The Hardiman Grant for 2015 was awarded to the Open Recreation Program
of Child & Family - specifically a year round basketball program for
underprivileged youths in the Eddy Street neighborhood of Providence.
Typically there are 25 to 30 kids in the program, ranging in age from 6 to
25. The grant will go towards equipment, uniforms, snacks, gym rental,
travel and other costs.
The Hardiman Grant for 2016 was awarded to the 9 Yards Program at OpenDoorsRI.org. The grant will be used to help house hi risk offenders who served time at the ACI's Medium Security Facility are are reentering the community. We are proud to give the grant in his honor.
The Hardiman Grant for 2017 was awarded to The Rhode Island Urban Debate League. The grant will help serve 30 urban high school students at the Urban Debate League’s Summer Debate Institute. Typically this type of camp experience is inaccessible to this student population; most camps cost thousands of dollars, require travel outside of the state, and do not cater to the specific needs of urban kids managing multiple summer obligations.