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Rhode Island Nonprofit Support Fund Grants

Grant deadline: October 30, 2020

Rhode Island Foundation and the Rhode Island Executive Office of Commerce have jointly established the Rhode Island Nonprofit Support Fund, a $2.5 million grant program to assist Rhode Island-based nonprofits delivering program services or direct assistance to address COVID-19 related needs. If awarded, funds must be expended by December 30, 2020.

The purpose of the program is to support local nonprofits with direct service programs that respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals and/or communities in 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 100 full-time equivalent employees.
  • Program Services & Direct Assistance: Applicants must provide program services or direct assistance that respond to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on individuals and/or communities. This assistance and these services include but are not limited to:
    • Housing/homelessness prevention;
    • Behavioral health services;
    • Access to health care;
    • Job training;
    • Food insecurity;
    • Youth services;
    • Childcare;
    • Academic/educational support;
    • Case management or assistance in accessing an eligible state or federal public benefit;
    • Community assistance related to COVID-19 adaptation, safety, and compliance; and
    • Other individual and/or community needs directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grant awards are anticipated to be in the range of $15,000 to $75,000. If awarded, funds must be expended by December 30, 2020.

Program funds can be used for new or expanded program services or direct assistance that respond to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on individuals and/or communities. 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 (1). Eligible Entities must familiarize themselves with this guidance and adhere to it.

Applicants may not charge indirect cost rate or an administrative fee with respect to the services or direct assistance to be funded. 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 pandemic.
  • 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 project (2).


(1) Treasury’s Guidance is available at:
Treasury FAQs on the Guidance are available at:
(2) The State of Rhode Island Department of Administration’s Indirect and Administrative Costs policy is available at: https://rigov-policies.s3.amaz...

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, RIDOH programs, or other state-sponsored COVID-19 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 pandemic;
  • 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 pandemic;
  • 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

Click here to apply.

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

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by Rhode Island Foundation team members who are familiar with the applicant organizations and the individuals and/or communities served, based on the grant program criteria outlined 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.