PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: January 21, 2021

RIHEBC Awards $480,000 in COVID Assistance Grants to 51 Local Health, Education, and Community Service Organizations

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation (RIHEBC) has announced the awarding of $483,054 in grants to 51 local health, education, and community service organizations to help pay for COVID-related expenses that were unforeseen prior to the pandemic.

“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented stresses on Rhode Island’s not-for-profit health, education, and community service organizations,” said Kim Mooers, Executive Director of RIHEBC. “That’s why in November our board created the What’s Important Now (WIN) Grant program to assist these institutions with their most pressing COVID-related expenses. Today, we are pleased to announce the awarding of $480,000 in WIN program grants to 51 organizations across Rhode Island. From paying for personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies, to air purifiers, to laptops for students and distance learning tools for teachers, these grants will help these organizations fulfill their missions and continue to serve Rhode Islanders.”

“Every penny of this WIN grant will be used to keep our staff and clients safe during this pandemic,” said Thrive Behavioral Health CEO Dan Kubas-Meyer. “We are tremendously grateful for RIHEBC’s support, which will allow us to continue to improve the quality of life of Rhode Islanders, even during this challenging pandemic.”

“To continue to fulfill our mission during COVID, we have been using copious amounts of personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies, and this WIN grant will help tremendously in offsetting these costs,” said Judith Sullivan, President and CEO of the J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center, which serves individuals with disabilities.

“To ensure the safety of our students, staff, and faculty modifications to the learning environment created unanticipated costs, including those related to building out isolation rooms,” said Dr. Cheryl McWilliams, Superintendent of Pawtucket Public Schools. “The RIHEBC WIN grant will help us pay for the reconfiguration of isolation rooms at two of our schools to meet the recommendations of RIDOH. We are grateful for RIHEBC’s support during these challenging times.”

Click here for the full list of 51 RIHEBC WIN Grant recipients.

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About RIHEBCThe R.I. Health and Educational Building Corporation for the past 50 years has provided financing for non-profit health and educational institutions in the state as well as municipalities for school projects. It has issued over $7 billion in tax exempt bonds and is the largest financing agency of the state.