PROVIDENCE, RI -- The Rhode Island Foundation is offering
$94,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations that serve the state’s Black
community. The deadline to apply for assistance from the Foundation’s Black
Philanthropy Bannister Fund is Sept. 13.
“Our aim is to support work that strengthens and empowers this
community. We’re targeting organizations that focus on the unique needs of
Rhode Island’s Black community, including those nonprofits that have a
tradition of serving the community,” said Adrian Bonéy, the Foundation’s
program officer for special programs.
The fund’s goal is long-term, systemic change that improves the
lives of Rhode Island’s Black community. Grants will support
community-based organizations that uplift low-income Black Rhode Islanders
through programs that create pathways to financial stability and achievement,
provide youth development and mentoring opportunities to urban Black youth and
support and promote the history, culture and achievements of Blacks in Rhode
Last year’s recipients include the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Newport County, which received $5,000 to send Black children to its
after-school program; the Opportunities Industrialization Center in Providence,
which was awarded $9,620 to expand its workforce development programs to
include people age 16 to 18; and the Institute for the Study and Practice of
Nonviolence in Providence, which received $7,500 to provide job readiness
training to hard-to-reach young people.
“Since the beginning, our goal has been to support positive and
systemic change for the Black community. By funding work that encourages equity
and promotes access, we can create pathways to achievement and accomplishment,”
said Linda Newton, co-chair of the fund’s advisory committee.
In addition to the grant program, the fund also offers
scholarship assistance for Black students who are pursuing or advancing a
career in health care at an accredited institution and are Rhode Island
residents who demonstrate financial need.
This year’s scholarship recipients include Olanrewaju Sanni, who
is pursuing his MBA in Health Management at Rhode Island College; and Wenricka
Griffith, who attends the University of Rhode Island.
The fund has awarded $330,000 in grants and scholarships in the
past seven years. Members of the public can support the fund’s work by donating
online on the Foundation’s
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 $38 million and awarded
$43 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing
issues and needs of diverse communities in 2017. Through leadership,
fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals
and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true
potential. For more information, visit rifoundation.org.