Hundreds of initiatives throughout Rhode Island will share in more than $18 million in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation.
Among the projects receiving the funds include initiatives to help the homeless, to train public school teachers in teaching English as a second language and to help expand the Newport Jazz Festival.
The foundation says it spent $18.2 million in the first half of 2016.
The foundation was established in 1916. It works with donors and recipients to fund the needs of the people of Rhode Island.
Among the projects it is working on for its centennial is a $10 million campaign to restore Roger Williams Park with new signs, expanded paths and repairs to several of the park's buildings.