Newport County Fund Small Grants
|NCF grantee Common Fence Music developed Connecting the Beats, an exploration of African and Afro-Caribbean music in Rhode Island, in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County, East Bay Met School, Jamestown Teen Center, and Portsmouth Action for Youth.
The Newport County Fund offers competitive small grants, which range from $1,000 to $10,000. Grants are awarded where a relatively small amount of money can be of strategic assistance to a nonprofit organization serving one or more of the six cities and towns of Newport County.
Program Focus & Priorities
Grants are awarded in one of the following sectors - arts and culture, children and families, education, environment, health, and housing - or other areas of demonstrated need.
The following are among areas where grants may be awarded:
- Project development support for new programs
- Strengthening and/or expanding established community programs and services
- Community or municipal planning and/or leadership
- Policy or advocacy efforts on behalf of community concerns
Successful applications will demonstrate:
- Alignment with NCF’s mission
- Focus on a significant problem or opportunity in the county
- Strategic partnerships or collaboration
- Innovation in approach or project design
- Capacity and leadership to complete the proposed work
- Measurable results
- A plan for long-term sustainability where relevant
Nonprofit, 501(c) organizations and municipal departments located and operating in Newport County are eligible to apply.
The Newport County Fund does not fund individuals or scholarships, capital or endowment efforts, medical research, debt reduction, fundraising events, or campaigns to elect candidates to public office. Grants may support faith-based organizations for secular programs or projects.
As a Foundation-established fund with geographic focus, the Newport County Fund awards grants that serve to supplement, not replace, the Foundation’s current statewide grantmaking programs. Grant support from NCF will not reduce eligibility to apply to the Rhode Island Foundation for other grant support.
Grants are awarded annually, on a year-to-year basis. Successful projects may reapply for additional funding, but NCF does not make multi-year commitments.
Please note: Applications will not be considered from organizations with overdue grant reports.
Applications must be submitted by midnight (EST) on February 18, 2014. Please note that no assistance will be available after 5 p.m. (EST).