The Champlin Foundations Distribute $18.5 Million in Grants TOTAL GIVING SINCE 1932 NOW TOTALS $535 MILLION

Keith H. Lang, Executive Director, announced today that the Distribution Committee of The Champlin Foundations
has approved and distributed grants totaling $18,533,450. This year 200 tax exempt organizations received grants,
primarily in Rhode Island. There were twenty-three (23) first time recipients who received $2,428,405 of the total
This year’s total brings Champlin grants in the eighty-three years since the first foundation was founded in 1932 to
nearly $535 million. Of that amount, $527 million has been distributed since the death of George S. Champlin in
1980. Virtually all communities in Rhode Island benefited from at least one Champlin grant. Over 900 non-profits
have received Champlin grants over the years. The Champlin Foundations make direct grants, the overwhelming
majority of which are for capital needs, to non-profit organizations.
While this press release and attached grants list provides general information about this year’s grants, we
welcome you to contact us with questions you might have about overall giving or individual awards. For more
details, we also encourage you to contact the grant recipients who are best positioned to describe how the funds
will benefit their organizations.
The following is a list of some of this year’s grant recipients in each funding category. A complete list of 2015 grant
recipients is attached.
Hospitals/Healthcare – $3,133,415
Blackstone Valley Community Health Care – $250,000 towards the construction of a new health care center in
Central Falls
Thundermist Health Center – $80,000 for medical equipment for the Woonsocket facility
Tri-Town Community Action – $125,000 in support of expansion of the community health center in Johnston
Wood River Health Services – $250,000 toward the renovation and expansion of the Hope Valley site
Rhode Island Blood Center – $225,000 for equipment to establish a Babesia (tick-borne disease) testing lab
Education – $2,779,910
The three institutions that comprise the Rhode Island State College system received grants totaling $1,328,730
University of Rhode Island – a total of $629,550 for a hot metal extruder; equipment to establish a microfabrication
learning facility; equipment to establish a Muscle Performance Laboratory; “SynDavers” as an alternative to cadavers
for human anatomy courses; and a Bioanalyzer for the Providence Biotechnology Center
Rhode Island College – $375,000 toward the renovation of the Introductory Biology Teaching Laboratory
Community College of Rhode Island – $324,180 to equip a Multidisciplinary Clinical Simulation Center at the
Flanagan Campus in Lincoln
Block Island School (48,340); Central Falls Senior High School ($100,000); Chariho Career & Technical Center
($100,000); Mount Pleasant High School ($100,000); Providence Career & Technical Academy (74,230); West
Warwick Senior High School ($38,395) – total of $460,605 – as part of the Champlin competitive grants program
for public schools
Social Services – $2,732,240
Amos House – $150,000 to furnish the new Community Center
Autism Project – $106,095 to update program rooms and the waiting area at their building in Johnston
Progreso Latino – $132,500 for renovations to expand the Senior Wellness Program at their Central Falls facility,
and a van
Ronald McDonald House – $750,000 towards the “Always Room at the House” capital campaign
Rhode Island Public Health Foundation – $117,830 for a truck trailer to be used as a mobile food market
Youth & Fitness – $2,705,615
Boys & Girls Club of Woonsocket – $207,545 for basketball court and playground renovations, a new parking lot
and camperships
Camperships – $485,000 distributed to 24 camps to provide financial aid so that youth in need of assistance might
attend camp last summer
Special Olympics Rhode Island – $32,135 for a cargo van
YMCA of Pawtucket – $350,000 to repair the Quidnick Dam at Camp Westwood in Coventry and camperships
Libraries – $2,641,965
Barrington Public Library – $400,000 toward the renovation of the second floor
Pawtucket Public Library – $235,000 to complete funding of the roof project
Providence Community Library – $457,000 for repairs to the roof, entryway and masonry of the Wanskuk Branch
Open Space, Conservation, Parks & Environment – $2,151,560
The Nature Conservancy – $280,000 for stewardship and public access enhancement projects
Rhode Island Community Foundation – $1,150,000 for restoration of the Bandstand and the Museum of Natural
History in Roger Williams Park
Rhode Island Zoological Society – $600,000 toward the construction of a new “Rainforest Building”
Cultural/Artistic – $1,434,270
AS220 – $225,000 for construction costs associated with converting an acquired building into a performing
arts venue
Greenwich Odeum – $343,795 for ADA compliant bathrooms
Stadium Theatre Foundation – $199,420 for bathroom renovations
Historic Preservation – $864,315
Rhode Island Historical Society – $70,630 tor Phase II renovations at Aldrich House in Providence
Preservation Society of Newport County – $250,000 toward renovations of the Elms Carriage House to be converted
into The Elms Scholar Center
Westerly Armory Restoration –$82,000 for installation of a new HVAC system in the drill hall
The Champlin Foundations make grant awards once a year in December with the exception of camperships which are
distributed in May. The application period for qualified tax-exempt organizations begins on March 1st and concludes
on April 30th
. For a copy of our guidelines, please visit our website at or write to us
at 2000 Chapel View Boulevard, Suite 350, Cranston, RI 02920 or call (401) 944-9200.

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