2006-02-23 / News

Deadline April 3 for grant applications

The Jamestown Community Fund, established five years ago at the Rhode Island Foundation, is seeking applications for programs and projects developed by nonprofit organizations located in and working for the benefit of Jamestown.

Last year, the fund awarded grants totaling $3,825 to five nonprofit organizations, bringing the total allocated in four years to more than $16,000. Last year’s grant recipients and projects include: Conanicut Island Land Trust, $1,000, for planting supplies for the Jamestown Community Farm; Jamestown Community Band, $1,000, for the purchase of tympani drums; Jamestown Public Schools, $1,000, for a comprehensive after-school program for elementary and middle school students; Jamestown Philomenian Library, $500, for the Quononoquott Garden Club to create an entry garden to the Memorial Museum at the Jamestown Fire Department; and Town of Jamestown, $325, toward the salary of a part-time staff person for the Jamestown Affordable Housing Steering Committee.

An organization interested in being considered for funding from the permanent endowment should submit the two-page application form, a 500-word project description that answers the “who, what, why, where, when, and how much” for the project, and a copy of its 501(c)(3) determination letter.

Application forms and additional information are available in the “Receive” section of the foundation’s website, www.rifoundation.org, or by contacting Beverly Guay at the foundation, (401) 274-4564 or email bguay@rifoundation.org.

The application deadline is April 3 at noon; decisions will be announced by May 15th.

Jamestowners (and others) also can grow the fund. Prospective contributors may contact The Rhode Island Foundation’s Philanthropic Services Office at (401) 274-4564 for additional information.

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