Rhode Island Foundation offers grants to R.I. Jewish groups


PROVIDENCE – Jewish community charitable organizations, synagogues and day schools serving the greater Providence area have until July 12 to apply for more than $40,000 in grants through the Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

“Taking on hunger and hatred and encouraging brotherhood and understanding are at the core of our tradition of civic leadership and tikkun olam,” said David N. Cicilline, the foundation’s president and CEO. “We are grateful to be able to offer this additional source of support for the important work our community does.”

The Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund awards grants to proposals that develop connections between the Jewish community and greater Rhode Island; deepen the understanding of Jewish life and culture through scholarship and historic preservation; or provide for basic needs such as food and housing.

In addition, Jewish charitable organizations that provide these services can apply for a grant to support capacity-building activities such as board development, strategic planning, nonprofit business development, fundraising or program evaluations.

Synagogues and religious day schools are eligible to apply only for project support, and their proposals must be non-sectarian in nature and designed to reach beyond their own constituents. Capital requests are not eligible for funding under this grant program.

Grants typically range from $5,000 to $10,000. Priority will be given to proposals that have clearly stated goals and objectives, measurable outcomes and a clear sustainability plan.

Organizations that received funding recently include the Jewish Alliance, to offer educational programs for audiences beyond the Jewish community; Jewish Children’s Homes of R.I., to provide summer camp scholarships and to encourage interfaith families to attend; and Jewish Collaborative Services, to buy kosher food for the Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry.
For more information about applying for a grant from the Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund, go to rifoundation.org.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Through civic leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the foundation aims to improve the lives of all Rhode Islanders.

Submitted by the Rhode Island Foundation