Media release

Rhode Island Foundation offers grants to Jewish groups serving greater Providence

Jewish community charitable organizations, synagogues and day schools from Barrington to East Greenwich have until July 16 to apply for more than $36,000 in grants through the Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

“We are pleased to offer Jewish charitable organizations serving the greater Providence community additional support. We look forward to working with eligible nonprofits in their vital work addressing the needs of all Rhode Islanders.”

- Inés Merchán, grant programs officer at the Foundation

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.

Synagogues and day schools are eligible to apply only for project support, and 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.

Grants typically range in size from $5,000 to $10,000. Priority will be given to proposals that have clearly stated goals and objectives, measurable outcomes and a clear sustainability plan.

Organizations that received funding last year include the Jewish Alliance of Greater RI to increase engagement and expand outreach by shifting from printed publications to multi-media communications, including podcasts, blogs and e-news; the Jewish Community Day School to support its Partners in Peace learning program with the Islamic School of Rhode Island and Temple Emanu-El to stage Singing the Dream, a community-based musical tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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.