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Housing Assistance Outreach Support Grants

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Rhode Island Foundation and Rhode Island Commerce have partnered to award $150,000 in funding to assist Rhode Island-based nonprofits that are providing outreach services and application assistance for the Safe Harbor Housing Program administered by the United Way of Rhode Island. If awarded, funds must be expended by December 30, 2020.

The purpose of the program is to provide funding to organizations that are working directly with the public to raise awareness and provide application assistance for the Safe Harbor Housing Program administered by the United Way of Rhode Island.

In order to be eligible for this program applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Nonprofit Type: Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Rhode Island, or have a fiscal sponsor/agent. The following 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are ineligible for the program: nonprofit hospitals, educational institutions, and foundations.
  • Nonprofit Size: Applicants must have no more than 200 full-time equivalent employees.
  • Program Services & Direct Assistance: Applicants must provide outreach services and application assistance for the SHHP program administered by the United Way of Rhode Island. These services and assistance may include but are not limited to:
    • Developing and executing outreach campaigns to promote awareness of the SHHP to both tenants and landlords who may qualify;
    • Providing direct one-on-one assistance (virtual and in-person to tenants and landlords to help them apply to the program;
    • Ensuring specific language needs are met and outreach and assistance if performed accordingly.

If awarded, funds must be expended by December 30, 2020.

Program funds can be used for outreach services and application assistance for the SHHP program administered by the United Way of Rhode Island. Eligible uses of funds are limited to new, direct costs that are incurred in the provision of these services and this direct assistance, including increased staffing, equipment, supplies, and material.

Eligible Expenses must be consistent with the uses permitted under the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) as defined in guidance and FAQs issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury and updated from time to time. Eligible Entities must familiarize themselves with this guidance and adhere to it.

Applicants may not charge indirect cost rate or an administrative fee. Administrative costs are only allowable if they are direct and allocable to the specific project. More specifically, only direct costs are allowable, and only if:

  • They are necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  • They were incurred during the time period beginning at the start of the period of performance and ending December 30, 2020;
  • Expenditures must be direct and allocable to the specific proposed project.

Program funds cannot be used for the following purposes:

  • Expenses that have been or will be reimbursed by any other source, including other federal, state, local, and charitable sources, such as the FEMA Public Assistance program, PPP, EIDL, Restore RI, or other state-sponsored COVID relief programs;
  • Reimbursement of donors for donated items or services, previously donated; this includes reimbursement for items purchased by the nonprofit with funds specifically donated and designated for the response to COVID-19;
  • Any expense not related to the current COVID-19 public health emergency;
  • Damages covered by insurance;
  • Workforce bonuses or severance pay;
  • Legal settlements;
  • General economic development or capital improvement projects that are not necessary expenditures due to the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  • Any costs incurred prior to March 1, 2020
  • Any costs incurred after December 30, 2020.

To apply, please carefully review the application criteria, and be sure you are submitting all of the necessary information and documents via our online system. You will be required to submit the following:

  • Organization Information;
  • Project Information;
  • Organizational budget;
  • Project budget;
  • Form 990, 990EZ, or 990N; and
  • 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter if not already on file at the Rhode Island Foundation

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

If you receive a grant from this program you will be required to submit a grant report by January 31, 2021. Reporting requirements will be described in your award letter. When the time comes, you will log back in to your account to submit the report.