Champlin Foundation announces latest grants

Mon, 12/20/2021 - 7:15am

The Champlin Foundation announced its latest round of grant funding on December 6 with a total of $13.20 million in capital funding for 126 non-profit organizations, mainly in Rhode Island. (One grant went to Mystic, Conn.)
Among those grants were two for Block Island organizations. The Block Island Medical Center is receiving $400,000 towards its expansion project, and the Southeast Lighthouse Foundation will receive $110,450 for window renovation.
The foundation awards two rounds of grants each year. In June it announced $5.8 million in grants awarded to 77 organizations, although none were on Block Island.
“The Block Island Health Services Board is so grateful to The Champlin Foundation for investing in the longterm viability of health care for everyone in our community, year-round residents and visitors alike,” Board Chair Susan Stover told The Times. “This incredible gift illustrates Champlin’s commitment to Block Island by supporting the Medical Center’s critical role to provide primary and urgent care, as well as ancillary care such as physical therapy, behavioral health, dentistry, and overall wellness care.”

So far, the BIHS Capital Campaign has $6.4 million in pledges and hopes to start its renovation and expansion project in the spring of 2022. During construction, a temporary site will be used for clinical care.
The Southeast Lighthouse Foundation will use its latest Champlin Foundation grant to continue the renovations on the iconic lighthouse. In 2019 the tower was restored and more recently, in the summer of 2021, a portion of the interior of the lighthouse was opened as a museum with the help of a Champlin Foundation grant for the installation of HVAC systems. The museum occupies one of the “duplexes” that served as housing for the
lighthouse keepers and family.
Executive Director Lisa Nolan says: “This new grant from the Champlin Foundation will make it possible for us to continue the preservation of the National Historic Landmark Southeast Lighthouse. Windows on the east side of the duplex cottage that were left unrestored in the previous scope of work will now be fully restored and high quality mahogany storm windows will be fabricated for installation on all lighthouse windows to further protect the lighthouse from from the extremes of the marine climate.”
“We are very grateful to the Champlin Foundation for their ongoing support of the Southeast Lighthouse as we continue our efforts to preserve and protect this landmark structure for future generations to enjoy.”
The Champlin Foundation has awarded more than $610 million to fund capital projects for Rhode Island organizations since 1932. Awards are given in the areas of health, social services, education, youth services, welfare of animals, historic preservation, arts and culture, libraries and parks and conservation.

The window to apply for the June 2022 grants opened on Dec. 15, 2021 and will close on January 15.