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NEW: RI Foundation Announces $565K Awarded to 14 Nonprofits

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


The Rhode Island Foundation announced today that it has awarded 14 competitive strategy grants totaling $565,028 to local nonprofit agencies during the first quarter of 2011.

“The Foundation offers several types of grant support for Rhode Island’s nonprofits," said Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Foundation. "Strategy grants are extremely competitive and we applaud these nonprofit organizations. From promoting effective energy policy to chronic disease management, organizations are committed to finding long term solutions that will improve the lives of Rhode Islanders."

Long-term solutions to critical community issues

Through its discretionary grant program, the Foundation supports projects that strive for long-term solutions to critical community issues. Strategy grants strongly encourage collaborative projects that serve disadvantaged Rhode Islanders, foster innovation and seek to achieve efficiencies, reduce duplication, and provide strategies for long-term sustainability. In 2010, the Foundation awarded 114 strategy grants totaling $5.6 million.

Strategy grants fall into six sectors: arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health, and human services. Last year, the Foundation announced an added emphasis on two areas within these sectors that it believes are critical to our state’s economic well-being: public education and primary health care. The Foundation, the largest and most comprehensive funder of Rhode Island’s nonprofit organizations, works in partnership with donors and nonprofit organizations to meet the needs of the people of Rhode Island. In 2010, it granted a record $29.2 million, the largest annual amount in the community foundation’s 95-year history.  

The grants, by sector

Health Care

Rhode Island Free Clinic - $54,212: Infrastructure Enhancement & Sustainability 

Rhode Island Health Center Association - $10,000: Integrating Behavioral Health Service 

Rhode Island Hospital - $38,700: Primary Care Pediatric Oral Health Intervention 

Tri-Town Community Action Program - $64,761: Integrated Primary Behavioral Healthcare Training 

VNS Home Health Services - $25,246: Chronic Disease Management 

Quality Partners of Rhode Island – $5,000: Rhode Island Transitions Summit

The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation  $48,765: Mobile Resource and Wellness Initiative

Textron Chamber of Commerce Academy - $50,000: Healthcare & Hospitality Pathways Program 

The Greene School - $85,000: National Sustainable School Design Competition & Feasibility Study

Arts and Culture

Environment Council of RI Education Fund - $10,894: Public Art and Performance to Promote Environmental Action 

Roger Williams National Memorial - $10,000: Incentivizing Arts-based Organizations' Participation in Providence 375th Celebration 
Human Services
YMCA of Greater Providence - $50,000: Livestrong for Children and Youth
Community & Economic Development
Grow Smart Rhode Island - $75,000:     General operating support

Energy Consumers Alliance of New England - $37,450: Making net metering work in Rhode Island

For more information about the Foundation, visit www.rifoundation.org.


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