Newport County Fund
Small Grants

The Newport County Fund (NCF) 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

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 the intent of the NCF grant program to serve one or more of the communities in Newport County
  • Focus on a significant problem or opportunity in the county
  • Strategic partnerships or collaboration
  • Proven or innovative in approach
  • Capacity and leadership to complete the proposed work
  • Measurable results
  • A plan for long-term sustainability of the program or project


Nonprofit, 501(c) organizations and municipal departments located and operating in Newport County are eligible to apply. Organizations that provide services or programs in Newport County also are eligible.

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.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by midnight (EST) on February 15, 2018. Please note that no assistance will be available after 5 p.m. (EST).

To Apply

A complete application includes:

  • online application form
    To access an application that is in progress, please use the "Here to Help" link at left.
  • project budget form
  • list of board of directors
  • organization's operating budget
  • 501(c) documentation (for new applicants only)
  • scope of work (for organizations requesting funding for consultant services only) 

*If you already have started this online application, please log in to our account page to edit the application that is in progress.

The NCF advisory committee will review all applications and make recommendations about grant support. Applicants will be notified of the decision in mid to late May. 


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Providence, RI 02903


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