Grants of up to $10,000 to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations and municipal agencies in eligible areas to benefit local communities. Funding is intended for projects where a small amount of money may be used strategically to serve the residents of the region. Projects must benefit Newport County residents.
Program focus and 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 Newport County Fund 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
A plan for the long-term sustainability of the program or project
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
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, performances, 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.
Applications must be submitted by midnight (EST) on February 9, 2023.
Please note that no technical assistance will be available after 5 p.m. (EST). Funding requests must be for activities that will commence in late May 2023, or later, as notification to applicants will occur in mid-May.
Applications are available six weeks prior to the deadline.
Estimated Size of Grant
Grants from the Newport County Fund range from $1,000 to $10,000.
Term of Contract
Grants are awarded annually, on a year-to-year basis. Successful projects may reapply for additional funding, but the Newport County Fund does not make multi-year commitments.