Media release

Grants offered to Jewish groups serving Greater Providence

Grants typically range in size from $5,000 to $10,000

Jewish community charitable organizations, synagogues, and day schools serving Greater Providence have until July 21 to apply for more than $38,000 in grants through the Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

“Taking on hunger and hatred or encouraging brotherhood and understanding are central to our tradition of civic leadership and Tikkun Olam. We are pleased to provide an additional source of support for the important work our community does,” said David N. Cicilline, the Foundation’s president and CEO.

The Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund awards grants to proposals that develop connections between the Jewish community and greater Rhode Island, deepen the understanding of Jewish life and culture through scholarship and historic preservation, or provide for basic human needs such as food and housing. In addition, Jewish charitable organizations that provide these services can apply for funding to support capacity-building activities such as board development, strategic planning, nonprofit business development, fundraising or program evaluation.

Priority will be given to proposals that have clearly stated goals and objectives, measurable outcomes and a clear sustainability plan. Synagogues and religious day schools are eligible to apply only for project support, but their proposals must be non-sectarian in nature and designed to reach beyond their own constituents. Capital requests are not eligible for funding under this grant program.

Organizations that received funding recently include the Jewish Alliance, to offer educational programs for audiences beyond the Jewish community; Jewish Children’s Homes of R.I., to provide summer camp scholarships and to encourage inter-faith families to attend; and Jewish Collaborative Services, to buy kosher food for the Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised more than $75 million and awarded nearly $84 million in grants last year. Through leadership, fundraising and grant making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.