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Nonprofits receive $18.2 million in first half of 2016
By Chris Barnett / August 15, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...
The Rhode Island Foundation awarded $18.2 million in grants to fund hundreds of programs serving Rhode Islanders throughout the state in the first half of 2016. As the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofits in the state, the Foundation works in partnership with donors and grant recipients to meet the needs of the people of Rhode Island.

“We connect the desires of our donors to the challenges Rhode Island faces. By encouraging innovation, collaboration, and leadership, we make it possible for nonprofits to take on issues that are crucial to the state’s success,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO.

Dozens of nonprofits received funding through the Foundation’s competitive strategy grant program, which targets seven key sectors: arts and culture, children and families, education, economic security, the environment, health and housing.

The South Kingstown School Department received $15,000 to support its Dual Language Immersion program. The funds will enable kindergarten and first-grade students at Peacedale and West Kingstown elementary schools to spend half of the academic day learning in Spanish and the other half learning in English.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation received $24,740 to work with health care leaders to develop a plan to control health care spending. The work will include research, examining cost trends and evaluating policy options.

Year Up Providence received $125,000 for its work to close the Opportunity Divide by providing low-income Rhode Islanders aged 18-24 with the skills, knowledge and experience that today’s businesses demand, ensuring that they will begin successful careers and earn a living wage.

The University of Rhode Island received $74,423 to train public school teachers in English as a Second Language Instruction. The program targets teachers from urban school districts, including Providence, Pawtucket, Woonsocket, Central Falls and Cranston.

Hundreds of nonprofits received discretionary grants, which are awarded by the Foundation’s staff and directors. Through these grants, the Foundation invests in organizations and programs that strive for long-term solutions to significant community issues.

More than $50,000 was awarded to organizations that serve Rhode Island’s LGBTQ communities including Sojourner House, Thundermist Health Center and Youth Pride through the Equity Action Fund.

Nearly $260,000 was awarded to Newport County nonprofits including the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport and the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties. The grants support work ranging from after-school activities and stocking food pantries to Alzheimer’s care and preventing relationship violence.

More than $195,000 was awarded to food banks, homeless shelters and free clinics that provide needy Rhode Islanders with basic human needs, including the Blackstone Valley Community Action Program in Pawtucket, the West Warwick Senior Center and the Jonnycake Center in South Kingstown.

The announcement comes as the Foundation marks its 100th anniversary by sponsoring a free concert by the R.I. Philharmonic Orchestra at the Temple to Music in Roger Williams Park Aug. 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The concert is open to the public.

Founded on June 13, 1916, with a $10,000 gift from industrialist Jesse Metcalf, the Foundation’s assets have grown to nearly $800 million. Over the past five years, the Foundation has awarded more than $165 million in grants.

The center piece of the centennial celebration is a $10 million campaign to restore Roger Williams Park. The work will include improvements to the park’s entrances, new signage, expanded walkways and bicycle paths and repairs to the Museum of Natural History, the Bandstand, the Casino and the Temple to Music.

Other grants include:

AS220 - $85,000
General Operating Support

Barrington Arts Alive! - $1,500
Student Aid Program

FirstWorks - $30,000

Jamestown Arts Center - $4,000
Heifetz on Tour

Kingston Chamber Music Festival - $3,500
Kingston Lutheran Church Concert Program

Preserve Rhode Island - $34,560
Rhody Ramble

Ocean Community United Theatre - $25,000
United Theater and Knickerbocker Music Center

Newport Festivals Foundation - $30,000
Expansion of the Newport Jazz Festival

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities - $20,200
Expansion Arts Supplemental Expenses

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School - $85,000
General Operating Support

RISD Museum - $50,000
Museum Without Walls

The Wilbury Theatre Group - $10,000
Development Consultant

Barrington Tap-In - $2,533
Liability Insurance

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State - $2,500
Big Sisters in Newport County

Camp Ruggles - $1,700
Camperships for Needy Children

Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England - $5,000
Newport Urban Outreach Program

Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership - $10,000
Aquidneck Island Mentor Program

St. Vincent de Paul Society - $7,500
Emergency Financial Assistance

Local Initiatives Support Corporation - $50,000
Bridges to Career Opportunities

Portsmouth Free Public Library - $8,000
Laptops for Learning

Practico Innovation - $50,000
General Operating Support

Social Enterprise Greenhouse - $4,000
SEEED 2016 Summit at Brown University

The Providence Plan - $50,000
YouthBuild Providence

Year Up Direct - $115,000
Talent Pipeline to Rhode Island Employers

Boys & Girls Club of Newport County - $10,000
College & Career Prep!

Common Fence Music - $7,000
Connecting the Beats

Community MusicWorks - $9,000
Newport String Project

Community Preparatory School - $30,000
Workshops for Area Schools

Island Moving Company - $8,000
Math Into Movement Residency Expansion

Jamestown Education Foundation - $5,185
Robotics Program

Latino Policy Institute - $5,000
Latino Policy Institute 10th Anniversary

New Leaders - $150,000
Emerging Leaders and Leading Instruction

Newport Partnership for Families - $30,000
Chronic Early Absenteeism Truancy Reduction Initiative

Providence After School Alliance - $75,000
Quality Improvement System

Providence Community Library - $11,070
Summer It Up

Providence Public Library - $25,000
2016 Exhibition Programming

Rhode Island College - $87,570
English as a Second Language Teacher Certification

Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences - $46,334
Program Support and Expansion to Westerly

South Kingstown School Department - $15,000
Dual Language Immersion

Star Kids Scholarship Program - $6,500
Tutoring, Tuition and Books

Washington Square Services Corporation - $10,000
AmeriCorps Job Coach

Aquidneck Land Trust - $5,000
Newport Trees, Parks and Open Space Master Plan

Audubon Society of Rhode Island - $45,000
National Land Trust Accreditation

Friends of Ballard Park - $5,000
Environmental Explorations

Groundwork Providence - $50,000
Partners for Places Equity Pilot matching grant

Newport Tree Society and Arboretum - $40,000
Newport Open Space Partnership

Taylor Point Restoration Association - $7,000
Revegetation Program Information and Guidance

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center of Newport - $10,000
Nutrition Access and Wellness Programs

Friends of Barrington Senior Center - $3,000
Outreach Program

Bayside Family YMCA - $6,420
Senior Health and Wellness

Barrington Little League - $7,500
Implementation of Field-side AEDs

East Bay Community Action Program - $20,000
Integrated Behavioral Health Services for Barrington Residents

Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island - $3,000
Home Delivered Program

Rhode Island Interscholastic League - $125,000
Operation Clean Competition

Salvation Army - $6,000
Exercise and Nutrition program

Thundermist Health Center - $7,400
Trans Health and Wellness Program

Visiting Nurses Services of Newport and Bristol Counties - $5,000
Barrington Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

VNA of Rhode Island - $15,000
Barrington Home Health Uncompensated Care

Lucy's Hearth - $13,000
General Operating Support

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