BankNewport awards $212K in grants to local nonprofits

NEWPORT – BankNewport announced July 13 that it had distributed $212,000 in grants to 16 local nonprofits that had their operations and outreach negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BankNewport said the grants are focused on food insecurity, health services, education, skills training and underserved populations.

The Newport County YMCA received a $100,000 grant for its building campaign, BankNewport said. The other organizations received grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000.


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The nonprofits that received grants are:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island
  • College Visions
  • Comprehensive Community Action Program
  • East Bay Food Pantry
  • Inspiring Minds
  • Jonnycake Center for Hope
  • Newport Hospital Foundation’s Expansion of the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center
  • Newport County YMCA Building Campaign
  • Project Goal
  • Providence Public Library
  • Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School
  • San Miguel School
  • Star Kids Scholarship Program
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Joseph’s Rectory in Newport
  • Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice
  • VNA of Care New England

James Bessette is the PBN special projects editor, and also covers the nonprofit and education sectors. You may reach him at You may also follow him on Twitter at @James_Bessette.