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University Awards $15K in Civic Grants to Community Organizations, Surpasses $100K

This cycle’s funding to assist 12 groups with community projects focused on social services, arts, education

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 $15,250 in grant funds to 12 nonprofits and local organizations this week.

The award concludes the seventh 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 $106,326 to support more than 70 projects and initiatives.

“From arts, education and environmental programs to those that support local families, at-risk children, military veterans and more, the FCA grants have helped to launch and to sustain a diverse array of nonprofit initiatives centered in Bristol,” said Peter Wilbur, the University’s associate vice president for university relations. “Our hope is that the long-term impact is tangible and reaches every corner of our wonderful host community.”

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 seventh cycle of grants includes:

  • $1,250 to the East Bay Food Pantry to support its Food4Kids program, which serves low-income children with healthy food and nutrition information.
     
  • $2,500 to the Rhode Island Veterans Home courtyard refurbishment project and an honorary celebration for veterans coordinated by Bristol’s Department of Parks and Recreation.
     
  • $800 to Friends of Rogers Free Library to create a children’s program called COOL Bugs (Caring Opponents of Litter Bugs) that will teach children about their local environment and how they can help to protect it.
     
  • $1,000 to the Rhythm Quest Percussion Program to purchase and repair musical instruments used by the nonprofit’s 11- to 18-year old music students.
     
  • $1,000 to Save Bristol Harbor for its Water Quality Monitoring Program, which collects, analyzes and shares data on quality of water in and around the harbor.
     
  • $1,250 to the Bristol County Elks Lodge for continued support of the East Bay Cares program, which provides supplementary assistance to local food pantries and soup kitchens.
     
  • $1,000 to the Mosaico Community Development Corporation for its in-school Mentoring Program, which serves at-risk students in the Bristol Warren School District.
     
  • $1,000 to the Bristol Senior Center to support its array of health and human services programs dedicated to serving elderly residents of Bristol.
     
  • $1,000 to the Herreshoff Marine Museum to expand its “traveling trunk” educational program by creating a 7th grade in-school curriculum that uses sailing to teach math and sciences.
     
  • $1,050 to the Mount Hope High School Sustainability Club to create a water bottle filling station at the school that will reduce dependency on plastic water bottles and minimize plastic bottle waste and its effect on the environment.
     
  • $900 to the Bristol Art Museum to support three editions of its lecture series, Art Talks, which is free, open to the public and intended to enrich the cultural life of the local community.
     
  • $2,500 to the American Institute of Architects student chapter at RWU, which will implement a Freedom by Design program to provide accessible and sustainable planters to underserved community members who could benefit from the fresh produce and the hobby of gardening.

For more information about the committee or the grant process, visit: http://www.rwu.edu/about/partnerships-initiatives/town-bristol-rwu-cooperative-committee.