R.I. Foundation awards $350K in grants to 48 Newport County organizations

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation announced Monday that it has distributed more than $350,000 in grants to 48 Newport County-based nonprofit organizations through the nonprofit funder’s Newport County Fund.

The new funding for the organizations will support their various efforts, such as housing, summer youth programs, food pantries and behavioral health, the foundation said. The fund awards organizations grants up to $10,000, the foundation said, to help strengthen or expand established programs, as well as support policy or advocacy efforts based on community concerns, fund new projects, and leverage strategic collaborations and partnerships.

“At a time when the impact of COVID-19 continues to ripple through the lives and work of many, we’re fortunate to have the resources to support organizations that are on the frontlines of recovery in Newport County,” Rhode Island Foundation CEO and President Neil D. Steinberg said in a statement.

The organizations that received funding, and their amounts, are:

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  • Aquidneck Community Table, $6,600
  • Best Buddiesof Massachusetts & Rhode Island, $2,500
  • Bike Newport, $5,000
  • Boys & Girls Club of Newport County, $9,978
  • Child and Family, $10,000
  • Clean Ocean Access, $4,000
  • Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation, $10,000
  • Conexion Latina Newport, $10,000
  • Day One, $10,000
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, $10,000
  • East Bay Community Action Program, $5,000
  • ecoRINews, $6,500
  • Emmanuel Church, $7,080
  • FabNewport, $7,500
  • Gnome Surf, $7,500
  • Herren Project, $7,500
  • Island Moving Company, $10,000
  • James L. Maher Center, $9,866
  • Jamestown Arts Center, $10,000
  • Jamestown Community Chorus, $2,600
  • Jamestown Community Food Pantry, $10,000
  • Jamestown Community Piano Association, $3,000
  • Katie Brown Educational Program, $6,500
  • Little Compton Community Center, $10,000
  • Little Compton Historical Society, $10,000
  • Live & Learn, $10,000
  • Lucy’s Hearth, $10,000
  • Meals on Wheels, $5,000
  • MENTOR Rhode Island, $10,000
  • Newport Classical, $5,000
  • Newport Community School, $10,000
  • Newport FILM, $5,000
  • Newport Gulls, $5,000
  • Newport Mental Health, $10,000
  • Newport Partnership for Families, $7,000
  • Newport String Project, $5,000
  • Newport Tree Conservancy, $4,400
  • Norman Bird Sanctuary, $5,000
  • Sail Newport, $10,000
  • Salvation Army – Newport Corps, $5,000
  • Save The Bay, $10,000
  • Shri Service Corps, $3,370
  • Joseph Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, $8,500
  • Star Kids Scholarship Program, $6,000
  • Turning Around Ministries, $10,000
  • Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice, $5,500
  • Washington Square Services Corp., $10,000
  • Women’s Resource Center, $5,000

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