Champlin Foundation approves $18M in grants for R.I. nonprofits

REHAB MASON Mike DeQuattro works on the deteriorated limestone strip at the top of the fascia of the Providence Public Library’s Empire Street wing in May. The library has been awarded $750,000 by the Champlin Foundation for the ongoing construction work. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
REHAB MASON Mike DeQuattro works on the deteriorated limestone strip at the top of the fascia of the Providence Public Library’s Empire Street wing in May. The library has been awarded $750,000 by the Champlin Foundation for the ongoing construction work. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

CRANSTON – The Champlin Foundation on Friday announced $18 million in grants that will be awarded to dozens of mission-driven organizations across Rhode Island.

A total of 198 grants were recently approved to support organizations that focus on a range of community issues, including health, social and youth services, education, historic preservation, conservation, arts and culture, and animal welfare. The foundation is also a major supporter of libraries across the state.

“We are proud to support community-based and front-line nonprofit organizations,” said Nina Stack, Champlin executive director. “Our state is stronger because of its tight-knit, determined and passionate community of charities and service providers.”

Since 1932, the foundation has awarded more than $575 million to Rhode Island nonprofits for capital projects.

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The foundation this year is awarding nearly $3.5 million to community-oriented health organizations and $3 million in grants to youth-service organizations. It will also provide nearly $1.5 million for historic-preservation projects.

Individual grants range from a high of $750,000 given to both Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the Providence Public Library for construction projects, to $1,875 for seal coating the parking lot at the Hope Street Family Center in Woonsocket.

In addition to capital investments for local social-service agencies, the foundation awarded $475,000 to Rhode Island Legal Services for its work providing housing services.

“There is a housing and eviction crisis in Rhode Island and responding to the legal needs of our community for safe, affordable housing is a priority,” Robert M. Barge, executive director of Rhode Island Legal Services, said in a news release. The grant will help create expanded office space for the organization.

Beginning next year, the foundation will move to an online application process for its 2020 grant cycle. The application period will open on March 1 and close April 30.

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