Community groups benefit from Roger Williams grants

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Six civic and community groups in Bristol will benefit from more than $12,000 in grants from Roger Williams University, a regular program designed to assist six groups with community projects focused on social services, arts, education and more. 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 $12,465 in grant funds to six nonprofits and local organizations in July. The awards conclude the 11th cycle of biannual FCA awards, which were created to enhance the civic experience of Bristol residents, extend the university's commitment to active community engagement and provide support to local organizations. Roger Williams pledged $25,000 a year in FCA grants and to date has distributed $157,901 to support nearly 100 projects and initiatives, the school announced in a release. The FCA is part of the 20-year PILOT agreement established in 2007. 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 grant cycle includes: •  $1,500 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. •  $2,500 to the Bristol Elks Lodge to support the East Bay Cares program, which provides supplementary assistance to local food pantries and soup kitchens. •  $2,350 to Bristol Blooms to help launch a project designed to beautify Bristol by hanging flower baskets along Hope Street and in the downtown retail district. •  $1,850 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 Friends of the Bristol Animal Shelter to be applied towards the total cost of 10 tables and 100 chairs for the Human Education Center. • $2,265 to the BristolWarren Child Opportunity Zone to support new programming for the Kickermuit Middle School. Community organizations are encouraged to apply for grants. Applications for the next funding cycle are due by Oct. 15, after which the Cooperative Committee will review proposals and award about $12,500 in grants.

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

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