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Grants from Special Medical Funds

The application for this program is currently closed

Seventeen funds at the Rhode Island Foundation support organizations that address health and healthcare needs related to specific medical conditions.


This collection of funds offers grants to assist nonprofit organizations that are engaged in work that impacts the health and healthcare of Rhode Islanders. Specifically:

  • Renal disease / diabetes (emphasis on education, prevention, and care)
  • Care of elderly suffering from incurable illnesses, both physical and mental
  • End of life care / Hospice care / incurable diseases
  • Mental illness
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Blindness / physical disabilities
  • Outreach, education, clinical or basic research involving human growth hormone steroids or other performance enhancing substances.

Priority will be given to programs or projects that demonstrate the greatest impact on health and healthcare and address health inequities and disparities in Rhode Island. Grants are expected to range from $10,000 to $75,000.

Eligibility and criteria

  • Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations located or delivering services in the state of Rhode Island.
  • Special Medical Fund awards do not fund individuals, scholarships, capital or endowment efforts, fundraising events, or campaigns to elect candidates to public office.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the area of proposed work.
  • Organizational infrastructure that indicates sufficient capacity for this work, including financial infrastructure and staff.
  • Grant support from Special Medical Funds will not impact an organization's eligibility to apply to the Rhode Island Foundation for other grant support.

The on-line application includes:

  • Narrative (no more than five pages)
    • What are the goals and objectives of this project?
    • How will you implement the project?
    • What are your intended outcomes, and how will you assess your impact?
    • What is the evidence that the project is needed? Why is the opportunity critical now?
    • How will the funding requested be used?
    • Who are the leaders of this project?
    • Is there anything else you want us to know?
  • 12-Month Proposal Budget
    • The budget should include all income for the project that you currently have in hand and funding that is anticipated. Please identify all committed and potential funding sources and when a decision is anticipated.
    • Please break all personnel down by position and the percentage of time that the employee will devote to this project. You may group a class of employees.
    • Please note that the Foundation reviews requests that include overhead or indirect costs on a case by case basis.
    • Please make sure that your total project expenses match the total entered in this application under total project budget.
  • IRS 501(c)(3) Tax Determination Letter (not a tax-exempt certificate)
    Required only if your organization has never applied to the Rhode Island Foundation for funding. If an organization is serving as the fiscal agent for this project, please submit the IRS 501(c) tax determination letter for the fiscal agent.

To apply

Submit a completed online application.

Application deadline

August 14, 2020