Champlin Foundation awards grants to two island institutions

Sun, 12/15/2019 - 9:30am

The Champlin Foundation has approved more than $120,000 for two island organizations: the Block Island Historical Society and the Island Free Library.

The Block Island Historical Society was awarded $43,241, and the Island Free Library was awarded $79,000. Both grants are for the replacement and repair of windows in each building.

“The Champlin Foundation has been a great friend to Block Island’s historic buildings. They have supported past phases of our museum restoration, funding the replacement of rotted sills, as well as the restoration of the north ell,” said Historical Society Director Pamela Gasner. “The ell wing room has allowed for more public access. The windows on the west elevation were funded by a previous Champlin Foundation grant and helped launch the West Gallery restoration project completed this year by McLaughlin Housewrights. Custom storm windows will be included in this newest phase of work as well as much-needed repair to the third floor windows and trim on the main building. The Board and members of the Society are very appreciative of their continued support.“

“It’s a great number,” said Library Director Kristin Baumann of the grant amount. “It’s excellent. All the windows will get done and that’s great news.” The windows have been leaking when it rains, said Baumann. The funds have arrived and she said the replacement project will begin in the winter or early spring.

“We are proud to support community-based and frontline nonprofit organizations on Block Island and across Rhode Island. Our state is stronger because of its tight-knit, determined, and passionate community of charities and service providers. This year is particularly exciting because we’re able to award grants to 31 first-time recipients,” said Nina Stack, executive director of the Champlin Foundation. “Since 1932, the Champlin Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to support capital projects at Rhode Island nonprofit organizations. Over that time, we’ve helped advance youth development, care for the elderly and sick, preservation of cherished buildings, protection of parkland and open space, and improved access to health care and social services.”

Beginning next year, the Foundation will move to an on-line application process, according to a press release. The application period will open on March 1 and close April 30 and information will be available on the Foundation’s website in early January.