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Rhode Island Nonprofit Support Fund II

Grant deadline: December 06, 2021

The Rhode Island Foundation and the Governor through the Rhode Island Pandemic Recovery Office have jointly established the Rhode Island Nonprofit Support Fund II.

Purpose: 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.

Eligibility Requirements: 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 in the state. The following 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are ineligible for the program: nonprofit hospitals, educational institutions, and foundations.
  • Program Services & Direct Assistance: Applicants must provide program services or direct assistance that respond to the COVID-19 pandemic impact on individuals and/or communities. This assistance and these services include:
    o Housing
    o Homelessness prevention
    o Behavioral health services
    o Access to health care
    o Job training
    o Food insecurity
    o Youth services
    o Childcare
    o Academic/educational support
    o Case management or assistance in accessing an eligible state or federal public benefit
    o Community assistance related to COVID-19 adaptation, safety, and compliance
    o Other individual and/or community needs directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic

Grant Award Amounts: Grant awards are anticipated to be in the range of $25,000 to $100,000.

Eligible Uses of Program Funds: Program funds can be used for services or direct assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on individuals and communities. Eligible uses of funds are limited to payment or reimbursement of direct costs incurred from March 20, 2020 through December 30, 2021.

Eligible expenses must be consistent with the uses permitted under the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) as defined in guidance 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 between March 20, 2020 and December 30, 2021.

Ineligible Uses of Program Funds: 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 specifically donated and designated for the response to COVID-19
  • Any expense not related to the 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 20, 2020
  • Any costs incurred after December 30, 2021

Criteria

  • Applications are being accepted through December 6, 2021.
  • Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Rhode Island, or have a fiscal sponsor/agent
  • Applicant must attest that the funds will be applied to the direct costs for administering any COVID- 19-related services or direct assistance.
  • Services and direct assistance provided to beneficiaries of the non-profit must be provided on or before December 30, 2021.
  • Funds must be expended on or before December 30, 2021.
  • Selection would prioritize applications based on the extent an application is providing program services or direct assistance that respond to the COVID-19 pandemic impact on individuals and/or communities.

Application Process

Applications/Attestation forms will be submitted through an online application system and will include the following materials:

  • Organization Information
  • DUNS number (Go to https://www.dnb.com/duns-number.html to obtain a DUNS number, if you do not have one.)
  • Copy of most recent 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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1 Treasury’s Guidance is available at: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/CRF-Guidance-Federal-Register_2021-00827.pdf