10 organizations to receive $10K in state COVID grants

Gov. Dan McKee announced the first veto of his term, as well as the RI Vax Challenge on July 6, 2021. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ten nonprofits from across Rhode Island will receive $10,000 in grants as the state reached the first milestone of its RI Gives Vax Challenge, Democratic Gov. Dan McKee announced Monday.

The Democrat said 5,000 more Rhode Islanders received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The Vax Challenge has a budget of $750,000, which will be allocated in grants of $10,000 to Rhode Island nonprofit each time the state administers an additional 5,000 first COVID-19 vaccine doses.

The first round recipients include Access To Recovery, the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen, the Refugee Development Center, the Rhode Island Free Clinic and others.