Funded by the generous donations of Providence Rotarians and corporate sponsors of major club events, the Providence Rotary Charities Foundation supports the club's Childhood Literacy Initiative and awards grants each year to local area nonprofit organizations working in areas that align with the overall goals of Rotary International.

During the 2019-2020 Rotary Year, the Childhood Literacy Initiative provided teaching materials designed to help students at Providence's Harry Kizirian Elementary School who were not reading at grade level improve their proficiency. When the coronavirus pandemic forced all schools to close, the initiative responded with a delivery of books to the homes of over 200 Kindergarten and first grade students.

The foundation awarded $40,500 to the following community agencies:


134 Collaborative $2,000
A series of day long camps for low-income youth 7 to 12 designed to build life skills, encourage healthy decision making and community involvement.

Adoption RI $2,000
Support sibling connections, therapeutic art experiences and social events for waiting children and potential families.
Books Are Wings $2,500
Allow BAW to create lesson plans, develop parent training sessions and strengthen and diversify book acquisition.
Community Boating Center (CBC) $2,000
Our nationally acclaimed "Sailing Through Science" program helps youth embrace the allure of sailing to address a critical need for youth to aspire to higher levels of STEM focused academic achievement, environmental connection and career ambition. 
Community Preparatory School $1,000
Our SummerPrep program will be four weeks in July.  Community Prep is partnering with several public schools--inviting students to participate in our recreational and summer academic enrichment programs.
Everett: Company, Stage & School $2,000
Everett School offers free high quality after school performing art classes and training to underserved youth in the Greater Providence Area.
Family Service of RI (FSRI) $1,500
To purchase board books for the children and families in our Early Intervention program that helps families support the growth and development of children who have a developmental delay and who ae under the age of 3 years old.
FirstWorks $1,500
As a nimble, turn-around organization, we are supporting Rhode Island educators and students as they navigate distance learning for the first time through: First Works Virtual Learning Series, Professional Development for Teachers.
Friends of RI CASA, Inc. $1,000
To support the purchase of journals, activity books, coloring books, paper, crayons, markers, puzzles and other items for children represented by the RI Court Appointed Special Advocates program at the Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence.
Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England $2,000
To support  our Providence Community Outreach and Extended Learning (COEL) program so that girls from under-served neighborhoods are able to participate in program designed to build courage, confidence and character.
Inspiring Minds $2,500
For the continued efforts that support to the recruitment, screening, orientation and support of more than 500 volunteers who will provide academic and social supports to Providence's youngest learners and support of Rotarians to participate in the Rotary Reads program at Harry Kizirian Elementary School.
Camp JORI $1,000
Scholarship Program Supporting the Nutritional, Emotional, and Financial Needs of Distressed RI Families & Children.
New Urban Arts $2,000
For our innovative youth programs, Youth Mentorship in the Arts and the Summer Art Internships Program.
Providence Community Opportunity Corporation $2,000
Support Employment and Technology for Youth (ETY), a summer program serving up to 20 youth ages 16-24 from the City of Providence.
Providence Promise $1,000
Leverages monthly family contributions by facilitating a robust College Savings Incentive Program, which includes an initial enrollment grant of $100 to each child's account.
Read to Succeed $1,000
Help support the purchase of 2,700 books for 450 students for the 2020 summer program.
RISE Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education $2,500
Provide emergency supports for students in order to prevent barriers to full engagement in learning for children of incarcerated parents. Specifically, students receive much-needed school supplies, bus and lunch passes, uniforms, technology and books.
San Miguel School $1,000
Strengthening our STEM program, which provides students with the technology needed to best learn, and most importantly during this uncertain time, technology that allows them to best learn from the safety of their homes.
Sojourner House $2,000
Provide the Project RESPECT experience, either in-person or virtually, to a group of young leaders in 2020.
Sophia Academy $1,000
Because our students all come from low income families, we are also using technology tools to stay connected to parents and guardians, provide one-on-one and group support to students and their caregivers, and connect our families to support services and other assistance they may need.
Southside Elementary Charter School $1,500
Provide printed class sets of on-and below level science literacy readers, interactive digital readers with animation, and age-appropriate phenomenon videos with materials for hands-on kits encompass this engaging and inquiry-based approach to developing STEM for all
Special Olympics of Rhode Island $2,000
Providing athletic opportunities in August and for the remainder of 2020!
St. Mary's Home for Children $2,500
Support SMHCF's Multicultural Library, a new endeavor to provide multicultural literature books to our children and youth in our day and residential school program.
Stages of Freedom $1,000
Create and launch an interactive website which will connect children to each other, the world,  exciting educational and cultural sites and provide them and their families essential information and resources to deal with the virus.

To apply for a grant, please see Guidelines here.