R.I. Foundation awards $49.5K of community grants to local nonprofits

THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION awarded $49,540 in community grants in South County. Above, from left to right: Rhode Island Foundation CEO Neil Steinberg, Kathie Kelleher of Friends of Canonchet Farm, Kathy Vigness-Raposa of the Land Conservancy of North Kingstown and Cindy MacDonald and Terry Murphy of the South Kingstown Senior Center. /COURTESY THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION awarded $49,540 in community grants in South County. Above, from left to right: Rhode Island Foundation CEO and President Neil D. Steinberg, Kathie Kelleher of Friends of Canonchet Farm, Kathy Vigness-Raposa of the Land Conservancy of North Kingstown, and Cindy MacDonald and Terry Murphy of the South Kingstown Senior Center. / COURTESY THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded seven South County nonprofits more than $49,540 in grants.

“These grants will create places to gather, build relationships and launch new collaborations that will make community connections stronger all over Rhode Island,” said Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the foundation.

The foundation received more than 130 applications for community grants and expects projects in this round of funding to begin before the end of the year.

Community Grants:

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  • The Land Conservancy of North Kingstown received $10,000 to restore a historic walking path in Wickford Village.
  • The Watch Hill Conservancy was awarded $9,400 to install educational signage designed to protect the ecologically fragile Napatree Point Conservation Area.
  • Narragansett was awarded $9,000 for landscaping and irrigation enhancements at Kenny Bungalow in partnership with Sunset Farm, the Narragansett Land Conservancy and the Narragansett Parks Department.
  • The Memorial and Library Association of Westerly received $7,690 to install 10 interpretive signs and an informational kiosk in Wilcox Park.
  • Friends of Canochet Farm was awarded $6,000 to install interpretive signs along the Canonchet Nature Trail in partnership with the town of Narragansett and the University of Rhode Island
  • Friends of the Hopkinton Land Trust received $5,100 to build a permanent stage for community performances in Square Park on Mechanic Street.
  • The South Kingstown Senior Center was awarded $2,350 to purchase exercise equipment.

 

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