Community Grants

In 2016, the Rhode Island Foundation commemorated 100 years of service to Rhode Island and its people. In honor of the centennial, we funded community-making projects throughout the state.

Aquidneck Community Table received a Centennial Community Grant to create the first community garden in Newport. The 24-plot garden was built at the Friends Meeting House site in downtown Newport.
Grants were made to nonprofit organizations, municipal governments, and community agencies to build bikes lanes, design walking tours, plant community gardens, install historical markers and monuments, and more.

Due to the program’s success to promote collaboration and community-making, we are re-opening the Community Grants program in 2017. Nonprofit organizations, preservation societies, municipal governments, and public agencies like libraries and schools are eligible to apply for grants up to $10,000.

While not required, proposals that demonstrate a local commitment will be considered more competitive for this grant program. Community commitment may be measured by a cash match, committed volunteer time, donated space, or other forms of in-kind contributions.

The Rocky Point Foundation used its Centennial Community Grant to restore the Rocky Point Arch, which had fallen into a state of disrepair. Rust and lead paint were removed and the 60 foot tall structure was repainted and restored to its former glory.

While eligible projects may include either new initiatives or enhancements to ongoing and recurring initiatives, applicants should be mindful that Community Grants are intended to support one-time costs and expenses. Projects will not be eligible for renewed support in future years.

We believe that community is created at the intersection of people, places, and traditions. We want to help you make unique and important things happen at this intersection.

Specifically, we are looking for projects that:

  • Are openly accessible to the community
  • Are relevant and meaningful to the specific community 
  • Are doable
  • Are creative and unique 
  • Will have a meaningful and lasting impact on the people and place
  • Involve partners
  • Make exceptionally good use of the funds
With its Centennial Community Grant, Providence CityArts for Youth engaged youth, community members, and renowned Rhode Island muralists in designing and creating a mosaic tile and painted public mural to celebrate the community in Providence’s Southside neighborhoods.

Important Dates

Online applications must be submitted by midnight (EST) on March 31, 2017. Please note that no assistance will be available after 5 p.m. (EST).

Decisions will be made by the end of May 2017.

Grant funds must be expended no later than June 30, 2018.

To Apply

Complete this online application

Complete this budget form and attach it to your application


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Providence, RI 02903


(401) 274-4564

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