United Way of RI Announces $3.1 Million in Grants to Kick Off New Grant Cycle
Friday, April 29, 2016
United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) has committed a total of $12 million in funding through 2019. United Way of Rhode Island announced $3.1 million in grants to organization statewide to kick off the new three-year grant cycle.
See the Grant Recipients Below
Funds awarded for year one of UWRI's 2016-2019 grant cycle will invest in local nonprofits' programs that focus on delivering basic needs supports to families, like safe and affordable housing, food assistance and health care, as well as learning opportunities for children and adults. After launching its latest grant cycle with the release of request for proposals in the fall of 2015, UWRI received 224 submissions.
“The innovation that we saw in the applications is very exciting; there were fifty percent more proposals this year and all of them showed a great focus on changing lives in our state. If we can get more families into stable housing and give all kids an equal chance at succeeding in the classroom and beyond, there’s no limit to how strong our communities can become—and that helps everyone,” said Anthony Maione, President and CEO, United Way of Rhode Island.
This grant cycle is the organization's first since unveiling its Live United 2020 strategic plan. Among the $12 million in grants that will be awarded, funds for the cycle's first year were earmarked to pilot new programs or collaborations, expand successful initiatives by bringing them to scale, and sustaining efforts already generating positive results.
The organizations that were awarded funding will receive their grant monies beginning on July 1 and grant awards will be made on an annual basis, renewable for years two and three, dependent on fund availability and grantee performance.
Of the proposals receiving funds, 35% are from organizations that have not previously received funding from UWRI.
Of the $3,135,816 million being invested by the UWRI, $475,000 will support Rhode Islanders' access to safe and affordable housing, $977,828 will fund programs that promote healthy living and financial stability, and $1,682,988 will support educational initiatives that ensure children are prepared for success in the classroom, young adults are read for college and careers, and adults succeed in the workforce.
See The Organizations Receiving Funds in the Slideshow Below
United Way of RI
United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) has been working to improve the quality of life in Rhode Island for nearly 90 years.
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