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Food & Housing Security Grants

The application for this program is currently closed

With generous and dedicated co-funding from an anonymous donor, the Rhode Island Foundation established the Food and Housing Security Program.

The program aims to fund local nonprofit organizations that provide housing and/or programming that helps to end food insecurity for Rhode Island’s most vulnerable populations. The program will consider funding requests for both operations and direct, basic needs assistance to agencies that prioritize service to children, the elderly, or the homeless, particularly as they seek housing and food.

Focus areas

  • Housing
  • Food insecurity
  • Organizations serving children, elderly, or the homeless.


  • Grant funding amounts will be linked to cost of services provided and the number of individuals served and can range from $10,000 to $150,000.
  • Agencies and/or collaborations serving a specific city or town will be eligible for grants up to $50,000.
  • Agencies and/or collaborations serving multiple communities will be eligible for grants of $50,000 and higher.

Funding priorities

  • Agencies whose mission is to address food and/or housing insecurity;
  • Statewide programs or efforts that have a strong geographic or community focus;
  • Collaborations, especially regional ones;
  • Requests for children and the homeless populations; and
  • Agencies with adequate capacity to deliver services.


  • Eligible organizations must be Rhode Island-based and Rhode Island-serving;
  • The proposal must address housing and/or food insecurity;
  • Agencies that request general operating funds must have, and share, a strategic plan or business plan;
  • Applying agencies must serve vulnerable populations; and
  • Applying agencies should have additional funding for direct, basic needs.
  • Please note that Basic Human Needs grant funding will prioritize organizations who are not receiving funding through the Food & Housing Security program. Please contact your program officer if you have any questions.

The program does not support:

  • Capital expenditures or campaigns
  • Endowment funds
  • For-profit entities
  • Fundraising events
  • Individuals
  • Lobbying efforts
  • Political groups
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Out-of-state agencies

To apply

A complete application package includes:

  • Completed application form, submitted through our online system;
  • Completed budget form, also submitted through our online system;
  • The applying agency's audited financials;
  • The applying agency's organizational budget; and
  • A current list of the applying organization's board of directors.

To complete an application that is already in progress, and to submit, please click here.