By supporting innovation and encouraging collaboration and advocacy, our grants strengthen the nonprofit sector and address the states crucial needs, said Neil Steinberg, Foundation president and CEO. Through the vision and generosity of our donors, who put their faith in us, we can work together to tackle Rhode Islands most urgent, statewide issues.
Of the $16.3 million, $2,710,606 was awarded to 44 Rhode Island nonprofits under the Foundations competitive strategy grant program.
The strategy grants fall into six sectors: arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health and human services. Additionally, the Foundation supports signature initiatives in two areas it believes are critical to the states economic wellbeing: public education and primary health care.
From creating an educated workforce to increasing the capacity of the states nonprofits, these grants take on the issues that we believe are critical to Rhode Islands future, said Daniel Kertzner, vice president for grant programs.
Key strategy grants from the first half of 2013 are:
$100,000 for City Years In School and On Track initiative, which aims to reduce the number of high school dropouts by increasing the number of staff serving in Providences DelSesto, Esek Hopkins, Roger Williams and Gilbert Stuart middle schools and Pleasant View Elementary by 33 percent
The Central Falls School Department received $41,666 to improve school readiness and academic achievement of high-need children and their families from pre-school to third grade. Central Falls will work with Childrens Friend, Bradley Hospital Early Childhood Clinical Research Center and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University will
Breakthrough Providence received $45,000 for the new "Students Teaching Students" Institute, which will build the capacity of organizations and institutions serving middle school youth to employ the students teaching students model.
Inspiring Minds received $40,000 to expand the Intensive Literacy/Numeracy Intervention Initiative, which is a dynamic model for speeding up the process for raising student achievement, particularly in the middle school years.
The Providence Community Health Centers Inc. received $75,000 to continue operating its integrated primary care and behavioral health clinic by underwriting the partial salaries of a physician and nurse manager.
The College Crusade of Rhode Island received $80,000 for academic support, career exploration, social and personal development and college readiness programs for 3,500 middle and high school students in Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket and Cranston.
Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program (UCAP) received $50,000 to fund its academic, cultural and recreational Beyond Science programs, an important part of its wrap-around full service program for at-risk students.
Urban Ponds Procession received $19,400 for its Urban Pond Procession 2013 program. Through art-making workshops, this organization engages local neighborhood residents to create pieces for the Urban Pond Procession. In addition, the grant funds work with Alvarez High School and City Arts to coordinate educational workshops and art-making with students.
Young Voices received $20,000 for its Students Leading Change in School Reform initiative. The grant expands student-initiated change in school climate and instructional practice to systemic levels in the low-performing districts of Providence, Pawtucket and Woonsocket.
The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2012, the Foundation made grants of more than $30.4 million to organizations addressing Rhode Islands most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising, and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping our state reach its true potential. For more information, visit www.rifoundation.org.