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Nonprofits receive nearly $300,000 to serve Newport County residents

Grants from the Foundation's Newport County Fund will fund activities ranging from emergency housing and distance learning to job training and food pantries

Nonprofit organizations serving Newport County residents will share nearly $300,000 in grants through the Rhode Island Foundation’s Newport County Fund (NCF). The funding will support a host of activities ranging from emergency housing and distance learning to food pantries and job training.

“In a time marked by the impact of COVID-19 on everyday life, we’re fortunate to have the resources to assist organizations that are on the frontlines of leading the recovery in Newport County,” said Neil D. Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “We are grateful for the donors who make it possible for us to support nonprofits that are well-positioned to respond every day to community needs, particularly in this uniquely challenging period.”

Child & Family of Newport County, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and Meals on Wheels are among the 39 organizations that will share the funding.

Child & Family in Middletown received $10,000 to provide case management services for families enrolled in its Supportive Housing Program. As many as 12 families, or 45 individuals, will directly benefit from the program.

“Our focus on connecting families to care is what makes our program successful in keeping families together and keeping children out of the costly child welfare system,” said Marty Sinnott, president and CEO.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport received $10,000 to support the academic, emotional and social success of students in its after-school and summer camp programs, which serve students from all over Newport County.

“While our childhood education programs are known for their caring, high-quality and affordability for working families, nevertheless many families are still unable to afford weeklong care. We make programs accessible for low-income families, especially those who don’t qualify for state subsidies but still struggle,” said Heather Hole Strout, executive director.

"We make programs accessible for low-income families, especially those who don’t qualify for state subsidies but still struggle."

- Heather Hole Strout, Executive Director, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

Meals on Wheels received $5,000 to support its work providing home-delivered meals to Newport County seniors and other homebound adults. In 2020, organization served nearly 30,000 meals, a nearly 30 percent increase compared to 2019.

“Every meal delivery represents a time when a client received a vital well-being check and a critical opportunity for socialization that directly works to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness associated with their homebound status," said Meghan Grady, executive director.

Also receiving grants are American Red Cross, Aquidneck Community Table, The Autism Project, Boys & Girls Club of Newport County, Clean Ocean Access, Conanicut Island Land Trust, Day One, East Bay Community Action Program, FabNewport, Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England, Gnome, The Herren Project, Island Moving Company, James L. Maher Center, Jamestown Arts Center, Jamestown Community Food Pantry, Katie Brown Educational Program, Little Compton Community Center, Live & Learn, Lucy's Hearth, Mentor Rhode Island, Movement Ground Farm, Newport Community School, YMCA of Newport County, Newport Partnership for Families, Newport String Project Portsmouth United Methodist Church/God's Community Garden, Rhode Island Black Storytellers, Rhode Island Write On Sports, Salvation Army - Newport Corps, Sankofa Community Connection, Shri Service Corps, St. Vincent de Paul Society Turning Around Ministries, Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice, and Washington Square Services Corporation.

The NCF awards grants of up $10,000 to strengthen or expand established programs, to support policy or advocacy efforts on behalf of community concerns, to fund new projects that focus on significant problems or opportunities, and to leverage strategic collaborations and partnerships. In making the funding decisions, the Foundation worked with an advisory committee comprised of residents from every community in Newport County.

Established in 2002, the NCF has awarded nearly $5 million in grants for programs and services for residents of Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth and Tiverton. It is just one of the grant programs that enable the Foundation to serve Newport County communities.

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 $68 million and awarded a record $87 million in grants in 2020. Since its centennial five years ago, the Foundation has awarded more than $284 million in grants and has raised more than $328 million. Through leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.