Newport County groups can apply for $10,000 grants for community projects
The Rhode Island Foundation offers local libraries, schools, neighborhood groups and nonprofit organizations grants of up to $10,000 to fund proposals that bring people together as a community. March 31 is the deadline to apply.
“We are looking for ideas that will improve quality of life, build relationships and improve community ties. Our goal is to support work that will enliven neighborhoods and create lasting bonds between residents,” said Jenny Pereira, Vice President of Grants and Community Investments.
Since launching the Community Grants Program in 2016, the Foundation has awarded nearly $2.5 million to hundreds of projects across Rhode Island. Work ranges from creating performance spaces and urban farms to organizing neighborhood meals and making historic sites and nature reserves more accessible to the public.
Recent recipients include Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County, which received $2,628 for youth programs; the Aquidneck Community Table, which received $10,000 to expand school and community gardens; the Hi-Lo Neighborhood Association, which received $9,730 for exercise equipment for Donovan Manor and the Lo Rise in Newport; Melville Elementary School in Portsmouth, which received $10,000 to build an outdoor learning area; the Little Compton Community Center, which received a grant for its community theater space; and the Aquidneck Island Land Trust received $6,616 to improve its trail system at Little Creek Preserve in Portsmouth.
Priority will be given to proposals that include community support such as matching grants, volunteer involvement and donated spaces and other forms of in-kind contributions. Other considerations may include whether projects are led by or serve historically marginalized groups, including people who identify as Asian, Black, Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous or multiracial.
While new initiatives and enhancements to existing projects are eligible, grants are intended to cover one-time costs and expenses. Applicants will not be eligible for renewed funding for the same project in future years. Fundraising campaigns, foundations, for-profit entities, individuals, political groups and lobbying efforts are not eligible.
The Rhode Island Foundation is Rhode Island’s largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $98 million and awarded $76 million in grants last year. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation helps Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information on applying for a community grant, visit rifoundation.org.
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