improve the health of Rhode Island's workforce by changing the way people think about, talk about, and treat substance use disorders
The Providence Plan - $60,000 – to support the ProvPlan Health Initiative’s purchaser and consumer education and engagement activities to catalyze and speed up Rhode Island's efforts toward cost containment and healthcare reform
University of Rhode Island - $50,000 – for the RI Nurse Leaders to Transform Health Care initiative that will support two new PhD students in nursing at URI

Arts and Culture
Our focus: diverse participation in the arts, arts education, and a vital arts sector

Mixed Magic Theatre - $7,500 – for the public forum, The Role of Theater in the Conversation on Race in America

Children and Families
Our focus: a strong continuum of care for children and families through evidence-based practices and systems reform

Day One - $72,030 – for support of the work in addressing the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and the victims of this abuse
Rhode Island Coalition for Children & Families - $75,000 – to support the founding and growth of this effort to unite service providers around policy, advocacy, and collaboration


Our focus: environmental resilience through strong food, energy, transportation, and natural resource systems

Environment Council of Rhode Island - $75,000 – for the Green Infrastructure Coalition, a stakeholder collaboration that addresses stormwater management issues in the state
Rhode Island Natural History Survey - $34,000 (includes funding from a Foundation donor) – for its institutional mission framing and strategic planning project
Save The Bay - $75,000 – for operating support and for bi-state efforts to protect and improve water quality in Little Narragansett Bay

Our focus: increased affordable housing options in the state

Local Initiatives Support Corporation - $200,000 – to increase the capacity of Rhode Island's community development corporations to create and preserve affordable housing.
Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless - $75,000 – for it public policy advocacy and work in reforming the homeless system
Women’s Development Corporation - $10,000 – for an evaluation of the organization’s operations as it transitions to new leadership

City of Central Falls - $7,959 – for the writing, publication, and distribution to fourth grade students of a children’s book that documents and celebrates Central Falls’ history
City of Providence - $75,000 – to support city initiatives
The Providence Plan - $100,000 – for support of its data services for the Rhode Island Community Dashboard and to increase data literacy of Rhode Islanders and data-driven decisions by policymakers
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