Champlin Foundation awards $18M in grants to 188 R.I.-based organizations

CRANSTON – The Champlin Foundation announced Wednesday that it has awarded 188 Rhode Island-based nonprofits a combined $18 million in grants to support critical initiatives across the state.

The grants were awarded to organizations in efforts to combat hunger, improve health, support education, arts and culture, and to help organizations combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This funding comes on the heels of the foundation awarding 63 organizations $1 million in COVID-19-related grants in May.

The grants range from a little more than $1,300 to more than $943,000. East Providence-based Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital received a $943,368 award, the largest grant in this round of funding, for a renovation project to expand its pediatric hospital.

Brown University received $525,000 to support Champlin scholars and the Champlin Memorial Stamp Collection. The Rhode Island Zoological Society, which operates Roger Williams Park Zoo, got a $512,050 grant from the foundation for comprehensive infrastructure improvements. Butler Hospital in Providence obtained $508,947 from Champlin for its expansion project of the hospital’s memory and aging infusion center. The University of Rhode Island Foundation & Alumni Engagement, to help support engineering technology, robotic equipment and tissue engineering initiatives, was granted $500,000 from the foundation.

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In a statement Wednesday, Champlin Foundation Executive Director Nina Stack said the local nonprofit community has navigated the health and economic crises with extraordinary resilience, while also keeping an eye to building the future.

“At a time when their services are in greater demand than ever before, so many essential charities have stepped up, their leadership thinking innovatively about how to adjust programming and deliver support,” Stack said. “The Champlin Foundation is proud to support these agencies and organizations to expand their reach and impact, and to play a part in their vital efforts to help Rhode Island weather this storm and the challenges that await us in the future.”

The foundation said that it has awarded more than $600 million to Rhode Island nonprofits to date.

The foundation also said that organizations can apply online for funding in one of two upcoming application cycles. The first cycle will be between Dec. 15 until Jan. 15, 2021, the foundation said, and the second will be open from June 1, 2021, to July 1, 2021.

The full list of grant recipients from this round of funding can be read here.

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.