2015-01-22 / Around Town

Rhode Island Foundation Grant Deadline Nears

Nonprofit organizations in Newport County’s six communities have until Feb. 20 to apply for more than $150,000 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation.

The Newport County Fund (NCF) offers awards of up to $10,000 in eight key funding areas: arts and culture, children and families, education, economic security, environment, health, housing and basic human needs. Among the eligible uses are project-development support for new programs, strengthening or expanding established community programs or services and community or municipal planning or leadership. Successful applications will demonstrate focus on a significant problem or opportunity, strategic partnerships or collaboration, innovation in their approach or project design and measurable results.

The NCF does not fund individuals or scholarships, capital or endowment efforts, medical research, debt reduction or fundraising events. Grants may support faith-based organizations for secular programs or projects. These are annual grants; NCF does not make multi-year commitments.

In making the funding decisions, the Foundation will work with an advisory committee comprised of Newport County residents including Kristen Humphrey, Victoria Johnson, John Murphy and John Trifero.

Recent grant recipients include the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County, which received $5,900 to offer College Bound and SAT preparation programs and job-readiness training, and the Newport County YMCA, which received $10,000 to launch a sexual-abuse educational program that empowers adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Since 2002, the NCF has invested more than $2.6 million in funding programs and services to Newport County groups. The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in the state.

For more information, visit www.rifoundation.org.

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