Grant Opportunities

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to make grants to nonprofit organizations that are working across sectors to tackle critical community need and enhance quality of life.

Grant opportunities are listed below, organized as follows:

  • Grants made at the Foundation's discretion, primarily through our Strategic Initiative Grants and Responsive Grants programs.
  • 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.Carefully review the guidelines specific to each opportunity by clicking on the program name.

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.

Strategic Initiative Grants

Strategic Initiative Grants: Provide grants greater than $10,000 that align with our strategic priorities - economic security, educational success, and healthy lives.
Deadline: Ongoing

Responsive Grants

Responsive GrantsGrants address urgent community need, emerging opportunity, new ideas, and proven programs in the nonprofit space.
Deadline: Ongoing

Grants for Specific Topics

Arts in Academics: Supports educational projects that integrate art disciplines into other core academic subjects.
Deadline: October 25, 2019

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

Behavioral Health Fund: Supports primary and secondary prevention models and high-quality, affordable behavioral health care services.
Deadline: Not currently accepting applications.

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 12, 2019

Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund: Supports Jewish community charitable organizations located in and serving the greater Providence area.
Deadline: July 5, 2019

Carter Spark Grants: Small, flexible grants to support teachers with innovative ideas to “spark” students’ love for learning. 
Deadline: October 11, 2019

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 14, 2019

Equity Action: Champions initiatives and organizations that serve Rhode Island’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.
Deadline: April 11, 2019 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: The next deadline will be in 2020.
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: La próxima fecha límite será en 2020.

Food and Housing Security Grants: Fund local nonprofit organizations that address housing and/or food insecurity for Rhode Island’s most vulnerable populations.
Deadline: March 29 and September 6, 2019

Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island: Supports place-based collaborations that address health disparities and improve population health in Rhode Island communities.
Deadline: The next deadline will be in 2021.

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 not accepted. 
Questions? Contact the Haffenreffer Family Fund. Thank you.

Medical Research Funds: Provide seed funding for new independent investigators' research projects.
Deadline: October 28, 2019

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 8, 2019

Organizational Development Grants: For a variety of activities that strengthen and improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
Deadline:  April 26, July 12, and October 11, 2019

Program for Animal Welfare: Supports animal humane education and treatment.
Deadline: June 13, 2019

Program for the Blind: Supports services for the blind and visually impaired in Rhode Island.
Deadlines: May 3, 2019 for summer camps and summer programs for Rhode Island children with low-vision and blindness; August 15, 2019 for programs focused on vision research and support services for the blind and visually impaired.

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

RIGHA Foundation Fund: Supports projects, programs, and organizations that improve health outcomes in Rhode Island. The fund does not directly support medical research
Deadline: Not currently accepting applications.

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 8, 2019

Aaron Roitman Chamber Music Fund: For the promotion and performance of quality professional chamber music in Rhode Island.
Deadline: October 25, 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 11, 2019

Juanita Sánchez Fund: Supports organizations enriching the lives of Latinos in Rhode Island.
Deadline: September 27, 2019

Special Medical Funds: Support nonprofits engaged in work that impacts the health and healthcare of Rhode Islanders in several specific areas.
Deadline: August 15, 2019

Grants For Specific Communities

Barrington District Nursing Association Fund: Supports programs that ensure the physical and mental health and well-being of Barrington residents.
Deadline: February 8, 2019

Bristol Female Charitable Society: Funds East Bay nonprofit organizations, with a preference for those providing services in Bristol.
Deadline: August 16, 2019

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, 2019

North Smithfield Ambulance & Rescue Association Fund: Supports charitable programs and activities in North Smithfield.
Deadline: March 22, 2019

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 22, 2019

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 5, 2019

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     


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