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 $24,000 to the following sixteen (16) community agencies on
September 28, 2021:

134 Collaborative
To support the Out of School Jam program

Camp JORI
To support scholarship assistance to provide scholarship support to some of our neediest families

Camp Ruggles
To support 25 partial camperships benefiting Providence/Greater Providence/Providence
County children

Community Boating Center
To fund ten (10) middle-school students for full-day, week-long sailing camps during the summer

Everett: Company, Stage & School
To support the free high-quality after school performing arts classes and training to
underserved youth in the Greater Providence area

FirstWorks
To support the Lifting Providence Students Through the Arts

Friends of Rhode Island CASA, Inc.
To support Connecting CASA Kids program

Inspiring Minds
To support in-school tutoring and mentoring programs for Providence's elementary students
 
Katie Brown Educational Program
To support Relationship Violence Prevention Education in the Providence Public Schools

New Urban Arts
To support their innovative youth programs: Youth Mentorship in the Arts and the Summer Art Internships

Providence Promise
To support Providence Promise's Family Engagement & Early Scholarships

RISE- Rhode Islanders Supporting Education
To support RISE Emergency Needs Fund

San Miguel School
To support the purchase of 20 new basketball athletic uniforms for the 2021-2022 academic
year

Sojourner House
To support Camp Eureka, the free week-long summer camp for children, ages 5-13, who
have witnessed violence in their homes

Stages of Freedom
To support Literacy and Swimming for Providence Black Youth program

The Manton Avenue Project
To support Afterschool Playwriting programs for young people in Olneyville
 
 
The Foundation awarded $40,500 to the following twenty-four (24) community agencies on
November 2, 2020:

 
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 SMHFC'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.
 
 

To apply for a grant, please see Guidelines here.