- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Foundation is looking for a few geniuses - or at least some people with innovative ideas to help the Ocean state.

Friday is the deadline to apply for the Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship, sometimes called the state’s genius grant. It’s now in its fourth year.

The program gives 3-year grants of $300,000 to two recipients who have bold ideas for improving life in Rhode Island.

The fellowships are awarded in partnership with philanthropists Letitia and John Carter.

Past recipients have included projects to create online stores and one to support startups.

The application asks people to summarize their ideas in 150 words or fewer. Winners are expected to be announced in April.

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