NEWPORT, RI – Seven Newport County nonprofits working on food insecurity, housing instability and homelessness prevention, and behavioral health are among those that will share $8.3 million in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation.
State leaders funded the foundation’s ARPA Nonprofit Assistance Program using $20 million from the state’s $1.1 billion share of the federal American Rescue Plan Act allocation for COVID-19 recovery. Governor Dan McKee, House Speaker K.K. Joseph Shekharchi and Senate President Dominic J. Ruggerio joined the foundation last month to unveil the program.
“Nonprofits across the state are stepping up to provide support and resources to those in need. Given the impact of COVID-19 and increased ongoing costs, our grants ensure they can continue to perform the essential work their communities depend on,” said Neil D. Steinberg, President and CEO of the Foundation.
The Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, Connexion Latina Newport and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport and Child and Family in Middletown, Community Blessings Foundation, Lucy’s Heart and Newport Mental Health are among the organizations receiving funding. The Foundation prioritizes community-based nonprofits serving communities of highest need.
Newport Mental Health will use its grant to expand the services it provides to children and their families in schools, at its specialized Healthy Transitions Young Adult Center, and during home visits in Newport County. In addition, the grant will also support the rollout of mobile crisis outreach teams in Newport and Bristol counties and East Providence in partnership with Horizon Healthcare Partners, Community Care Alliance and Health RI.
“This funding is very important to us and will help us in two important areas. We can reach children to improve their present as well as make a positive impact on their future. Jamie Lehane, President and CEO of Newport Mental Health Said, “Mental health care in children is needed now more than ever.”
“Also, we are a strong advocate of decriminalizing mental health issues. Mobile teams working in the community will help people with mental health issues get treated instead of being arrested or sent to the emergency room,” he said.
The Foundation encourages organizations that have not yet received grants to apply for the remaining $11.7 million. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the funds are exhausted. The maximum grant is expected to be $150,000.
“We are grateful that state leaders have confidence in our ability to quickly get this funding to organizations that are booting up to help their communities recover from the pandemic’s continued impact on daily life across Rhode Island. —doing on-the-ground work,” Steinberg said.
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 with the Foundation. For more information, visit rifoundation.org/arpagrants.
Since 2020, the foundation has distributed $19.8 million in federal pandemic relief funds in partnership with the state.
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 last year raised $98 million and made $76 million in grants. Through leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information, visit rifoundation.org.