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Rhode Island Foundation offers grants to Jewish groups serving Greater Providence

Jewish community charitable organizations, synagogues and day schools in Greater Providence have until July 15 to apply for more than $42,000 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,” said Inés Merchán, senior grant programs officer at the Foundation. “We look forward to working with eligible nonprofits in their vital work addressing the needs of all Rhode Islanders.”

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 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.

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. For more information, and to apply, click here.

Organizations that received funding last year include the Jewish Alliance to offer educational programs for audiences beyond the Jewish community; Jewish Children’s Homes of R.I. to provide scholarships to Camp JORI and to encourage inter-faith families to attend; and to Jewish Collaborative Services for the purchase of perishable and nonperishable kosher foods 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 $98 million and awarded $76 million in grants in 2021. Through leadership, fundraising and grant making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.