PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation awarded $15.4 million in grants during the first half of 2012, the organization announced Monday.
“Through these grants, the Foundation is responding to urgent, statewide issues by strengthening the nonprofit sector, supporting innovation, and encouraging collaboration and advocacy,” Neil D. Steinberg, foundation president and CEO, said in a statement.
“To do this, we depend on the vision and generosity of our donors, who place their trust and confidence in the foundation, so that together, we can address Rhode Island’s most pressing needs and opportunities,” added Steinberg.
Of the $15.3 million awarded by the Rhode Island Foundation, $6.4 million was awarded in discretionary grants made by Foundation staff and directors, including $1.8 million to the Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island, support for first winners of the Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship, several major education grants, $48,000 from Equity Action to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer organizations, $182,183 to organizations serving Newport County, inaugural grants from the Black Philanthropy Initiative and $207,800 to provide emergency human service assistance to needy Rhode Islanders.
Under the Foundation’s competitive strategy grant program, $2.2 million was awarded to 42 Rhode Island nonprofit organizations.
Through the competitive strategy grants, the Foundation invests in organizations and programs that strive for long-term solutions to what it calls “significant community issues.”
Rhode Island Foundation strategy grants fall into six sectors: arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health, and human services. The foundation also supports signature initiatives in public education and primary health care.
“The programs funded by these strategy grants will help ensure Rhode Island has a thriving arts and culture sector, job training and affordable housing for all residents, a world-class education system, preserved and protected natural resources, accessible and affordable primary health care, and a successful system of care for at-risk youth,” Daniel Kertzner, the foundation’s vice president for grant programs, said in a statement.
The strategy grants from the first half of 2012 are as follows:
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, $31,000
Amos House, $75,000
Brown University, $45,000
Center for Collaborative Education, $50,000
CHILD Inc., $44,900
Children’s Friend and Service, $60,000
College Crusade of Rhode Island, $60,000
Corporation for Supportive Housing Interagency Council, $50,000
Department of Children, Youth and Families, $98,600
Dorcas Place Adult and Family Learning Center, $45,000
The Economic Progress Institute, $37,500
ecoRI News, $12,825
Environment Council of Rhode Island Education, $8,600
Family Service of Rhode Island, $65,000
Fund for UCAP, $35,000
Grow Smart Rhode Island, $75,000
Highlander Institute, $95,000
Hispanic Heritage Committee of RI, $20,000
Homefront Health Care, $42,660
Inspiring Minds, $42,500
International Institute Rhode Island Inc., $25,000
Lifespan/The Miriam Hospital, $48,000
Ocean State Action Fund, $50,000
The Providence After School Alliance, $60,000
Read to Succeed, $10,000
Rhode Island Instructional Leadership Academy, $75,000
Rhode Island Kids Count, $125,000
Rhode Island League of Charter Schools, $23,575
Rhode Island Parent Information Network, $65,000
Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, $55,000
Riverwood Mental Health Services, $200,000
RiverzEdge Arts Project, $50,000
Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, $35,000
Sierra Club Rhode Island Chapter, $30,000
South County Hospital Healthcare, $65,000
Special Olympics Rhode Island, $50,000
Tides Family Services, $51,480
Tiverton Library Foundation, $30,000
University of Rhode Island Foundation, $15,000
Venture for America, $25,000
VNS Home Health Services, $59,500
Rhode Island Foundation,
Neil D. Steinberg