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The John Clarke Trust

Proposal due April 1; November 1
Program type Education; Human Services; Religion-Related
Area served RI
Restrictions None
Grant history

Mission

Dating from April 20, 1676, this historic trust was created under the will of Dr. John Clarke, a Baptist clergyman and physician and one of the co-founders of the first European settlement on Aquidneck Island in 1638. He was born in 1609 and arrived in Boston in 1637 and was one of some 300 persons that founded the colony on Aquidneck Island. He was the author of the Royal Charter of 1663 that maintained Rhode Island as a colony. Dr. Clarke had no surviving children. He practiced medicine, was a minister and held public office, although his chief interest was that of the Christian ministry. He was also very interested in education and is thought to have been involved in establishing a free school for Newport in 1640. Dr. Clarke is buried in a small cemetery on West Broadway in Newport.

In his will, written on the date of his death, John Clarke established a perpetual charitable trust. He directed that the income from the trust be used "for the relief of the poor or bringing up of children unto learning from time to time forever." He further instructed the trustees "to have a special regard and care to provide for those that fear the Lord."

Guidelines

The application deadlines for The John Clarke Trust are April 1 and November 1. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by letter within 2 to 3 months after the proposal deadline.

The trustees of the John Clarke Trust have established a policy of giving preference to organizations located on Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island and within the East Bay area. However, applications from any Rhode Island 501(c)(3) are acceptable. The trustees will consider capital grant requests ONLY from Aquidneck Island.

Bank contact

To discuss the application process or for questions about this foundation, contact us:

ma.ri.grantmaking@ustrust.com

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Detailed foundation contact information can be found in the Procedures.

Bank contact

To discuss the application process or for questions about this foundation, contact us:

ma.ri.grantmaking@ustrust.com

Please indicate the foundation name in the email subject line.

Detailed foundation contact information can be found in the Procedures.