May 7, 2020

By Providence Journal Staff

CRANSTON – The Champlin Foundation on Thursday awarded emergency COVID-19 grants to 63 organizations in Rhode Island.

The liquidity grants include gifts to support arts organizations like Trinity Rep, attractions like the Roger Williams Park Zoo, and childcare and after-school providers that have been forced to close like the Boys and Girls Clubs, The Champlin Foundation said in a press release.

The grants also support direct service organizations like the Jonnycake Center of Westerly and Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island.

Champlin Foundation Executive Director Nina Stack said, “The COVID crisis has created a great deal of uncertainty among the state’s nonprofit community. Organizations that rely on earned revenue are struggling to keep staff on payroll and those on the front-lines of the state’s public health and economic response are stretched thin.”

Champlin says it’s response to COVID-19 has now topped $2.6 million, including $1.6 million in new grants and $1 million in eased restrictions on previously awarded capital grants.

“The Champlin Foundation’s support, generosity and leadership provide a bright spot in this uncertain time,” said Trinity Rep’s managing director Tom Parrish. “As a non-profit organization that is reliant on earned income like ticket sales and tuition, Trinity Rep has been deeply impacted by the health crisis, already losing $1 million in ticket and earned revenue.”

“Thanks to The Champlin Foundation and many others,” he said, “when the time comes for the stage lights to turn on again, we will be there ready to remind everyone what this current sacrifice was for and work to knit the community and local economy back together.”

Lee Eastbourne, executive director of the Jonnycake Center of Westerly, said The Champlin Foundation grant “allows the center to ensure that the basic needs of our neighbors will continue to be met even as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Champlin is also providing $13,000 for 150 homeless shelters to buy 300 thermal scan thermometers to screen staff and guests to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Here’s a list of organizations receiving the grants:

  1. Adoption Rhode Island
  2. Amos House
  3. AS220
  4. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island
  5. Blackstone River Theatre
  6. Blackstone Valley Boys & Girls Club
  7. Boys & Girls Club of East Providence
  8. Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket
  9. Boys & Girls Club of Newport County
  10. Boys & Girls Club of Providence
  11. Children’s Friend and Service
  12. Common Fence Point Improvement Association
  13. Community Boating Center, Inc.
  14. Community Care Alliance
  15. Comprehensive Community Action, Inc.
  16. Contemporary Theater Company
  17. Crossroads Rhode Island
  18. Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
  19. East Bay Community Action Program
  20. Everett Performance Art Theater
  21. Family Service of Rhode Island, Inc.
  22. Federal Hill House Association
  23. Flickers
  24. Foster Forward
  25. Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England
  26. Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale
  27. Jonnycake Center of Westerly
  28. Lucy’s Hearth
  29. Meals on Wheels of RI, Inc.
  30. Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America
  31. New Urban Arts
  32. Newport County YMCA
  33. Newport Mental Health
  34. OASIS International
  35. Ocean Community YMCA
  36. Greenwich Odeum Corporation
  37. PACE Organization of Rhode Island
  38. Pawtucket Soup Kitchen
  39. Phoenix Houses of New England, Inc.
  40. The Preservation Society
  41. Progreso Latino, Inc.
  42. Providence Children’s Museum
  43. Rhode Island Blood Center
  44. Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.
  45. Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School
  46. Rhode Island Watercolor Society
  47. Rhode Island Zoological Society
  48. RISD Museum
  49. Ronald McDonald House Charities of New England
  50. The Salvation Army
  51. Smithfield YMCA
  52. Sojourner House
  53. South County Art Association
  54. South County Museum, Inc.
  55. Special Olympics Rhode Island, Inc.
  56. The Steel Yard
  57. St. Mary’s Home for Children
  58. Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum
  59. Trinity Repertory Company
  60. WaterFire Providence
  61. Westerly Area Rest Meals (WARM) Center, Inc.
  62. YMCA of Greater Providence
  63. YWCA Rhode Island