Media release

$10,000 grants available for ideas that create community

Since launching the Community Grants program in 2016, the Foundation has awarded $3 million to hundreds of projects across Rhode Island.

Local libraries, neighborhood groups and nonprofit organizations have until March 22 to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to fund proposals that bring people together. In past years, work has ranged from creating performance spaces and urban farms, to hosting neighborhood meals and making historic places and nature preserves more accessible to the public.

"Communities thrive where people, places and traditions meet. We want your best suggestions for enhancing the quality of life, building relationships, enlivening neighborhoods and improving community connections," said David N. Cicilline, the Foundation's president and CEO.

Last year’s recipients include the Contemporary Theater in South Kingstown, which received $10,000 to support the Ocean State Black and Funny Improv Festival; the Empowerment Factory in Pawtucket, which received $10,000 for community art and literacy programs; Newport Classical, which received $10,000 to support the 2023-24 Community Concert Series; R.I. Black Storytellers in Providence, which received $10,000 to support performances in Newport and South County; and RiverzEdge Arts in Woonsocket, which received $5,000 for its Mammoth Mill Park Wayfinding Project.

Proposals should build social networks, improve the quality of life, promote collaboration and increase community engagement within a neighborhood, city or town.

Priority will be given to proposals that include community support such as matching grants, the participation of volunteers and donated space and other forms of in-kind contributions. Other considerations may include whether projects are led by or serve historically marginalized groups, including people who identify as Asian, Black, Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous or multiracial.

While both new initiatives and enhancements to existing projects are eligible, the grants are intended to support one-time costs and expenses. Applicants will not be eligible for renewed funding for the same project in future years. Capital campaigns, endowments, for-profit entities, individuals, political groups and lobbying efforts are not eligible. For more information about applying for a Community Grant, visit

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Through civic leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is improving the lives of all Rhode Islanders.