Rhode Island Foundation Awards Grant for Weaver Library Activites
The Weaver Public Library won an $8,944 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to promote its Farmers' Market on Thursday afternoons. The plan includes installing informational banners at popular, community locations; staging cooking demonstrations using food purchased at the market, providing picnic tables and seating at the market, and adding a foam block-based play system at the market to give children a place to play when their families come to shop.
“How does the farmers market benefit the community? Let me count the ways," said Assistant Library Director Joyce May. "Since we began the market six years ago, we have sought to create a vibrant, healthy, fun and free outdoor space on market afternoons. To achieve this while supporting local farmers, food producers and families, is a win for the library and the city of East Providence."
The library competed with more than 100 organizations for the funding from the Foundation’s competitive Community Foundation program. The maximum grant was $10,000. Most of the work is expected to be underway before the end of the year.
“Our grants will create places to gather, make friendships and launch new collaborations that will build community connections everywhere,” said Jessica David, the Foundation’s executive vice president of strategy and community investments.
“We’re excited about these ideas for making community happen in more and better ways at the local level. Supporting community-building will improve shared places and quality of life, promote collaboration and increase community engagement,” she said.
The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $114 million and awarded $52 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2018.
Through leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information, visit rifoundation.org.