- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded more than $200,000 to 33 nonprofit organizations that serve Newport County.

The philanthropic organization says the grants are made available through its Newport County Fund. The fund offered grants of up to $10,000 each in areas such as arts and culture and the environment.

Baby Steps of Newport received $10,000 to support its educational programs for families with infants and toddlers. Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties received $5,000 to train staff on working with patients with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

The Foundation says an advisory committee made up of Newport County residents determined how to allocate the funding.

The fund has awarded more than $2.8 million in grants for programs in Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth and Tiverton since 2002.

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