Bristol Female Charitable Society Fund supports East Bay projects

The Bristol Female Charitable Society Fund at The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded grants totaling $22,845 to seven nonprofit organizations.

Founded in 1811, the Bristol Female Charitable Society worked “to promote benevolence and charity, and especially to extend relief to the poor and indigent.”  In its earliest days, the Society provided goods such as firewood, corn meal, meat, sugar, tea, and flour to the neediest members of the community. To continue their community work in perpetuity, members established the Bristol Female Charitable Society Fund in 2003, a permanent endowment at The Rhode Island Foundation that provides grants to East Bay nonprofit organizations, with a preference for those providing services in Bristol.

In the past nine years, the Society has awarded 80 grants totaling $232,436. This year’s grantees are:

Bristol Good Neighbors, Inc., $3,900 for programs and general operating support;

East Bay Food Pantry, $3,900 to support the Access Nutrition Initiative to provide low-income East Bay residents with healthy food and nutrition information;

First Baptist Church of Bristol, $3,900 to support the Deacons’ Fund to assist disadvantaged Bristol residents with basic human needs;

First Congregational Church, $3,900 for the Pastor’s Emergency Discretionary Fund to provide grants to individuals for basic human needs;

 St. Michael’s Church, $3,900 to support the church’s Discretionary Fund for basic human needs;

Women’s Resource Center of Newport, $2,345 to provide domestic violence services to Bristol County residents; and

East Bay Coalition for the Homeless, $1,000 to support a transitional housing program for homeless families.

The Bristol Female Charitable Society Fund will seek applicants again in summer 2013.  Additional information is available in the nonprofits/grant opportunities section of The Rhode Island Foundation website, www.rifoundation.org.

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