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University Awards $13K in Civic Grants to Community Organizations in Bristol

Funding to assist eight groups with community projects focused on social services, arts, education, environment and more

BRISTOL, R.I. – As part of the Fund for Civic Activities established in 2007 when Roger Williams University and the Town of Bristol agreed to a 20-year PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) accord, the Town of Bristol / Roger Williams University Cooperative Committee awarded $12,900 in grant funds to eight nonprofits and local organizations this month.

The award concludes the ninth cycle of biannual FCA awards, which were created to enhance the civic experience of Bristol residents, extend RWU’s commitment to active community engagement and provide support to local organizations. The University pledged $25,000 annually in FCA grants and to date has distributed $132,976 to support nearly 90 projects and initiatives.

The FCA is part of the $42 million, 20-year PILOT agreement established in 2007, under which the University makes an annual voluntary payment of $150,000 to help offset the cost of emergency services provided by the town. Selections are made by the 12-person Cooperative Committee, which comprises individuals from both the Town and the University. The complete list of awards for this ninth cycle of grants includes:

•   $1,000 to the Bristol Good Neighbors Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Day Shelter to expand its Food4Kids Program, which this summer will provide backpacks of nutritious food for local children and families in need.

•   $2,400 to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island to fund the redesign of its aquarium tank exhibit, which will increase public awareness, education and involvement in local and regional marine conservation efforts.

•   $2,000 to ART NIGHT Bristol & Warren to support the program’s expansion to include performing arts as a complement to its visual arts offerings.

•   $2,000 to the Herreshoff Marine Museum to provide funds for student field trips to the museum, curriculum enhancement, need-based tuition scholarships, museum educator visits to schools and more.

•   $1,000 to the 2nd Story Theatre to assist in funding the production of “The Exonerated,” which will be staged at the Bristol Statehouse this month.

•   $1,000 to Bristol Blooming Baskets to help launch a project designed to beautify Bristol by hanging flower baskets along Hope Street and in the downtown retail district.

•   $1,500 to the East Bay Food Pantry to purchase food for the Food4Kids program, which this summer will provide backpacks of nutritious food for local children and families in need.

•   $2,000 to the Mosaico Community Development Corporation to support the educational enrichment of at-risk middle school students through a mentoring program in the Bristol Warren School District.

Applications for the next funding cycle are due by October 15, after which the Cooperative Committee will review proposals and award approximately $12,500 in grants.

For more information or to download an application, visit: www.rwu.edu/about/partnerships-initiatives/town-bristol-rwu-cooperative-committee.