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The van Beuren Charitable Foundation is a family philanthropy dedicated to protecting and preserving the unique characteristics of Newport County and improving the quality of life for its residents. We are committed to furthering the good work of community-based nonprofit organizations that make a positive impact on the lives of our neighbors. To this end, we focus on enhancing the effectiveness of community partners working in three program areas: landscapes and the built environment, education and health. Since its founding in 1986, the van Beuren Charitable Foundation has invested in improving the lives of Newport County residents. We invite organizations that share this commitment to our local community to submit a grant proposal.

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The application deadline for the next funding cycle is Monday, June 1, 2015.  All proposals must be submitted via our online application system.  Please click the “Grant Application and Reporting” link for further information or to start your application.

The van Beuren Charitable Foundation Strengthens Commitment to Landscapes and the Built Environment in Newport County

Building upon the Foundation’s past investments in historic preservation, land use, and land conservation,
the van Beuren Charitable Foundation is introducing the Landscapes and the Built Environment program area.
The vBCF has merged and enhanced its former program areas, Land Use and Conservation and Historic Preservation, to enable it to evaluate and support programs and projects in a more integrated way.

Understanding that landscapes and buildings evolve over time, and decisions made about growth, development, conservation and preservation shape the community’s future, the vBCF supports efforts to ensure that Newport County’s quality of place is strengthened by the future development of the community.

New elements in the program area include an emphasis on quality design of both landscapes and buildings in corridors, centers, gateways and landmark settings; new construction; and support of community engagement in protecting and enhancing the unique characteristics of Newport County.  The Foundation will continue to support the physical integrity and adaptive reuse of key historic buildings, land conservation, and urban and regional planning and design.

By considering Landscapes and the Built Environment holistically, the Foundation hopes to help ensure the future of a vibrant, dynamic Newport County community.