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$290,000 in grants available to help Newport County residents

Nonprofit organizations that serve residents of Newport County’s six cities and towns have until March 7 to apply for $290,000 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation

"This fund is just one way we focus on serving the unique needs of the residents of Newport County. Supporting organizations that have deep roots in the community ensures our help reflects local needs and priorities," said David N. Cicilline, the Foundation’s president and CEO.

The Newport County Fund (NCF) offers grants of up to $10,000 to develop new programs, to strengthen or expand established programs and for municipal planning or leadership. Applicants should focus on significant problems or opportunities, strategic partnerships or collaborations, innovation and measuring results.

The program does not fund individuals or scholarships, medical research, debt reduction or fundraising. Grants may support faith-based organizations for secular programs or projects. These are annual grants; NCF does not make multi-year commitments.

Last year’s recipients include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport, Conexion Latina Newport, the Jamestown Arts Center, the Little Compton Community Center and Lucy's Hearth in Middletown.

Over the years, the NCF has invested more than $5.6 million in funding programs and services for residents of Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth and Tiverton. The fund is supplemented by the Jamestown Community Fund and the Jamestown Fund for the Performing Arts.

NCF is just one of the grant programs the Foundation uses to support nonprofits that serve the Newport County communities. In 2023 alone, the Foundation awarded $5.2 million in grants to Newport County nonprofits.

For more information about applying for an NCF grant, visit

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Through civic leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is improving the lives of all Rhode Islanders.