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Rhode Island Foundation to award grants to innovators

December 17, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Foundation is offering $600,000 in grants to people with bold ideas for moving the state forward.

It’s the seventh year of the fellowship program, sometimes called Rhode Island’s genius grant.

Tuesday is the application deadline.

The foundation has made some changes. It’s offering three fellowships of up to $200,000 over a four-year period instead of two fellowships of up to $300,000 over three years.

The fellowships will now be called Carter Fellowships for Entrepreneurial Innovation, rather than Rhode Island Innovation Fellowships.

They’ve been funded by philanthropists Letitia and John Carter. John Carter died in October.

Applicants don’t need to live in Rhode Island, but must commit to living in Rhode Island during the term of the fellowship if they win.

The recipients will be announced in April.

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