PROVIDENCE – Two-hundred and nine organizations received grants from The Champlin Foundations this year, totaling $18.9 million.
The foundation increased its grants by 11 percent in 2011 from a year earlier. Substantially all of the grants went to organizations in Rhode Island.
There were six main areas for the grant giving: open space, conservation, parks and environment; hospitals/health care; youth and fitness; education; social services; and libraries.
Eleven percent of the grants went to organizations in the areas of arts and culture; historic preservation; animal and human societies. This year, the foundation said in a news release last month, 22 first-time recipients received $830,155.
The application period for this year is March 1 through April 30.
Some of the grants included:
The Nature Conservancy, $2 million for the Rhode Island Open Space Conservation Program.
The Miriam Hospital, $800,000 to outfit operating rooms in the new Joint Replacement Center.
Greater Providence YMCA, $625,000 for expansion and renovation of the Bayside Family YMCA and “camperships” – financial assistance for summer camp.
Tides Family Services, $280,000 to replace the roof at the Providence facility on Broad Street.
Providence Public Library, $673,000 for comprehensive HVAC upgrades.
New Urban Arts, $150,000 toward renovations of a new building.
R.I. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, $68,000 for a new animal crematory.
The Champlin Foundations have awarded more than $460 million in grants since 1932.