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2021 Crush COVID Mini-Grant Program

Grants to Rhode Island Community and Faith-Based Organizations for
Programs that Promote Health Guidelines During the COVID-19 Crisis

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Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) - Health Equity Institute

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Deadline Date:

03/04/21 4:30 PM EST


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Grants and in-kind support to Rhode Island community and faith-based organizations to promote health guidelines during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended to support programs that promote the importance of social distancing, proper hygiene, masks, social gathering limitations, COVID testing, and vaccinations. In addition to the cash grants, RIDOH will provide training, technical assistance, educational materials, and reusable cloth masks. Priority will be given to populations disproportionately impacted by the crisis, as well as to the high-density communities of Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls.

Applicants must propose activities that use all the public health COVID-19 mitigation strategies listed in the Scope of Work in the RFP into their projects (see Projects that do not include all the required public health strategies will not be considered.  

Funded projects will:

  • Promote the availability and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, and teach the community how, where, and why to get them, using RIDOH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) communications materials.
  • Teach the community about the benefits of testing and rapid treatment for COVID-19 to reduce the need for hospitalization, and avoid serious illness, using RIDOH and CDC communication materials. 
  • Hand out as many masks to community members as possible (at least 150 per week, and at least 1,800 over the course of the project) and encourage mask wearing as a form of protecting all members of the community. 
  • Teach the community about the importance of hand sanitizing and keeping physical distance from others outside of those they live with. 
  • Educate community members about how physical distancing can prevent infections and save lives.
  •  Teach people why they need to limit the number of people at social gatherings, and how to limit their close contacts to lower their risks of infection
  • Help to distribute cleaning supplies and coach people on the proper use of cleaning and disinfecting supplies. 

For examples of each of the above types of activities, see

RIDOH will fund well-designed projects that improve the health and wellness of families and communities. Proposed activities should appeal to stakeholders, members, or communities. RIDOH will provide the training and technical assistance about why these activities are so important, and how to share that information with others. RIDOH will also provide adult sized masks to all who receive funding.

Each 12-week project must be designed by the applicants to effectively reach the cultural or affinity populations that they currently serve. Applicants must identify the specific cultural, affinity, or faithbased populations they will reach via their projects and demonstrate that they have existing relationships with these populations.

For eligible expenses, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 191690

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Number of Grants:

45-50 mini grants will be awarded, depending on available funding and amount of funding requested.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Mini-grants will range from $1,500 to $4,975.
- In addition, RIDOH will provide training, technical assistance, educational materials, and reusable cloth masks.

Term of Contract:

The project period is projected to be April 5, 2021 through June 28, 2021 (12 weeks). RIDOH reserves the right to extend or shorten the project period as needed to achieve its goals. Projects will officially begin on either April 5, 2021 or on the date when a purchase order is issued to authorize the work. Applicants agree to be flexible about project implementation date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Rhode Island community-based organizations serving populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19
- Faith-based organizations in Rhode Island
- Organizations Serving High-Density Communities in Rhode Island (Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls)

Three categories of organizations are eligible to apply:
- Faith-based community organizations or places of worship: includes churches, temples, mosques, congregations, meeting houses, religious societies or alliances, charitable organizations with religious affiliations, and other types of faith-basedcommunities
- Cultural communities: includes, but is not limited to, communities advocating for the differently-abled, indigenous communities, ethnic cultural communities, interfaith communities, and sexual and gender minority communities
- Affinity-based communities: includes, but is not limited to, public housing authorities and their residents’ councils, recreation groups, scouting, advocacy-focused entities, arts organizations, professional associations, neighborhood associations, and community gardens

Service to High-Density Communities:
- 70% of these mini-grants will be awarded to organizations with projects providing substantial support to residents of Providence, Central Falls, and Pawtucket.
- Priority will be given to projects deemed likely to successfully reach populations with disproportionate levels of COVID-19 risk (such as people with disabilities, immigrant or refugee families, Latinx communities, faith-based communities that are still meeting in person, sexual and gender minorities, homeless and housing insecure individuals and families, food insecure individuals and families, the uninsured and underinsured, etc.).
- HDC applicants must certify their willingness to work with HEZs (Health Equity Zones) (see

Individuals and for-profit institutions are not eligible for funding.

Indirect costs are not allowed. This includes fiscal sponsor fees, rent, and utilities. Food, beverage, alcohol, and tobacco purchases are also not permitted. For further details on ineligible expenses, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Zoom Technical Assistance Conference will be held on Friday, February 12 from 11 a.m. – 12p.m. to answer any questions.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline for applications: 4:30 p.m. EST on March 4, 2021.
- Successful applicants notified prior to purchase order issuance: March 8-12, 2021
- Purchase orders issued/ project starts: Projected by April 5, 2021 (after RIDOH sends the purchase order)
- Project close date: June 28, 2021
- Final reports and invoices due to RIDOH: By July 9, 2021

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

In-kind match is strongly encouraged but not required.

Mandatory Orientation Meeting for Successful Applicants: All funded projects must agree to send appropriate personnel to a one-hour mandatory orientation meeting. Non-attendance may result in cancellation of your project. Applicants will be given three dates to choose from.

Organizations that successfully completed one or more Crush COVID mini-grant projects in 2020 are eligible to apply for new projects.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please email (preferred) or mail application to:

C. Kelly Smith, MSW
3 Capitol Hill, room 409
Providence, RI 02908


Telephone: 401-222-7899

Please email any specific questions on budgeting to the above email.

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