Food and Housing Security Grants

With generous and dedicated co-funding from an anonymous donor, the Rhode Island Foundation is now accepting applications for this Food and Housing Security Program.

The program aims to fund local nonprofit organizations that provide housing and/or programming that helps to end food insecurity for Rhode Island’s most vulnerable populations. The pilot program will consider funding requests for both operations, and direct, basic needs assistance to agencies that prioritize service to children, the elderly, the homeless, or poor – particularly as they seek housing and food. The program will also consider requests for funding assistance with paying for utilities, purchasing clothing, and prescription assistance. 

2019 Application Deadline:

  • March 29

  • September 6 

Focus Areas:

  • Housing and food insecurity
  • Organizations serving children, elderly, the homeless or poor
  • Also support efforts specific to utilities assistance, clothing and prescription/medical assistance


  • Grant funding amounts will be linked to both service provided and the number of individuals reached and can range from $10,000 to $150,000. 
  • Agencies and/or collaborations with a statewide reach will be eligible for grants of $50,000 and higher.
  • Smaller agencies serving a distinct geographic area will be eligible for grants of $50,000 or less. 

Funding Priorities:

  • Statewide programs or efforts that have a strong geographic or community focus
  • Collaborations, especially regional ones 
  • Requests for children and the homeless populations 
  • Agencies with adequate capacity to deliver services


  • Rhode Island based/serving agencies
  • Must address housing, food insecurity or other basic needs
  • Agencies that request general operating funds must have, and share, a strategic plan or business plan
  • Must serve vulnerable populations
  • Must have other funding for direct, basic needs

To Apply:

A complete application includes:

*If you already have started this online application, please log in to your account using the link in "Here to Help" at left.


LocationOne Union Station
Providence, RI 02903


(401) 274-4564

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