Boys & Girls Clubs, Food Pantries, Historic Houses, Hospitals, Libraries, Parks, Schools, Theatres, and many others receive support

Cranston, RI – December 7, 2018 – The Champlin Foundation announced today that over the course of 2018 it has awarded 189 grants, totaling $22 million to 160 area non-profit institutions.  The funding will serve communities across Rhode Island.  From support of paddle boards at a community boating center to the purchase of state-of-the-art imaging equipment to improve medical diagnosis, grants this year ranged from $1,000 to over $4 million.  Organizations working in animal welfare, arts and culture, education, historic preservation, healthcare, education, social and youth services, as well as libraries and preserving open space received support. 

“The Champlin Foundation is pleased to provide capital funding and other financial support to a broad range of organizations that do so much for the people of Rhode Island.  Funding for much-needed infrastructure and equipment will strengthen many vital charities across the state, helping each achieve more … all in service of Rhode Island,” said Nina Stack, Executive Director. “The work of our state’s nonprofits is essential and their needs are great.  This year the foundation received nearly 400 applications in total, requesting over $36 million.”

2018 was a unique year for The Champlin Foundation. In addition to welcoming its new Executive Director Nina Stack, following the retirement of its longtime leader Keith Lang, an unusual bequest to the foundation directed and enabled four substantial grants to longtime Champlin grantees.   Through the Estate of Eleanor F. Barlow, special one-time gifts were made to:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket  
  • Camp Ramsbottom   
  • URI – School of Nursing
  • Westerly Land Trust 

According to Stack, “With the Barlow bequest our Distribution Committee lifted the foundation’s total grant awards this year to about $4 million more than its more typical level of giving.” 

Including “camperships” that enable economically disadvantaged children to attend summer camp and the bequest grants, Champlin Foundation funding for 2018 is spread across the following areas:

Animal Welfare                      $     96,850                 

Arts & Culture                        $1,178,925                 

Conservation & Parks           $1,873,000                 

Education                                $3,872,460                 

Healthcare                              $2,307,125     

Historic Preservation           $   972,145

Libraries                                 $2,320,955

Social Services                       $1,680,555

Youth Services                       $7,823,135

This year’s awardees include 14 first time recipients that collectively received $338,385 in Champlin Foundation funding.

Since its founding it 1932, the Foundation has awarded nearly $600 million to fund capital projects in Rhode Island to foster better medical care, improve education, expand access to social services, conserve open spaces, preserve historic buildings, enrich the arts and advance animal welfare.

More information about Champlin Foundation grants including the application process, which remains the same for 2019 as in past years, is available at the Champlin Foundation’s website,


See below for a complete list of 2018 grants.