R.I. Foundation awards $110K to 19 organizations supporting Black community

PROVIDENCE – Close to $110,000 in grants via the Rhode Island Foundation’s Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund were awarded to 19 local nonprofits supporting the state’s Black community, the foundation announced Wednesday.

The foundation says the fund supports nonprofits offering youth development and mentoring, preserving Black culture, promoting Black history and achievements in Rhode Island and striving to uplift low-income Black residents. The fund, the foundation says, also offers scholarships to Black students either in college or a technical school who are pursuing careers in health care. Applications for those scholarships are due April 10, the foundation said.

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“We’re grateful for the donors, community advisors and nonprofit partners that join us in addressing the underlying causes of inequity,” Foundation President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg said in a statement. “As COVID-19 has underscored, it is clearer than ever that we must work together to eliminate disparities and close achievement gaps in order to promote a better future for all Rhode Islanders.”

The grants ranged from $2,500 to $10,065. The organizations that received funding are:

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  • African Alliance of Rhode Island
  • AS220
  • Everett: Company, Stage & School
  • Inspiring Minds
  • MAP Behavioral Health Services
  • New Bridges for Haitian Success
  • New Urban Arts
  • Oasis International
  • Power Up RI Inc.
  • Rhode Island Black Storytellers
  • Rhode Island for Community & Justice
  • Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education
  • Sankofa Community Connection
  • Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts
  • Urban League of Rhode Island Inc.
  • Stages of Freedom
  • WattsNatural Tutoring
  • Youth In Action
  • Youth Moving Forward

(CORRECTION: Nineteen organizations received funding from the Rhode Island Foundation. The African Alliance of Rhode Island, Oasis International, Sankofa Community Connection and Youth Moving Forward were inadvertently omitted from the original story as recipients.)

James Bessette is the PBN special projects editor, and also covers the nonprofit and education sectors. You may reach him at Bessette@PBN.com. You may also follow him on Twitter at @James_Bessette.