RIF offers $265K in grants to serve Newport County residents

THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION is offering $265,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations that serve Newport County residents. Front row, from left, Marilyn Warren of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport; Marty Sinnott of Child & Family in Middletown; and Rachel Holbert and Will Cronin from the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown at the announcement of last year’s grants. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION is offering $265,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations that serve Newport County residents. Front row, from left, Marilyn Warren of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport; Marty Sinnott of Child & Family in Middletown; and Rachel Holbert and Will Cronin from the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown at the announcement of last year’s grants. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation has put out a call for nonprofit organizations serving Newport County residents to apply for $265,000 in grants before a Feb. 15 deadline.

“We are focused on serving the unique needs of the people in these communities. Collaborating with partners that have deep roots here gives us the resources and context to address local priorities,” said Adrian Bonéy, the foundation’s grant maker for special programs, in a statement.

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To date, the foundation’s Newport County Fund has invested more than $3.8 million in programs and services supporting the residents of Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth and Tiverton.

NCF grants are offered in denominations of up to $10,000 to develop new programs, strengthen or expand established programs, and to fund municipal planning or leadership. The foundation’s release said organizations should focus on “significant problems or opportunities, strategic partnerships or collaborations, innovation and measuring results.”

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Grants through the NCF are not multiyear commitments and the monies will not be awarded to individuals, scholarships, medical research, debt reduction or fundraising efforts.

Recipients in 2017 include the East Bay Community Action Program, which won $9,660 to support its certified nursing assistant training program at the Aquidneck Island Adult Training Center; the Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England, which was awarded $5,000 to serve at-risk girls from Newport County; and the R.I. Chapter of the American Red Cross, which received $10,000 to provide disaster relief and disaster-preparedness education in Newport County.

The NCF is supplemented by the Jamestown Community Fund and the Jamestown Fund for the Performing Arts. These two funds have awarded more than $100,000 in grants over the years.

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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