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Foundation offering $94,000 in grants to nonprofits that serve the state’s Black community
By Chris Barnett / August 23, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

The Rhode Island Foundation is offering $94,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations that serve the state’s Black community. The deadline to apply for assistance from the Foundation’s Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund  is Sept. 13.

“Our aim is to support work that strengthens and empowers this community. We’re targeting organizations that focus on the unique needs of Rhode Island’s Black community, including those nonprofits that have a tradition of serving the community,” said Adrian Bonéy, the Foundation’s program officer for special programs. 

The fund’s goal is long-term, systemic change that improves the lives of Rhode Island’s Black community. Grants will support community-based organizations that uplift low-income Black Rhode Islanders through programs that create pathways to financial stability and achievement, provide youth development and mentoring opportunities to urban Black youth and support and promote the history, culture and achievements of Blacks in Rhode Island.

Last year’s recipients include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County, which received $5,000 to send Black children to its after-school program; the Opportunities Industrialization Center  in Providence, which was awarded $9,620 to expand its workforce development programs to include people age 16 to 18; and the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence  in Providence, which received $7,500 to provide job readiness training to hard-to-reach young people.

“Since the beginning, our goal has been to support positive and systemic change for the Black community. By funding work that encourages equity and promotes access, we can create pathways to achievement and accomplishment,” said Linda Newton, co-chair of the fund’s advisory committee. 

In addition to the grant program, the fund also offers scholarship assistance for Black students who are pursuing or advancing a career in health care at an accredited institution and are Rhode Island residents who demonstrate financial need. 

This year’s scholarship recipients include Olanrewaju Sanni, who is pursuing his MBA in Health Management at Rhode Island College; and Wenricka Griffith, who attends the University of Rhode Island.  

The fund has awarded $330,000 in grants and scholarships in the past seven years. Members of the public can support the fund’s work by donating online.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $38 million and awarded $43 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2017. 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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