BOSTON – Two Rhode Island groups have received grants from Third Sector New England, a Boston-based nonprofit support organization, to maintain projects to promote co-operative businesses and end racial profiling in the state.
Awarded through Third Sector’s Inclusion Initiative program, the grants aim to fund nonprofits’ efforts to combat poverty and economic inequality in minority communities.
In Rhode Island, the People Owning Wider Economic Resources Network of Central Falls received $28,500 to incubate and support worker-owned co-operative businesses, and the Providence-based Standing Together to End Poverty and Undo Profiling Network, or STEP UP, received the same amount to fight racial profiling in the Ocean State.
“The Inclusion Initiative grants are guided by the belief that when nonprofits, businesses, schools, civic organizations and government agencies work together and collaborate, it enhances the potential for collective, lasting impact on the root causes of poverty,” said Jonathan Spack, executive director of Third Sector New England.
Inclusion Initiative grants in the amount of $28,500 were awarded to seven organizations in this first round, selected on the basis of their plans to address the root causes of poverty in five main areas, including education, health care, environmental justice, community and economic development, and youth development. In the second round, up to five of those organizations will be awarded larger implementation grants.
The other nonprofits receiving Third Sector first-round funding included:
The Barbershop Health Network (Worcester, Mass.) – $28,500 to improve population health by employing community members to promote health resources in the community.
Immigrant Youth Leadership and Solidarity Initiative (Boston) – $28,500 to cultivate immigrant youth leadership structures and activities that continually promote immigrant youth leadership.
Roxbury Food Justice Hub (Roxbury, Mass.) – $28,500 to develop the Roxbury Food Justice Hub as both a physical space and a network of collaborative partners.
Mattapan United (Mattapan, Mass.) – $28,500 to improve the quality of life in Mattapan for all residents, focusing on the structural issues that impact poverty.
Boston Tenant Coalition (Boston) – $28,500 to form community-led democratic structures outside of the traditional authorities in Boston Public Housing.