RI Free Clinic Receives $150,000 Grant From United Way of RI

Wednesday, June 01, 2016


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The Rhode Island Free Clinic has been awarded a $150,000 grant by United Way of Rhode Island to be distributed over three years. The grant will support the clinic and its work to provide free, comprehensive medical care and preventive health services to thousands of adults in Rhode Island who have no health insurance and cannot afford health care. 

“We are grateful for United Way of Rhode Island’s vital support, which will help strengthen and sustain  our efforts to mobilize volunteers from around the state to provide essential health services for vulnerable Rhode Islanders who fall outside the Affordable Care Act. We are honored to be among the other remarkable grant recipients; together we are changing lives and strengthening communities in our state,” said Marie Ghazal, CEO of the Rhode Island Free Clinic. 

The Rhode Island Free Clinic provides uninsured, low-income adults with a medical home that offers comprehensive, coordinated health services entirely free of charge. 

The grant is awarded by United Way for the first year of its 2016-2019 competitive grant cycle, which is focused on helping families with basic needs, such as health care, safe and affordable housing, and food assistance, as well as with providing learning opportunities for adults and children. 

In total, United Way awarded $3.1 million of the $12 million it has committed through 2019 to help change the lives of 250,000 Rhode Islanders by 2020, the overarching goal of its new strategic plan, Live United 2020. 

“While our goal of changing 250,000 lives by 2020 is ambitious, the innovative ideas of the funding proposals we received really captured the forward thinking we need to make the vision a reality,” said Anthony Maione, President and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island. 

Applying for the Grant

Rhode Island Free Clinic submitted its funding application in response to United Way's request for proposals last fall. The submission was one of 224 proposals received by United Way. 

The proposals were put through a vigorous review process by a diverse group of 75 United Way community volunteers, who spent nearly 6 months reviewing them before delivering their funding recommendations to the United Way Community Investment Advisory Committee for approval. 

Volunteers received more than 10 hours of training to become reviewers, and were tasked with taking a total of $16.5 million in funding requests to allocate the $3.1 million made available by United Way during the grant cycle's first year. 

Rhode Island Free Clinic 

Founded on the core belief that health care should be accessible to all, the Rhode Island Free Clinic, located at 655 Broad Street in Providence, provides free, comprehensive health care to low-income, working poor and uninsured adults, through a dynamic statewide network of volunteer medical providers working with academic, medical and community partners.

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About United Way of Rhode Island 

United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) has been working to improve the quality of life in Rhode Island for nearly 90 years. Together with its partners, UWRI is changing lives and strengthening our communities by investing in proven programs that work over the short-term, and are scalable over the long-term. 

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