This Fund is the result of a collaboration between the Black Philanthropy Initiative, a field of interest fund established at the Foundation in 2007 to address the needs of the Black community, and Bannister House, a nursing home for retired African American domestic workers. When Bannister House was sold, the former board contributed the proceeds to the Foundation's Black Philanthropy Initiative, and in 2016 the Fund was renamed the Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund. The fund will continue to honor the original focus of Bannister House and the Black Philanthropy Initiative by supporting positive and systemic change for African American/Black Rhode Islanders.
The fund will provide assistance in these core areas:
- Grants to community-based organizations that provide youth development and mentoring opportunities to urban African American/Black youth. The programs should target educational success, avoidance of risk behaviors, empowerment to make positive decisions, higher aspirations, increased confidence, more positive interpersonal relationships and growth and engagement that positively impacts the community.
- Grants to African American/Black community-based organizations that support and promote the history and achievements of African Americans/Blacks in Rhode Island, preserve the culture of the African American/Black community and strive to uplift low-income African American/Black Rhode Islanders.
- Scholarship assistance for African American/Black students who are pursuing or advancing a career in healthcare. (Please see our Scholarship Opportunities for additional criteria and the application deadline.)
Please note: Applications will not be considered from organizations with overdue grant reports.
September 15, 2017
A complete application includes: