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Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits to Address Basic Needs

Food Security Grants


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Funding Source
The Rhode Island Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: Rhode Island

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/26/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations to address basic needs. Grant funds may be used for programs and general operations support. Priority will be given to proposals that serve the elderly, children, and homeless populations and proposals that address food insecurity.

Focus areas:

  • Food insecurity
  • Organizations serving children, elderly, or the homeless.

Funding priorities

  • Agencies whose mission is to address food insecurity;
  • Statewide programs or efforts that have a strong geographic or community focus;
  • Collaborations, especially regional ones;
  • Requests for children, elderly and/or the homeless populations; and
  • Agencies with adequate capacity to deliver services.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Eligible organizations must be Rhode Island-based and Rhode Island-serving;
- The proposal must address food insecurity;
- Applying agencies must serve vulnerable populations; and
Please note that the Basic Human Needs, Responsive and Strategic Initiatives grant programs will prioritize organizations who are not receiving funding through the Food Security grant program. Please contact Inés Merchán or your program if you have any questions.

The program does not support:
- Capital expenditures or campaigns
- Endowment funds
- For-profit entities
- Fundraising events
- Individuals
- Lobbying efforts
- Political groups
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Out-of-state agencies

Pre-Application Information

Estimated Size of Grant
- Grant funding amounts will be linked to the number of individuals served and can range from $10,000 to $75,000.
- Agencies and/or collaborations serving a specific city or town will be eligible for grants up to $50,000.
- Agencies and/or collaborations serving multiple communities will be eligible for grants of $75,000.

Contact Information

Inés Merchán, Grant Programs Officer
(401) 427-4034

For issues logging in to the application, contact Grants Database Coordinator, Ian Ross at or (401) 427-4012.

Rhode Island Foundation
One Union Station, Providence, RI 02903
(401) 274-4564

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