Rhode Island Foundation announces COVID-19 Response Fund Grants
The Rhode Island Foundation and United Way of Rhode Island are seeking applications for its COVID-19 Response Fund Grants to support Rhode Island nonprofit organizations at the forefront of COVID-19 response.
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Grants will be awarded to:
Support nonprofit organizations providing direct assistance to Rhode Islanders with financial need or demonstrable hardship resulting from COVID-19.
Provide operating support to nonprofit organizations that are meeting community needs resulting from COVID-19, and are in financial distress.
The grants will aim to complement the work of public health officials by expanding local capacity to address the outbreak’s social, health, and economic impacts in the short and long term.
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Grant awards will vary in size, they anticipate most will fall within the $10,000 and $75,000 range. Grant terms may be variable depending on organizational need and the scope of crisis response.
Organizations can apply any time. It is likely that organizations will only be eligible for one COVID-19 Response Fund Grant per calendar year, though that may vary as response and recovery efforts continue.
Rhode Island Foundation and United Way of Rhode Island have formed a joint grants review team to review initial crisis applications in real-time.
What will be funded and what won’t
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COVID-19 Response Fund Grants will be awarded to support nonprofit organizations providing direct assistance to Rhode Islanders with financial need or demonstrable hardship resulting from COVID-19 and not otherwise covered by other resources. This may include organizations that supply basic needs to Rhode Islanders, including but not limited to, food, relief from rent and other household expenses, and access to healthcare.
COVID-19 Response Fund Grants will also be awarded to provide operating support to nonprofit organizations that are meeting community needs resulting from COVID-19, and are in financial distress.
This program will not fund individuals, event sponsorships, or capital projects.
The Foundation recognizes there are meaningful efforts and entities without a 501(c)(3) IRS designation whose work aligns with this program. In these cases, they will consider grant applications from groups utilizing a fiscal sponsor that does have a 501(c)(3) IRS designation.
For more information, visit https://rifoundation.org/grant/covid-19-response-fund-grants