The RI Foundation is awarding nearly $300,000 in grants for Census 2020 outreach to undercounted populations. AND they are still taking applications for at least another $125,000 with an information session scheduled for January 14th. (Application deadline January 31st.) The goal is to protect the roughly $3.8 billion a year that Rhode Island receives in federal funding for education, health care, housing and more based on Census data. Who is in so far?
Among the 26 organizations that received funding are the Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education (ARISE) in Providence, Progreso Latino in Central Falls and Meals on Wheels in Providence. The focus of the grant program is increasing Census response rates in communities that have been historically undercounted and are vulnerable to an undercount in 2020.
Applications for a second round of funding are already being taken. Rhode Island-based nonprofit organizations, municipal governments, public agencies like libraries or schools; houses of worship and community-based groups have until Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, to apply for at least $125,000 in funding.
An information session for organizations interested in applying for the second round of Census 2020 Outreach Grants program is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14. For information on workshop and the program — and to register for the information session (required) — go here.
Info session, 5:30pm to 7pm, Tuesday, January 14, Millrace Kitchen, 40 South Main Street, Woonsocket, (directions)