Media release

March 31 is the deadline to apply for Community Grants

"We are looking for ideas that will enhance the quality of life, build relationships and improve community connections."

The Rhode Island Foundation is offering local libraries, schools, neighborhood groups and nonprofit organizations grants of up to $10,000 to fund proposals that bring people together as a community. March 31 is the deadline to apply.

"Our goal is to support work that will enliven neighborhoods and build lasting bonds among residents," said Jenny Pereira, vice president of grants and community investments.

Since launching the Community Grants program in 2016, the Foundation has awarded nearly $2.5 million to hundreds of projects across Rhode Island. 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.

Last year’s recipients include the Jamestown Community Chorus, which received $5,000 to support a community-wide talent show; the Little Compton Community Center, which received $6,995 to launch the Little Compton Collective Action Network; the Pontiac Village Association in Warwick, which received $5,000 to make the Pontiac Village Park playground more accessible for children with mobility related challenges; and the Narragansett Historical Society, which received $10,000 to install signage that marks the town's history.

Proposals should spark community engagement at the local level, be easily accessible, create new or enhance existing partnerships, be relevant to the particular community, promote the role of shared public spaces as local anchors, be doable and demonstrate a meaningful impact.

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. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $98 million and awarded $76 million in grants last year. Through leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.