Eligibility and Application Process
If you have a project that is local, place-based, and will yield a direct impact for Rhode Island, primarily in our strategic initiative areas - educational success, healthy lives, and economic security - we want to hear from you.
We are looking for strong partners who, most likely, will:
- have three years of operating history,
- be cash flow positive or show a strong trend line towards cash flow positive,
- have evidence of strong collateral,
- have demonstrated an engaged and competent governance structure and management team, and
- have a track record of strong social outcomes within Rhode Island.
We will consider both debt and equity opportunities.
There must be a clear path to repayment/return, and investments must demonstrate social impact with measurable outcomes.
Investments will range between $200,000 and $2,000,000. Terms generally will be no longer than ten years.
Individuals are not eligible.
Interested nonprofit organizations, for profit companies, and governmental entities should contact Ricky Bogert, Grant Programs Officer, to schedule a preliminary meeting so that we may learn more about your project and determine if it aligns with the program.
If your project is selected to advance, we will ask you to complete a full application and supporting materials. At that point, our team will work with you to complete our due diligence and structuring, including reviewing the proposed outcomes and plan for measurement, business prospects and financial conditions, organizational capacity, potential risk, readiness, and fit with the Foundation’s portfolio.
All proposals must be approved by the Foundation's board of directors after being vetted by an internal team.