PROVIDENCE – The Citizens Bank Foundation has selected 13 projects in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence to benefit from a $60,000 grant presented by the foundation’s “Growing Communities” initiative.
The winning projects, announced Monday, are designed to support local businesses, improve availability of health food and provide job training, according to a foundation release. The effort will be carried out in partnership with Local Initiatives Support Corporation. LISC will also benefit from a $60,000 grant from Citizen’s Bank Foundation, which will support the corporation’s community building project titled “Our Neighborhoods”.
The “Growing Communities” project is part of the bank’s Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities program, which aims to support economic development and vitality in communities.
“By investing in businesses and organizations that provide important services and healthy food options to local residents, this partnership with LISC will help to energize the Olneyville neighborhood,” Ned Handy, president of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens in Rhode Island, said in a statement.
“The 13 projects selected will stimulate economic development in this neighborhood by encouraging patronage of local businesses, strengthening workforce development, and ultimately creating jobs,” added Handy.
In a release, Mayor Angel Taveras expressed gratitude for the bank’s and LISC’s efforts, “Investments like these directly benefit those who live, work and own businesses in our neighborhoods. I thank Citizens Bank and LISC for their efforts to train workers, support businesses and help families in Olneyville – one of our city’s busiest and most vibrant neighborhoods.”
The organizations selected to engage in neighborhood improvement projects are:
The Providence Plan/Building Futures Graduate Service Learning Program
The Steel Yard’s Weld to Work for Olneyville Residents
Olneyville Food Center
Olneyville Housing Corporation’s One Olneyville
Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s Veggie Box at Clinca Esperanza
Providence Community Library and Olneyville Library’s Library Resources for New Immigrants
Providence Housing Authority’s Workforce Development in Manton Heights
Recycle-A-Bike’s Olneyville Bicycle Center
Southside Community Land Trust’s Providence Community Growers Network in Olneyville
The Dirt Palace Façade Project
The Manton Avenue Project’s Programming and Clubhouse
The Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI): Preparing to Become a US Citizen
Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council: Building Community at Riverside Park