WARWICK, RI – Nine Warwick nonprofits working on food insecurity, homelessness prevention, and behavioral health will receive about $1 million in Rhode Island Foundation grants.
The foundation has another $11.7 million in grants available for area nonprofits, first come, first-serve, according to a statement announcing the awards.
Oganizations that have not already received grants may apply for the remaining $11.7 million. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the funding is expended. The maximum grant amounts are expected to be about $150,000.
Warwick’s Amenity Aid, Coastline EAP, Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, Friends Way, House of Hope Community Development Corporation, Integrated Healthcare Partners, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Rhode Island Parent Information Network and Sargent Rehabilitation Center are among more than 90 nonprofits statewide that received funding.
“Nonprofits across the state have been going above and beyond to provide support and resources to people in need. Given the impact of COVID-19 and ongoing cost increases, our grants ensure they can continue doing the essential work that their communities depend on,” said Neil D. Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO.
House of Hope reports it will use its grant to recruit and retain staff. In addition to serving Rhode Islanders experiencing homelessness, the organization manages dozens of affordable apartments and provides a range of supportive services for residents across the state.
“The mission of House of Hope CDC affirms housing as a basic human right, however the agency finds itself in the challenging position of navigating food and housing insecurity experiences of our staff as housing and other costs of daily life continue to rise,” said Laura Jaworski, executive director.
“Our ongoing commitment to DEI work has forced us to challenge the systemic racism inherent in not offering a housing wage to our staff, and our values as an affordable housing provider. At the current moment, there is no more critical need for the agency than protecting the health, well-being, and housing of our team members without whom we are unable to continue our exceptional work for Rhode Islanders experiencing homelessness,” she said.
“We are grateful that state leaders believed in our capacity to quickly get this funding out to the organizations that are doing the boots-on-the-ground work helping their communities recover from the pandemic’s continuing impact on the daily lives of Rhode Islanders,” said Steinberg.
Applicants must have a federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) and must submit a copy of their most recent IRS Form 990, 990EZ or 990N; and their 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter with their application if it is not already on file at the Foundation. For more information, visit rifoundation.org/arpagrants.
Since 2020, the Foundation has distributed $19.8 million in federal pandemic relief funding in partnership with the state.
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