Twenty-eight local nonprofits have been awarded a total of $117,000 in grants by Bank Rhode Island (BankRI) to aid their work on behalf of Rhode Islanders and to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding supports programs focusing on basic needs of food, housing, medical care and education, efforts that serve at-risk populations, and the arts. Grants range from $2,000 to $10,000.

“We are living through an unprecedented crisis that has created tremendous need across our communities and for tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders,” said Mark J. Meiklejohn, President and CEO of BankRI. “Our nonprofit partners – each doing important work to help our neighbors – are facing challenges like never before. All of us at BankRI are grateful for their efforts and for our ability to support their missions.”

Capital Good Fund and Clinica Esperanza are among the organizations awarded grants. Funding to Capital Good Fund helps its Crisis Relief Loan program to reach an additional 100 families and provide funds for expenses like rent, utilities, and food. For Clinica Esperanza, the grant supports a COVID-19 testing site.

“The current global health crisis has hit our most vulnerable population the hardest,” said Morgan Leonard, Clinic Coordinator, Clinica Esperanza. “Funding from BankRI was integral in enabling us to establish our testing site and in advancing our commitment to providing this population high-quality, culturally attuned care at a time it’s needed more than ever.”

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Other nonprofits to receive funding include Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation for meal delivery to immunocompromised patients undergoing cancer treatment; RI Community Food Bank for food acquisition; Read to Succeed to support a summer reading college scholarship program; and FirstWorks to launch a new digital learning model to bring the arts to students in 13 school districts through the academic year and summer. 

“This grant represents both a commitment to low-income children in our state and a critical investment in ensuring urgently needed access to the arts through technology,” said Kathleen Pletcher, Executive Artistic Director for FirstWorks. “BankRI has played a special role in our growth from the beginning and has been instrumental in our ability to offer students and teachers at over 40 schools virtual learning during this crisis.”

A full list of grantees is as follows:

Adoption Rhode IslandAldersbridge CommunitiesAS220Back to School Celebration of R.I.
Breakthrough ProvidenceButton HoleCapital Good FundChildren’s Friend
Clinica Esperanza/                         Hope ClinicCollege VisionsCommunity College of Rhode IslandConnecting for Children & Families
Crossroads Rhode IslandDorcas International Institute of Rhode IslandFarm Fresh Rhode IslandFirstWorks
Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource FoundationInspiring MindsJohn E. Fogarty FoundationLifespan COVID-19 Employee Assistance Fund
Providence Preservation SocietyRead to SucceedRhode Island  Community Food BankRIVMA Companion Animal Foundation
Sophia AcademySojourner HouseThe Wolf SchoolUnited Way of          Rhode Island

About Bank Rhode Island

Bank Rhode Island, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKL), is a full-service, FDIC-insured financial institution headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.  The bank operates 20 branches and more than 40 ATMs throughout Providence, Kent, Newport and Washington Counties. For more information, visit www.bankri.com. You can also find BankRI on Facebook.

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