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Tiverton and Little Compton Residents to Benefit From $166,666 in Grants

Rhode Island Foundation President and CEO Neil Steinberg.
Rhode Island Foundation President and CEO Neil Steinberg.

Tiverton and Little Compton nonprofit organizations are among 30 Newport County groups that received $166,666 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation.

The grants, through the Foundation’s Newport County Fund (NCF), will underwrite a host of activities ranging from job readiness training and after-school activities to farming and domestic violence prevention.

“From enriching arts and educational opportunities for young people to underwriting critical health and environmental programs, we are proud to work with partners that are improving lives here,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “We are grateful to the donors who make this assistance possible and the local men and women who keep us closely connected to the community.”

Common Fence Music of Tiverton received $5,000 to underwrite the cost of offering “Connecting the Beats,” African-inspired drumming and dance, to eight local youth organizations and schools.

Two Little Compton nonprofits received grants. The Katie Brown Educational Program was awarded $5,000 to provide domestic violence prevention instruction in Tiverton Middle School and Tiverton High School and the Little Compton Community Center received $5,000 to create a pilot program to engage youngsters ages 14 to 17 in volunteer activities in Little Compton and nearby communities.

In addition, Tiverton and Little Compton residents are served by many of the other organizations receiving grants including Child and Family Services of Newport County, Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Newport County Community Mental Health Center and the Visiting Nurses Services of Newport and Bristol Counties.

The NCF offered grants of up $10,000 in seven key funding areas: arts and culture, basic human needs, children and families, economic security, the environment, healthy lives and housing.

The Foundation worked with an advisory committee comprised of Newport County residents Elizabeth Finn, Kristen Humphrey, Victoria Johnson, Leland Merrill Jr., John Murphy and John Trifero in making the funding decisions.

Since 2002, the NCF has invested more than $2.6 million in funding programs and services for residents of Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth and Tiverton. The NCF is one of one of several committee-advised funds at the Foundation established to fulfill the desire of donors and serving specific issues or geographic areas.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in the state. In 2013, the Foundation made grants of more than $31 million to organizations addressing Rhode Island’s 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 Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information, visit www.rifoundation.org

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