Champlin Foundation awards $670K in grants to Cranston-based groups


Approximately $670,000 in grant funding has been awarded to multiple Cranston-based organizations as part of the most recent round of awards from The Champlin Foundation.

Across the state, the foundation has approved approximately 200 grants for a total of $18 million.

“We are proud to support community-based and frontline nonprofit organizations in Cranston and across Rhode Island. Our state is stronger because of its tight-knit, determined, and passionate community of charities and service providers. This year is particularly exciting because we’re able to award grants to 31 first-time recipients,” said Nina Stack, the foundation’s executive director, said in a statement.

“Since 1931, the Champlin Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to support capital projects at Rhode Island nonprofit organizations. Over that time, we’ve helped advance youth development, care for the elderly and sick, preservation of cherished buildings, protection of parkland and open space, and improved access to health care and social services.”

The Cranston grants are as follows:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island, $19,682 for information technology infrastructure upgrades

Comprehensive Community Action Program, $118,000 for roof replacement

Cranston’s League for Cranston’s Future, $176,830 for interior building improvements to its main facility

Cranston Public Library Association, $26,000 for chair replacement

Gateways to Change Inc., $39,750 for parking lot resurfacing

Heart of Rhode Island Animal Rescue League, $32,545 for a fencing and kennel project

Hope Alzheimer’s Center, $9,872 for flooring, window shades and outdoor furniture

Rhode Island Bar Foundation, $25,000 for the Thomas F. Black Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

Rhode Island Masonic Youth Foundation, $46,450 for a tractor and pool filtration system

Salvation Army of Rhode Island, $60,000 for generators at its Newport, Pawtucket and Providence locations

Scandinavian Home, $91,048 for the modernization of the north elevator at the Rehabilitation & Skill Nursing Facility

TechAccess of Rhode Island, $14,275 for restroom upgrades and door modifications.

Additionally, the foundation has announced that it will move to an online application process for the coming year.

The application period is scheduled to open on March 1 and close on April 30.

More information is scheduled to be available on the foundation’s website in early January.

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