RI Foundation Awards $18.2 Million in Grants

Saturday, August 13, 2016

 

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Neil Steinberg, CEO

The Rhode Island Foundation announced that it has awarded $18.2 million in grants to fund hundreds of programs serving Rode Islanders all over the state in the first half of 2016.

“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.

The announcement comes as the Foundation marks its 100th anniversary by sponsoring a free concert by the RI Philharmonic Orchestra at the Temple to Music in Roger Williams Park on August 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The breakdown of the grants:

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.

Other grant recipients is as follows:

Adoption Rhode Island - $50,000
General Operating Support
 
AS220 - $85,000
General Operating Support
 
Audubon Society of Rhode Island - $45,000
National Land Trust Accreditation
 
East Bay Community Action Program - $20,000
Integrated Behavioral Health Services
 
FirstWorks - $30,000
PVDFEST 2016
 
Local Initiatives Support Corporation - $50,000
Bridges to Career Opportunities
 
Newport Festivals Foundation - $30,000
Expansion of the Newport Jazz Festival
 
Preserve Rhode Island - $34,650
Rhody Ramble
 
Providence After School Alliance - $75,000
Quality Improvement System
 
Rhode Island Interscholastic League - $125,000
Operation Clean Competition
 

 

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