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8 Bristol Organizations Get FCA Awards

The Fund for Civic Activities gives out almost $12,500 in biannual grants.

8 Bristol Organizations Get FCA Awards 8 Bristol Organizations Get FCA Awards

Eight Bristol organizations received awards from the Fund for Civic Activities, it was announced on Monday, Jan. 12.

The FCA is part of the payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement between Roger Williams University and Bristol that was set up in 2007 to help offset the cost of emergency services provided by the town. 

FCA gave out $12,460 in grants in December, 2013 – the 10th cycle of biannual FCA awards. Here is the list of awards for this grant cycle:

  • $1,000 to  Friends of St. Elizabeth’s Church to support efforts to coordinate assistance to the needy in the areas of food, heating, medical, utilities, housing assistance, referrals and friendship to families, seniors and individuals in the Bristol community.
  • $760 to the  Community String Project to meet the organization’s mission of making music lessons accessible and affordable for all youths.
  • $1,000 to the  Bristol Elks Lodge to support the East Bay Cares program, which provides supplementary assistance to local food pantries and soup kitchens.
  •  $1,500 to the  Bristol Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force to fund this spring’s Pre-Prom Dinner, which educates prom attendees and their parents about the risks of underage drinking and other forms of substance abuse.
  •  $2,000 to the  Mosaico Community Development Corporation to be applied to the 2013/2014 Sense of Pride – Connecting Kids to Community program for fourth-grade students, which promote communityawareness and involvement using history, geography, architecture, environmental awareness, community service and personal stories to help students develop a relationship with their community.
  •  $1,900 to the  Friends of the Bristol Animal Shelter to be applied towards the total cost of epoxy flooring in all animal-related rooms, an eco-friendly solution that provides many benefits over sealed cement flooring.
  • $1,800 to  Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum in order to increase seed selection and improve the productivity of its vegetable garden, allowing for an increase in planting opportunities, growing methods, community resources and educational offerings.
  • $2,500 to the  Bristol Economic Development Commission to purchase a mobile film entertainment system that would be used for its Film Night in the Park series in parks across Bristol.
Selections were made by the 12-person Cooperative Committee, made up of individuals from the university and the town.

Applications for the next funding cycle are due by April 15, after which the Cooperative Committee will review proposals and award approximately $12,500 in grants.

For more information or to download an application, click here.

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