2019 Community Grants

Community is created at the intersection of people and places. It’s the most tangible place where relationships are formed, challenges are felt, problems are solved. That’s why community-making is important. 


The Foundation’s Community Grants program provides grants up to $10,000 for community-making efforts that make unique and important things happen at this intersection. Since 2016, we have awarded more than $1.1 million to 120 projects across Rhode Island. 

Previous Community Grants have supported community gardens, interpretative signage and walking tours, artistic performances, public art, and little free libraries. For 2019, we are looking for projects that: 

  • Build social networks among neighbors
  • Develop and sustain strong relationships that persist over time and experience 
  • Enhance the role of shared public spaces as community anchors
  • Build stronger connection to place
  • Help people collaborate in order to identify goals, solve problems, or make group decisions
  • Share traditions with community members 

We also consider whether the project will serve marginalized communities and the project’s alignment with available funds.


Nonprofit organizations, municipal governments, public agencies like libraries or schools, and volunteer-led groups such as neighborhood and resident associations are eligible to apply. Organizations that do not have a 501(c)3 IRS designation will require a fiscal sponsor. 

To be eligible, proposals must:

  • Be doable – i.e. they will generate visible results within the next 12 months
  • Have staying power -- i.e. create a lasting impact
  • Be openly accessible to the community
  • Be relevant and meaningful to the specific community
  • Leverage capital (financial, human, and social) from the community – as indicated by a cash match, committed volunteer time, donated space, or other in-kind contributions

Community Grants are intended to support one-time costs and expenses. Applicants will not be eligible for renewed support for the same project in future years. The program does not support:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowment funds
  • For-profit entities
  • Fundraising events
  • Individuals
  • Lobbying efforts
  • Political groups
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes 

Application deadline 

Applications must be submitted by midnight (EST) on March 14, 2019. Please note that no assistance will be available after 5 p.m. (EST).

To apply

Complete this online application.


LocationOne Union Station
Providence, RI 02903


(401) 274-4564

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