Community Grants

Community Grant Program

The Friends of Rogers Free Library is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit foundation formed for the purpose of supporting and benefiting the activities and functions of the Rogers Free Library. Supported by generous gifts and bequests from donors, the Friends of Rogers Free Library supplements the library budget by annually underwriting the cost of programming, library renovations and other projects in coordination with the library’s Board of Trustees.

Community Grants
The purpose of the Community Grant Program is to provide opportunities for community groups, organizations, clubs or individuals to propose and receive funding for programs and activities that (1) explicitly demonstrate a connection to Rogers Free Library and (2) provide a significant benefit to either the library’s patrons or the Bristol community.

Significant Community Grants
2000 – Expansion and renovation of the library
2018 – Construction of the Teen Room, and three conference rooms on the third floor

Ongoing Community Grants
Summer reading programs, children’s programming, movie nights, various book clubs and writing workshops, supplies and gifts for the very popular Mrs. Katz and Her Hats storytime program, museum passes, library staff professional development, and more.

2021 Grants
Launch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Partial funding of Linden Place’s social justice movie series
Partial funding of Mount Hope Farm’s 400th Anniversary of the First Thanksgiving celebration
Art Journaling for Teens program

2022 Grants
Full sponsorship of the Mt. Hope High School E-Sports Team
Bristol BookFest (focusing on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein)
Bristol Art Museum’s climate change art exhibit featuring work of Mt. Hope High School students
Library’s Herreshoff Community Room tech equipment upgrade


Questions/Comments:  Contact the Friends at

Members of the Friends
Amy Guertin
David Gwizdowski
Nichole Lewis
Peter Maloney
Catherine Murray
Amy Vitale