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:
- Adoption Rhode Island
- Amos House
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island
- Blackstone River Theatre
- Blackstone Valley Boys & Girls Club
- Boys & Girls Club of East Providence
- Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket
- Boys & Girls Club of Newport County
- Boys & Girls Club of Providence
- Children’s Friend and Service
- Common Fence Point Improvement Association
- Community Boating Center, Inc.
- Community Care Alliance
- Comprehensive Community Action, Inc.
- Contemporary Theater Company
- Crossroads Rhode Island
- Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
- East Bay Community Action Program
- Everett Performance Art Theater
- Family Service of Rhode Island, Inc.
- Federal Hill House Association
- Foster Forward
- Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England
- Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale
- Jonnycake Center of Westerly
- Lucy’s Hearth
- Meals on Wheels of RI, Inc.
- Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America
- New Urban Arts
- Newport County YMCA
- Newport Mental Health
- OASIS International
- Ocean Community YMCA
- Greenwich Odeum Corporation
- PACE Organization of Rhode Island
- Pawtucket Soup Kitchen
- Phoenix Houses of New England, Inc.
- The Preservation Society
- Progreso Latino, Inc.
- Providence Children’s Museum
- Rhode Island Blood Center
- Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.
- Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School
- Rhode Island Watercolor Society
- Rhode Island Zoological Society
- RISD Museum
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of New England
- The Salvation Army
- Smithfield YMCA
- Sojourner House
- South County Art Association
- South County Museum, Inc.
- Special Olympics Rhode Island, Inc.
- The Steel Yard
- St. Mary’s Home for Children
- Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum
- Trinity Repertory Company
- WaterFire Providence
- Westerly Area Rest Meals (WARM) Center, Inc.
- YMCA of Greater Providence
- YWCA Rhode Island