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RI Foundation Community Grant Deadline: March 22

[CREDIT: RI Foundation] The Rhode Island Foundation is located at One Union Station in downtown Providence.
[CREDIT: RI Foundation] The Rhode Island Foundation is located at One Union Station in downtown Providence.
[CREDIT: RI Foundation] The Rhode Island Foundation is located at One Union Station in downtown Providence. The deadline to apply for a foundation community grant is March 22.

WARWICK, RI — The RI Foundation Community Grant deadline is March 22 for local libraries, neighborhood groups and nonprofit organizations to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for proposals that bring people together as a community.  

“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, president and CEO of the RI Foundation.

Since launching the Community Grants program in 2016, the Foundation has awarded $3 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.

 In Warwick, previous recipients include the Gamm Theatre for launching the “Community Stage” initiative, Friends of Salter Grove for enclosing the playground and install seating; St. Gregory the Great Church for creating a community garden; the Warwick Public Library for installing StoryWalk® installations at City Park and on the library grounds and the Warwick Boys & Girls Club for the “Kids & Seniors Bridge” program.

 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.

 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. For more information about applying for a Community Grant, visit

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