May 31, 2023

RI Foundation Offering $10,000 Grants for Projects that Bring the Community Together


East Providence, RI -- The Rhode Island Foundation is offering East Providence libraries, neighborhood groups and nonprofit organizations grants of up to $10,000 to fund proposals that bring people together as a community. March 15 is the deadline to apply.

"We are looking for ideas that will enhance the quality of life, build relationships and improve community connections. Our goal is to support work that will enliven neighborhoods, foster dialogue and build lasting bonds," said Jenny Pereira, vice president of grants and community investments.

Previous local winners include the Weaver Library, which received $8,944 to promote its weekly farmers' market; the East Providence Arts Council, which received $15,000 for the Watchemoket Sculpture Garden; Friends of Grassy Plains Park, which received $5,000 to create a community gathering space; the East Providence Historical Society, which received $8,500 for its community garden project; and East Providence Heritage Days, which received $7,500 to support the annual event.

Proposals should spark community engagement at the local level, be easily accessible, create new or enhance existing partnerships, be relevant to the community, promote the role of shared public spaces as local anchors, be doable and demonstrate a meaningful impact.

Priority will be given to proposals that include community support such as matching grants, the participation of volunteers and donated space and other forms of in-kind contributions. Other considerations may include whether projects are led by or serve historically marginalized groups, including people who identify as Asian, Black, Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous or multiracial.

While both new initiatives and enhancements to existing projects are eligible, the grants are intended to support one-time costs and expenses. Applicants will not be eligible for renewed funding for the same project in future years. Capital campaigns, endowments, for-profit entities, individuals, political groups and lobbying efforts are not eligible.

Since launching the Community Grants program in 2016, the Foundation has awarded nearly $2.7 million to hundreds of projects across Rhode Island. Work has ranged from creating performance spaces and urban farms, to hosting neighborhood meals and making historic places and nature preserves more accessible to the public.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Through leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information about applying for a Community Grant, visit


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