Washington Trust Charitable Foundation

The Washington Trust Charitable Foundation provides grants to 501(c)(3) organizations within our market area, including Rhode Island, Massachusetts and southeastern Connecticut.

Charitable grants range widely in size. Multi-year grants are often considered for capital funding (to build or repair facilities), capital campaigns, or specific projects, with consideration given to:

  • Affordable Housing and Revitalization Programs
  • Business and Economic Development
  • Youth and Family Services
  • Hospitals, Health and Human Service Organizations
  • Museums, Arts and Cultural Organizations
  • Colleges, Universities, Libraries
  • Conservation and Environmental Groups


Each year, The Washington Trust Company provides scholarships to help area students finance their college educations at Providence College, Bryant University and the University of Rhode Island. Scholarships are awarded to area students who have been admitted and have committed to one of these colleges or universities.

Application Process: Completed through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

United Way

Washington Trust has been recognized by the United Way as a Platinum Company for the contributions made by the Bank and its employees. Historically, 2 of every 3 Washington Trust employees contribute to the United Way campaign each year. Through our support, we assist dozens of United Way agencies in our area. Our employees also volunteer their time to participate in the United Way Corporate Campaign and Dare to Care days.

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Would you like to submit a charitable request?

Proposals must be submitted by October 1st for annual review in December. Grants are awarded in January. Please note that IRS tax documentation is required. Primary consideration is given to programs or projects that directly benefit the communities we serve.

Please submit proposals to:

Dennis Algiere,
Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Community Affairs
The Washington Trust Company
23 Broad Street
Westerly, RI 02891