Citizens partners with LISC Rhode Island for Growing Communities initiative

PROVIDENCE – Community support programs in Central Falls and Pawtucket will be the recipients of $40,000 Growing Communities grants from Citizens Bank, the financial institution announced this month.

The new program is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities – the bank’s community outreach program – and is implemented through a partnership with Local Initiative Support Corp. Rhode Island. It is designed to “foster neighborhood revitalization and economic development” throughout the state, according to the release.

Barbara Cottam, Rhode Island market executive at Citizens Bank, said in a statement the organization believes “in order to help improve the lives of our neighbors, we need to provide a sustained focus.”

Her prepared remarks went on to say: “This new funding will build on the accomplishments we’ve realized in these communities through our work with local partners who have brought innovative ideas to neighborhood revitalization and economic development.”

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Grants ranging in size between $2,000 and $10,000, totaling $40,000, will be awarded by the bank and LISC Rhode Island. According to the release, applications for the grants can include economic-activity projects such as job creation and sustainability, workforce-development activities, small-business development and neighborhood revitalization. Initiatives that target low- or moderate-income individuals and communities in need may be given priority.

However, they must meet the following criteria:

  • Project must be focused on improving the quality of Central Falls or Pawtucket neighborhoods.
  • Proposed activity must establish clear goals that will demonstrate measurable outcomes.

Interested applicants must complete the application and narrative, located HERE, with the project/program title Growing Communities.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 27.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email,