2007-03-01 / About Town

Funds available for island non-profits

The Jamestown Community Fund, established six 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 $3,735 to five nonprofit organizations, bringing the total allocated in five years to nearly $20,000. Last year's grant recipients and projects include Jamestown Education Foundation, $1,000 for its Save the Bay Camp; Jamestown School Department, $1,000, for supplies for the Jamestown Schools after-school program; Town of Jamestown, $1,000, for scholarships the expressive arts camp for adolescents; Jamestown Community Chorus, $500, for the newly-established annual music award; and Jamestown Fire Department, $235, for the completion of a garden at the Jamestown Memorial Museum.

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) determination letter. Application forms and additional information are available in the Receive/Grant Opportunities section of the Foundation's website, www.rifoundation.org or by contacting Beverly Guay at the Foundation, (401) 274-4564 or bguay@ rifoundation.org. The application deadline is April 2, 2007 at 5 p.m.; decisions will be announced by May 18.

Jamestowners (and others) also can grow the fund. Prospective contributors may contact the Rhode Island Foundation's Gift Planning and Stewardship Department at (401) 274-4564 for additional information.

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