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15 nonprofits get grants for preservation
By Chris Barnett / March 8, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...
Fifteen nonprofit organizations will share more than $28,000 in grants for everything from documenting the contributions of African Americans to the state’s history to digitizing material that details shifts in education for girls through the Archive, Document, Display and Disseminate (ADDD) Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

“By offering the resources to strengthen libraries and other civic, cultural and literacy-focused organizations, we can expand their role as community centers that stimulate dialogue around critical issues,” said philanthropist Herman Rose, who created the ADDD fund in 1986. Over the years, it has awarded more than $372,000 in grants.

The primary goals are to increase access to information through archiving, documenting, displaying or disseminating print, digital or other material and to provide challenge grants for fundraising campaigns for the acquisition of equipment, special collections and publications among other material.

Adopt A Doctor in Providence received $1,772 to publish and disseminate three booklets relevant to the diverse and rich contributions of African Americans to the state’s cultural landscape.

The Bristol Historical and Preservation Society in Bristol received $1,500 to continue cataloguing its early collections, including original documentation of the Africa-to-America Slave Trade.

The Burrillville Land Trust received $2,800 to partner with the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library to archive and display stories of local landowners and related material, including historical and cultural surveys.

The Davisville Free Library Association in North Kingstown received a $2,150 challenge grant for its “Books for Davisville” 2016 fundraising campaign, which will expand the community’s use of the library’s services, provide funds for book purchases, supplement the operating budget and encourage support for the endowment fund.

The East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society received equipment that will enable the society to expand its collection by digitizing private collections of photos and illustrations that document the town’s history.

GEAR Productions of Wakefield received $2,800 to produce a short documentary film to inspire schools to offer theater productions that are open to all students regardless of ability.

The Glocester Heritage Society received $999 to acquire archival products for preservation and display on-site and at the Dr. Reuben Mason House, one of Rhode Island’s few surviving early 18th-century farmhouses.

Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol received $1,900 to convert approximately 80 video tapes to DVDs that will be used for research and played for visitors to the museum.

The Lincoln School in Providence received $800 to digitize the school’s archives in order to make them accessible to alumnae and others who are interested in researching shifts in education for girls since the 1800s.

The Newport Public Library was awarded a challenge grant to raise donations for repurposing its children’s and youth areas. The library will receive up to $2,500 in matching funds in an effort to increase the number of people who attend fundraising events.

Providence CityArts for Youth was awarded $2,800 to continue educating audiences about the power of creative youth arts programs to transform young lives. The grant will also support the CityArts Creativity, Hope and Healing workshops.

The Providence Preservation Society received to create an exhibit documenting how its “College Hill Study” helped save the historically and architecturally significant College Hill neighborhood from demolition in the 1960s.

The Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence received $953 to digitize three architectural drawings by famed 19th-century architect Russell Warren related to the construction of the Providence Arcade and the Providence Athenaeum.

Rhode Island Latino Arts in Providence received $2,500 to work with Latino students from Woonsocket High School to create a video and collect audio recordings of long-time Latino residents that will be added to its Latino Oral History collection.

The Southside Community Land Trust in Providence received $2,800 to produce postcards, flyers, banners and recipe cards in Spanish and English that promote nutritious diets, healthy meals and neighborhood farmers markets.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2015, the Foundation awarded $41.5 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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