Champlin Foundation awards $10.2M in grants to 95 organizations

Updated at 5:05 p.m.

CRANSTON – Ninety-five local nonprofit organizations across the state have received $10.2 million in capital funding from the Champlin Foundation to help support the organizations’ operations, the nonprofit grant maker announced Monday.

The foundation said the grants were distributed to organizations that specialize in providing youth services, health care, arts and culture, animal welfare, historic preservation and other initiatives. Of the 95 organizations that received funding, 15 of them were first-time recipients, the foundation said.

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There were 32 organizations that received grants in excess of $100,000 from the foundation. Newport Hospital received the most at $750,297 to purchase a CT scanner for the hospital’s emergency department, according to the foundation.

Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island Inc. in Providence received $500,000 from the foundation to make envelope repairs to the facility at 645 Elmwood Ave. The University of Rhode Island Foundation & Alumni Engagement got $498,965 from the foundation for various equipment, such as a thermal conductivity measurement system, KNIT & WEAR technology, archaeological survey equipment and equipment related to in-vitro drug release testing.

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The foundation said the latest grant cycle is in addition to the $9.6 million that was distributed to 87 local nonprofits back in June. The application window for the first round of the 2023 grants will run from Dec. 15 through Jan. 15, 2023. The second cycle will run from June 1, 2013, through July 1, 2023.

Among the first-time recipients are:

• YouthBuild Providence. The educational nonprofit received $60,000 from Champlin to acquire a student transportation vehicle.

• Cranston-based MAE Organization in Cranston. The social services organization received $50,000 to purchase a transportation vehicle.

• Newport Festivals Foundation, which runs both the annual folk and jazz festivals. The foundation received $37,000 for new doors on Building 16 at Fort Adams State Park, the organization’s home base.

The full list of recipients can be seen here.

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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.