Rhode Island Foundation awards nearly $270K to Newport County-serving organizations

Representatives of Newport County nonprofit organizations listen as the Rhode Island Foundation announces they will share nearly $270,000 in grants. The funds will underwrite activities ranging from workforce training and after school activities to preventing relationship violence and protecting vulnerable seniors. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION
REPRESENTATIVES OF NEWPORT COUNTY nonprofit organizations listen as the Rhode Island Foundation announces they will share nearly $270,000 in grants. The funds will underwrite activities ranging from workforce training and after school activities to preventing relationship violence and protecting vulnerable seniors. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

PROVIDENCE – Forty grants funding job readiness training, after school activities, protecting vulnerable seniors and preventing domestic violence were among $267,755 in grants awarded to nonprofit organizations serving Newport County residents by the Rhode Island Foundation Thursday.

Funded by the foundation’s Newport County Fund, grants are offered up to $10,000 in seven areas: arts and culture, basic human needs, children and families, economic security, the environment, healthy lives and housing.

To-date, the 16-year-old fund has awarded more than $4 million in grants for programs and services in support of Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth and Tiverton residents.

“From enriching arts and educational opportunities for young people to underwriting critical health and job readiness programs, we are grateful to work with partners that are improving lives here in Newport County,” said Neil D. Steinberg, the foundation’s president and CEO.

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The following nonprofits received $10,000 in this round of grants:

  • Day One in Middletown received $10,000 to provide evaluation, advocacy and treatment services to child and adult victims of sexual violence and abuse
  • Targeting underserved and at-risk youth – including ninth graders at Rogers High School and a new cohort of 25 10th graders at Middletown High School – Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County, based in Newport, was awarded a $10,000 grant to expand its Essential Skills Program
  • The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport received $10,000 to support the academic success of students in its after-school and summer camp programs, which serve students from all over Newport County
  • More than 100 parents and children have received emergency support and shelter at Lucy’s Hearth in Middletown since July 2017 and a $10,000 grant will support the work of residential counselors
  • Newport Working Cities received $10,000 to cultivate a data system which will allow Newporters to connect with necessary resources across the City to break the barriers of poverty and maintain long-term employment
  • Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown received $10,000 to continue its educational programing for Portsmouth and Tiverton elementary school children
  • The Tiverton Prevention Coalition received $10,000 to expand its partnership with local faith-based organizations to reduce substance abuse rates among Newport County youth
  • The Washington Square Services Corp. in Newport received $10,000 to provide intensive case management services to homeless men and women at the McKinney Cooperative Shelter

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $38 million and awarded $43 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2017.

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

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