Jamestown community fund awards grants to several island groups
Jamestown youth are in camp this summer thanks to two of the six awards made recently by the Jamestown Community Fund. The fund, established in 2001 at The Rhode Island Foundation, awarded a total of $4,248 to benefit th e is land's in habitants through projects proposed by six non-profit or ganizations.
The Jamestown Community Fund is a field of interest fund that stands at approximately $90,000, and already has distributed more than $28,000 in its seven years of existence.
The fund was established at The Rhode Island Foundation by Jamestown residents Joseph and Nancy Logan who wished "to support the community in any way we could," but chose not to attach their names to the fund, so that others "who also appreciate the Jamestown community may contribute to the permanent endowment."
The 2008 grant recipients and their projects are:
Conanicut Grange #21 received $1,200 to support curriculum improvements to the agriculture program at Jamestown schools for students in kindergarten through grade 8. Farmers will visit classrooms and students will enjoy trips to the nine farms in Jamestown to learn about several aspects of agriculture including milk production, breeding, crop production, and life on working farms.
The Jamestown Historical Society was given $150 to support the digitization of a 1976 slide set that depicts past and present views of the island of Conanicut including its buildings and land features.
Quononoquott Garden Club received $798 to support landscaping of the renovated and enlarged Jamestown Town Hall.
Jamestown Education Foundation was awarded $600 toward the cost of hiring naturalist counselors from Save the Bay to work with children exploring Jamestown beaches and shore while learning about the island ecosystem in its Save the Bay Summer Camp.
Meals on Wheels received $750 to provide support to the Meals on Wheels program currently benefiting 15 se nior ci tizens in Jamestown. In addition to delivering balanced meals, Meals on Wheels staff also offer companionship to home-bound seniors and can monitor the physical and mental health of their clients.
Friends of the Jamestown Library received $750, to support a summer arts camp for middle school children who show talents and interest in arts and history.
Persons interested in supporting the fund should contact The Rhode Island Foundation's Gift Planning & Stewardship department at 274-4564 for additional information.
The Jamestown Community Fund will seek applicants again next spring. Other funding opportunities currently available through The Rhode Island Foundation are detailed at the Receive/ Grant Opportunities section of the Foundation's website, www. rifoundation.org.