Grant Opportunities

We have a vision for Rhode Island. In it, quality healthcare and services are affordable, communities are vibrant, children are learning, the environment is thriving, and arts flourish. You're there. We are, too.

The Rhode Island Foundation makes grants to support projects that address significant community challenges, aim for lasting impact, and serve disadvantaged Rhode Islanders. Opportunities are listed below, organized as follows:

  • Grants made at the Foundation's discretion, primarily through our Strategy Grants program
  • Grants for particular topics or issues, determined by donors' charitable interests
  • Grants for particular geographic regions, determined by donors' charitable interests
Each program has different purposes, application requirements, and deadlines, so please review the guidelines specific to each opportunity by clicking on the program name.

Please note: Applications will not be considered from organizations with overdue grant reports.

The Rhode Island Foundation believes that our community can best be served by charitable organizations that both reflect and serve the diversity of our community. We do not award grants to applicants or for programs that have a policy that discriminates against any person or group in any way that is either unlawful or inconsistent with the mission or values of the Foundation.

Grants in Key Sectors

Strategy Grants: Provide grants greater than $10,000 for outstanding projects within our key funding sectors.
Deadline: Ongoing

Basic Human Needs Grants: Help community-based agencies provide emergency assistance to Rhode Islanders in need.
Deadline: Ongoing

Grants for Specific Topics

Arts in Academics: Supports educational projects that integrate art disciplines into other core academic subjects.
Deadline: October 26, 2018

Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund: Supports youth development and mentoring for Black youth and the promotion of the history, achievements, and culture of the Black community.
Deadline: September 13, 2018

Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund: Supports Jewish community charitable organizations located in and serving the greater Providence area.
Deadline: June 8, 2018

Carter Spark Grants: Small, flexible grants to support teachers with innovative ideas to “spark” students’ love for learning. 
Deadline: October 12, 2018

Clean Competition Fund: For education, outreach, scientific projects, and clinical or basic research involving appropriate medical uses or long-term health implications of human growth hormone (“hGH”) use or use of other performance-enhancing substances.
Deadline: Ongoing

Community Grants: For community-building activities in cities and towns throughout Rhode Island.
Deadline: March 30, 2018

Equity Action: Champions initiatives and organizations that serve Rhode Island’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.
Deadline: April 12, 2018 for project and capacity-building grants; applications for small grants are accepted on an ongoing basis

Expansion Arts: Provides funding and technical assistance to small and emerging arts and humanities organizations that serve culturally-specific communities.
Deadline: September 14, 2018
Programa de Expansion Arts: Provee fondos y asistencia técnica a pequeñas organizaciones emergentes, las cuales se ocupan a promulgar actividades de carácter artístico y cultural a sus comunidades.
Plazo: September 14, 2018

Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island: Aims to strengthen the primary care system by offering grants that improve access to primary care for Rhode Islanders.
Deadline: Ongoing

Medical Research Funds: Provide seed funding for new independent investigators' research projects.
Deadline: October 29, 2018

Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund: Supports the preservation of original historical manuscripts and documents and municipal records of the smaller cities and towns in Rhode Island from the 19th century and earlier.
Deadline: March 9, 2018

Organizational Development Grants: For a variety of activities that strengthen and improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
Deadline:  April 27, July 13, and October 12, 2018

Program for Animal Welfare: Supports animal humane education and treatment.
Deadline: June 21, 2018

Program for the Blind: Supports services for the blind and visually impaired in Rhode Island.
Deadlines: May 4, 2018 for summer camps and summer programs for Rhode Island children with low-vision and blindness; September 14, 2018 for programs focused on vision research and support services for the blind and visually impaired.

RIGHA Foundation Fund: Supports projects, programs, and organizations that improve health outcomes in Rhode Island. The fund does not directly support medical research.
Deadline: August 27, 2018

RI Supreme Court Historical Society Fund: Supports nonprofits that provide programs, preserve artifacts and records of the court system, publish works about Rhode Island legal history, and offer public forums about Rhode Island legal and constitutional history.
Deadline: March 9, 2018

Aaron Roitman Chamber Music Fund: For the promotion and performance of quality professional chamber music in Rhode Island.
Deadline: Applications are accepted every other year; next deadline will be in 2019.

Herman H. Rose Civic, Cultural and Media Access Fund (formerly the Archive, Document, Display and Dissemination Fund): Library Challenge Grants provide added funding for library campaigns to meet local needs. Media Project Grants assure greater access to information through archiving, documenting, displaying, and/or disseminating information.
Deadline: January 12, 2018

Juanita Sánchez Fund: Supports organizations enriching the lives of Latinos in Rhode Island.
Deadline: September 28, 2018

Special Medical Funds: Support nonprofits engaged in work that impacts the health and healthcare of Rhode Islanders in several specific areas.
Deadline: March 19, 2018

Grants For Specific Geographic Regions

Barrington District Nursing Association Fund: Supports programs that ensure the physical and mental health and well-being of Barrington residents.
Deadline: February 9, 2018

Bristol Female Charitable Society: Funds East Bay nonprofit organizations, with a preference for those providing services in Bristol.
Deadline: August 17, 2018

Chariho Community Innovative Projects Fund: Supports creative projects developed by teachers, students, or community members in Chariho school district.
Deadline: Please refer to Community 2000 education foundation website

Fund of the Providence Shelter for Colored Children: Benefits organizations serving Black children who live in greater Providence.
Deadline: Annually on March 31

June Rockwell Levy Foundation: Grants to 501 (c )(3) organizations serving the communities of Providence County. As a general rule, the Foundation does not make grants to public schools, including charter schools.
Deadline: Grants are reviewed four times per year on a rolling basis

Newport County Fund Small Grants: Benefit the communities of Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, and Tiverton.
Deadline: February 15, 2018

North Smithfield Ambulance & Rescue Association Fund: Supports charitable programs and activities in North Smithfield.
Deadline: March 23, 2018

Ponaganset Education Fund: Supports creative projects developed by teachers, students, or community members in Foster-Glocester school district.
Deadline: Please refer to Ponaganset Education Foundation website

Mary LeMoine Potter Fund: Benefits organizations serving Kingston village.
Deadline: February 23, 2018

South Kingstown Education Foundation: Supports creative projects developed by teachers, students, or community members in South Kingstown school district.
Deadline: Please refer to South Kingstown Education Foundation website

Miss Swinburne Fund: Supports nonprofits that offer charitable programs and services for women and girls in Newport County.
Deadline: April 6, 2018

Westerly Education Endowment Fund: Supports creative projects developed by teachers, students, or community members in Westerly school district.
Deadline: Please refer to Westerly Education Endowment Fund website     

Other Grant Opportunities

Haffenreffer Family Fund: The Haffenreffer Family Fund was established at the Foundation in 1987. Grants from the fund support Rhode Island nonprofit organizations.
Eligibility: Organizations are selected by the trustees of the Haffenreffer Family Fund to receive grants. Applications are no longer accepted. 
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Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund: Supports human services and healthcare, with a focus on the homeless; education and youth; arts and culture; and responsible and ethical journalism.
Deadline: Ongoing

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Grant report forms

Grantees: We want to hear about your work. And reporting is required to receive additional Foundation funding. Take a look at our grant report forms.

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The Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence builds the capacity of nonprofit organizations to help them better achieve their missions. Learn about INE programs.

Sparking innovation and a love of reading

Dozens of teachers in communities throughout Rhode Island received nearly $190,000 through our 2016-17 Spark Grants program for school-wide reading programs and for classroom innovation.

2016: a record year for grants

In 2016, the Foundation awarded a record $45 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofits across the state.


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