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We're offering composers $25,000 to create music
By Chris Barnett / August 11, 2017
Rhode Island composers who dream of having more time to work on their craft have until Sept. 5 to apply for $25,000 fellowships from the Rhode Island Foundation. The grants are considered to be among the largest no-strings-attached awards available to artists in the United States.

Building community with music
By Connie Grosch / August 9, 2017
More than 7,000 people joined us at Roger Williams Park last week for a wonderful celebration of community –a free concert by the Rhode Island Philharmonic. The event showcased one of our state’s cultural treasures in one of our best-loved places for the people of Rhode Island.

Offering nearly $300,000 in grants to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / August 4, 2017
Supporting programs that improve the health of Rhode Islanders is one of our core objectives. Our priority is proposals that will greatly impact the provision of quality and affordable health care services or that will connect individuals with the community health resources necessary for better health outcomes.

Talking philanthropy with our VP of Development
By Chris Barnett / August 3, 2017
“Every day we’re striving to connect generous donors with the causes they are passionate about. The process is fun and inspirational and touches on my values.”

Letty A. (Spino) Raponi Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 1, 2017
“Letty lived an active life with real goodness in her heart,” recalls Ralph Raponi of his late wife, noting also, “Letty’s smile would light up a room”.

Friday Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / July 27, 2017
“We’re very lucky to have what we have and be where we are. There are so many people who do not have a lot and need help." - Richard Friday

Nonprofits serving Newport County share $270,000 in grants
By Chris Barnett / July 25, 2017
The grants, through the Foundation’s Newport County Fund (NCF), will underwrite a host of activities ranging from job readiness training and after-school activities to preventing relationship violence and stocking food pantries.

Plugging into the community
By Chris Barnett / July 21, 2017
We award a $15,000 Centennial Community Grant to the City of Newport to create the “Plug Park,” a temporary stop for people looking to recharge themselves or their electronic devices.

Valley Breeze Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / July 17, 2017
The Valley Breeze Scholarship will be awarded annually, beginning in 2018, to one graduating senior at Cumberland High School and one at Mount Saint Charles Academy.

Grants build community throughout RI
By Chris Barnett / July 14, 2017
Our Community Grants program would not be possible but for the foresight of those who came before us, the donors who generously invest in our state and the nonprofits that transform those resources into action.

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