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van Beuren Charitable Foundation (vBCF) Grant

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits to
Enhance the Local Quality of Life

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Grants to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for programs, projects, and capital that benefit the local community. Focus areas include children and youth, healthy lifestyles, community building and beautification, and economic growth. Funding is intended to enhance the quality of life in Aquidneck Island and Newport County. The Foundation recognizes that communities are part of larger systems and economies and welcomes proposals from outside this region that can make a clear case for the benefit to target communities.

Preference is given to proposals that demonstrate the greatest likelihood of achieving measurable results in the four priority areas. Successful grant applications present a realistic and persuasive case statement describing the positive impact potential funding will have on the targeted constituency or community.
The Foundation's grant making priorities focus on the impact it aspires to make in the community. These grant priority areas are intentionally designed to recognize the connections between education, health, economic development, and place. Emphasis in the grant consideration process will be on the impact the proposed activities will have on one or more of these grant priority areas.  The Foundation is open to innovative and collaborative approaches, encouraging proposals in the discovery, planning and pilot stages. 
Additionally, the Foundation invests in strengthening organizations. Through its programming and grant making, the Foundation seeks to advance the community’s capacity for leadership and best practices needed to thrive and to sustain high-performing nonprofits. 
There are two application options based on the type of request, each having different requirements
  • Program/Project Application Preview
  • Major Construction/Renovations & Capital Campaign Application Preview

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GrantWatch ID#: 181072

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

New applicants and applicants for whom there have been changes must submit their IRS 501(c)3 Tax Determination Letter (not a tax-exempt certificate).

If an organization is serving as a fiscal sponsor for the proposed project, please submit the IRS Determination Letter of the Fiscal Sponsor.

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, for general operating purposes (except on occasion for longstanding partners), to support lobbying, or to attempt to influence legislation.

Pre-Application Information:

The next grant application deadline is June 1, 2021. Applications will be accepted beginning April 16, 2021.

Grant proposals are considered twice a year, in the spring and fall. The application deadlines are January 15 and June 1 or the next business day if the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday. The Foundation’s Board of Directors typically meets in November and May to consider compelling grant requests. A site visit may be required during the review process. Please keep in mind that the entire grant consideration process takes several months.


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