Grants available to serve Portsmouth residents

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Nonprofit organizations that serve Portsmouth residents have until Feb. 15 to apply grants from the Rhode Island Foundation. The Foundation’s Newport County Fund (NCF) has nearly $270,000 in total to award.

“The fund focuses on serving the distinct needs of residents. Working with partners that have strong ties here gives us the resources and context to address local priorities,” said Adrian Bonéy, who oversees special programs for the Foundation.

The NCF offers grants of up to $10,000 to develop new programs, to strengthen or expand established programs and for municipal planning or leadership. Applicants should focus on significant problems or opportunities, strategic partnerships or collaborations, innovation and measuring results.

The NCF does not fund individuals or scholarships, medical research, debt reduction or fundraising. Grants may support faith-based organizations for secular programs or projects. These are annual grants; NCF does not make multi-year commitments.

Among the Portsmouth nonprofits that have won funding previous years are Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice for improving care for patients with conditions such as depression, dementia and chronic medical disorders; the Prudence Island School Foundation for secondary education and summer programming to teens in the island’s school, the Portsmouth United Methodist Church for its community vegetable garden and the Portsmouth Free Library for replacing broken or outdated laptop computers.

Over the years, the NCF has invested more than $4 million in funding programs and services for residents of Portsmouth, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport and Tiverton.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $38 million and awarded $43 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2017. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information, visit

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