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 $13,750 in grant funds to 11 nonprofits and local organizations this month.
The award concludes the eighth 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 $120,076 to support more than 80 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 eighth cycle of grants includes:
· $2,000 to Magaziner Community Farm, one of six Rhode Island Community Food Bank community farms, to support an increase in the farm’s capacity to provide fresh produce to families in need.
· $1,000 to the Guiteras Elementary School performing arts committee to support a yearlong arts education project that will culminate in a performance of Willy Wonka, Jr. at the school in April 2013.
· $1,500 to the Bristol Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition to support the annual pre-prom dinner event, which educates prom attendees and their parents about the risks of underage drinking and other forms of substance abuse.
· $1,000 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.
· $2,000 to the Mosaico Community Development Corp. to fund the Sense of Pride – Connecting Kids to Community program, a learning project that promotes community awareness and involvement at the fourth grade level.
· $750 to the Front Line Ministry for Freedom to cover costs related to the shipping of care packages to local soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
· $1,000 to the Bristol Warren Education Foundation to facilitate Science Night events with Pow! Science in each of the district’s elementary schools; the events will serve as kick-offs to an ultimate goal of a district-wide science fair in the spring.
· $2,000 to Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum to support the Blithewold vegetable garden and allow for an increase in planting opportunities, growing methods, community resources and educational offerings.
· $1,000 to the Community String Project, which provides subsidized musical instruction to make lessons on the violin, viola and cello accessible and affordable to youth and adults alike.
· $1,000 to the Bristol Good Neighbors to support the purchase of food and gift cards offered to local families in need.
· $500 to Mount Hope Farm to assist with capacity building and project planning as the organization pursues opportunities related to historic preservation, community engagement and sustainability.
Applications for the next funding cycle are due by April 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.