Town of Bristol / RWU Cooperative Committee

In September 2007, when Roger Williams University and the Town of Bristol reached agreement on the landmark PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) pact, a group comprising key representatives from both the town and the University was established to jointly consider items of mutual interest or concern.

In the years since, the Town of Bristol / Roger Williams University Cooperative Committee has provided an open venue for discussion and decision-making and has assisted in building upon a truly symbiotic relationship between both parties.

Through the Fund for Civic Activities – one of its most visible initiatives – as of summer 2012 the Committee has awarded $106,236 to local organizations and residents in support of more than 70 projects and initiatives designed to enhance the civic experience of Bristol residents.

Committee Members

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Town of Bristol Representatives

Walter Burke
Director of Parks & Recreation

Josue D. Canario
Chief of Police

Julie R. Goucher
Town Treasurer

Robert J. Martin
Fire Chief

Mario Andrade Ed.D.
Superintendent, Bristol Warren Regional School District

Diane M. Williamson
Director of Community Development

Roger Williams University Representatives

Robert A. Cole, Ph.D.
Vice Provost

K.C. Ferrara
Director, Feinstein Center for Service Learning & Community Engagement

John J. King, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Steven Melaragno
Director of Public Safety

Peter Wilbur
 Chief of Staff, Vice President for Community Relations

Fund for Civic Activities

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In support and recognition of the important relationship that exists between Roger Williams University and the Town of Bristol, the Town of Bristol/Roger Williams University Cooperative Committee created the Fund for Civic Activities (FCA). The FCA accepts grant requests twice a year to fund a broad range of projects and services proposed by individuals or non-profit organizations that work toward enhancing the civic experience in the Town of Bristol. Further detail regarding this fund, the application process and other project related criteria may be found in the FCA Application.

Click here for complete instructions and a printable application.

For your convenience, applications will be accepted via mail, email, or online.