6 Providence nonprofits receive $300K from city to improve organizational infrastructure

PROVIDENCE – Six local nonprofits will receive $300,000 in total grants from the city’s Building Resilience in Nonprofits Serving Underserved Providence Communities program to help improve the organizations’ infrastructure, Mayor Brett P. Smiley announced Thursday.

Back in March, the city issued out requests for proposals to nonprofits interested in the funding, which is being supported by the city’s share of the American Rescue Plan Act monies. City officials say nonprofits were asked to submit proposals outlining various projects that would aid them in becoming more resilient during a future crisis, such as a pandemic or natural disaster.

The Center for Southeast Asians, Community Action Partnership of Providence County, Federal Hill House, McAuley Ministries, West End Community Center and Youth Moving Forward are the organizations that received the city’s funding. The grants, Smiley’s office said, will be invested in infrastructure improvements so the organizations can continue providing shelter, employment opportunities through job training, goods through food panties and key social services including behavioral health services.

“These grants are a long-term investment that will help prepare our community organizations become more resilient in future disasters and ensure residents can still have access to quality services,” Smiley said in a statement.

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