R.I. – The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island (WFRI) is excited to announce a total
of $50,000 in grant funding to five organizations for their innovative
proposals to advance gender equity and help level the playing field for women
and girls in Rhode Island.
uses social change grantmaking to advance gender equity and social justice,
focus on systemic solutions and address the unique needs of women and
girls. Since its launch in 2001, the
WFRI Grant Program has awarded more than $700,000 to organizations and programs
in Rhode Island that empower women and girls.
This year’s grants were made possible through the generosity of donors
of the WFRI.
grant cycle, perspective grantees were asked to focus their proposals on
addressing one or more of WFRI’s 2019 advocacy priorities, including
disparities for Women of Color, and more generally, economic justice and access
to reproductive health and freedom.
According to WFRI’s report “Women of Color
2018: A Snapshot”, wages of women of color are disproportionate to the overall
gender wage gap. Women of color also spend more of their income on housing and
have higher poverty rates than their White counterparts. Copies of the report
can be accessed at www.wfri.org/research.
“With Black and Latina women making lower
wages than white women, addressing the issue of income equality is critical to
ending poverty. Ten thousand dollars can go a long way in closing the skills
and leadership gap among women of color, and that’s why this grant is so
important,” said Lisa Ranglin, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Black
Business Association (RIBBA). RIBBA received funds for their Emerging
Professionals Program in this grant cycle.
recipients and awarded programs are:
1. Building Futures- “Women in the Trades” leadership program to grow the percentage
of women in the building and construction trade, promote stories of women
succeeding in the trades and identifying/addressing structural barriers to
women’s success in the trades.
2. Girls Rock- “Changing Our Tune Project” to decrease the incidence of gender
based violence within the music and creative community and provide resources to
survivors and community members. The project will train owners and staff of
local music venues, as well as bookers/promoters, musicians, artists and
audience members in sexual harassment and violence prevention. Includes
creating resources to support the work.
3. RI Black Business Association- “Emerging Professionals Program”
designed to create a leadership pipeline of women of color (the most
underrepresented and socioeconomically disadvantaged group in RI). This is the
first program proposed to specifically offer a solution the “double jeopardy”
hypothesis which renders Black women “invisible” when being considered for
hiring or promotion.
4. Sista Fire- addressing the maternal health crisis that Black women, women of
color and their children face within RI. Funds will allow SistaFire to provide
leadership development training with a focus on maternal health and related
systemic inequities, and engage members in participatory resource to deepen the
understanding of women of color’s experience in pregnancy and birth. Funding
will also help to create “Perinatal Safe Spots” in RI.
5. Planned Parenthood- Funding would provide support for the RI Coalition for
Reproductive Freedom to protect and advance access to reproductive health care
through advocacy and legislative action. The goal is to build an inclusive,
intersectional reproductive justice movement that recognizes how race, gender,
poverty, and citizenship status impact society’s marginalized communities.
grant process was very competitive. 26 non-profit organizations submitted
proposals for a combined request of $211,000 in funding,” said Christina
Castle, WFRI Board Member and Chair of the Grant Review Team. “Each proposal was subject to a rigorous
review by a team of community volunteers with training in gender-lens giving. These
programs clearly rose to the top.”
About the Women’s
Fund of Rhode Island
The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island is a non-profit organization
located in Providence, Rhode Island. The
mission of the WFRI is to invest in women and girls in our community through
research, advocacy, grant making and strategic partnerships designed to advance
gender equity through systemic change.
For more information, visit www.wfri.org.