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Centennial Community Grants available for community-making projects
By Toby Shepherd / December 8, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...

In 2016, the Rhode Island Foundation will commemorate 100 years since our founding, and we plan to celebrate each of Rhode Island’s unique thirty-nine cities and towns by funding community-making projects throughout the state. We seek a diverse range of projects that may include improvements to parks, streetscapes, and other public spaces; creative use of art in public spaces; and engaging programming that invites people to experience community in public spaces. We’re calling these Centennial Community Grants. 

Here’s how the program will work. We strive to make at least one gift within each of Rhode Island’s cities and towns. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, municipal governments, and public agencies like libraries or schools. Grants will be made in the range of $5,000 to $15,000. While not required, proposals that demonstrate a local commitment will be considered more competitive for this grant program. Community commitment may be measured by a cash match, committed volunteer time, donated space, or other forms of in-kind contributions.

What characteristics are we looking for in a competitive proposal? Specifically, we’re looking for projects that:

  • Are openly accessible to the community
  • Are relevant and meaningful to the specific community
  • Are doable
  • Are creative and unique
  • Will have a meaningful impact on the people and place
  • Have staying power (i.e. lasting impact)
  • Involve partners
  • Make exceptionally good use of the funds 

Applications are due by February 12 and funding decisions will be announced by April 29. Grant funds must be expended no later than December 31, 2016.  

Ready to apply? Click here to access the Centennial Community Grants application. with any questions.

If you already have started this online application, please log in to YOUR ACCOUNT PAGE to edit the application that is in progress.

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