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Updated: Dec 2, 2021

"Outreach to these historically under-counted groups, through the local organizations they are connected to, helps motivate them to participate in the Census along with their friends and family."

Community groups win grants to boost Census response, by Chris Barnett, Rhode Island Foundation, March 11, 2020


With the U.S. Census Bureau set to begin reaching out to Rhode Island households this month, the Rhode Island Census 2020 Fund is announcing nearly $300,000 in a second round of grants to encourage people to fill out the forms. The goal is to protect the roughly $3.8 billion a year that Rhode Island receives in federal funding for education, health care, housing and other uses based on Census data.

“These grants are essential for the 2020 Census outreach campaign and assist in connecting with communities that are ‘hard to count.’ Outreach to these historically under-counted groups, through the local organizations they are connected to, helps motivate them to participate in the Census along with their friends and family," said Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, who co-chairs the state’s Complete Count Committee.

The focus of the grants is increasing Census response-rates from historically under-counted populations such as families with young children, immigrants, people living in poverty and people of color. The Rhode Island Foundation administers the grant program in partnership with the Complete Count Committee.

“Participating in the Census is a powerful way to bring resources to your community and ensure that everyone is represented. Every household that completes the questionnaire will generate more federal funding for schools, medical care, affordable housing and a host of other services that people depend on,” said Neil D. Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “We need every single Rhode Islander to be part of our civic process.”

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