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RI Gives Vax Challenge

Grant deadline: July 30, 2021

Rhode Island Foundation, Governor McKee, the Executive Office of Commerce, and the Rhode Island Department of Health have jointly established the COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Fund.

The fund will support the RI Gives Vax Challenge program, aimed at promoting and encouraging greater vaccination rates in Rhode Island. The program will award grants from the COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Fund, via lottery, to qualified local nonprofit organizations for every additional 5,000 Rhode Islanders that receive a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Applicants must serve the most vulnerable and communities hardest hit by COVID-19 in Rhode Island.

The purpose of the fund and related challenge are to simultaneously incentivize COVID-19 vaccinations and provide assistance to non-profits that supported the general COVID-19 response and recovery.

Para obtener más información en español, comuníquese con Jessica Rodriguez al (401) 427-4013 o envié un correo electrónico a jrodriguez@rifoundation.org.

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 (including K-12 schools), and foundations.


Nonprofit Size: Applicants must have had an annual operating budget no greater than $3,000,000 in 2020.


Program Services & Direct Assistance: Applicants must provide program services or direct assistance that responded to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on individuals and/or communities. This assistance and these services include, but are not limited to:

  • Health: Access to health care, behavioral health services, and substance use;
  • Basic needs or other needs: Housing/homelessness prevention, food insecurity, job training, domestic violence prevention/response, assistance to seniors, etc.; and
  • Children and youth: Youth services, child care, and education/learning loss.

Grants will be awarded in the amount of $10,000. A total of $750,000 will be awarded, as follows:

  • $100,000 for 1st 5,000 Rhode Islanders receiving 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • $120,000 for 2nd 5,000 receiving 1 dose of the vaccine
  • $150,000 for 3rd 5,000 receiving 1 dose of the vaccine
  • $180,000 for 4th 5,000 receiving 1 dose of the vaccine
  • $200,000 for 5th 5,000 receiving 1 dose of the vaccine

Program funds can be used to support organizations serving the hardest hit communities and most vulnerable populations in Rhode Island. Services provided include but are not limited to those listed above.

Applications will be accepted through July 30, 2021.

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.

A complete application package must include:

  • Organization information;
  • Organizational budget;
  • 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter if not already on file at the Rhode Island Foundation.

Click here to apply and upload the necessary documents.

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


Upon submission applications will be reviewed by Rhode Island Foundation staff to determine whether the organization meets the eligibility requirements for the program.


The program will award grants to local nonprofit organizations for every additional 5,000 Rhode Islanders that receive a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As each milestone is reached Rhode Island Foundation staff will enter eligible applications into a lottery to make selections for grant awards.

Applicants will be notified regarding funding decisions via email.

If you receive a grant from this program you will be required to submit a grant report by June 30, 2022. 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.