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Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits to Advance Economic and Racial Justice


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USA: Rhode Island

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Racial Equity and Social Justice Grants

Rhode Island Foundation

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #206472

Grant Description

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Grants to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations to promote equality and inclusivity throughout the state. Funding is intended for projects to advance economic and racial justice. Priority will be given to organizations working to further social justice and to organizations led by individuals who identify as Black, Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous, and Asian. Additionally, the Foundation will prioritize applications focused on investing in systems, policies, and practices that build wealth and stabilize communities.

The Racial Equity and Social Justice Grants program is intended to address the fundamental causes of systemic racism that impact historically marginalized populations in Rhode Island. The Foundation believes that all Rhode Islanders deserve equal economic and social rights. The state faces an urgent need to be more inclusive and equitable, and this means dismantling long-standing structures that obstruct progress. This program prioritizes organizations and efforts that have consciously strived to dismantle systems of oppression and work towards a more just society.

This request for proposals is meant to support organizations committed – in their mission and work – to ending systemic racism. This program is not intended to support organizations looking to launch an equity initiative or DEI program, or groups or institutions not explicitly focused on racial equity.

The Foundation welcomes proposals that make a strong case for how the work advances racial and economic justice in the following areas:

  • Dismantling barriers that hold inequities in place and works to address the root causes of issues, not just symptoms.
  • Prioritizing real change in policy and systems that address the origins of inequality and inequity, including but not limited to education, economic stability, housing, as well as community and social context.
  • Bringing people together to build power they would not have individually. We prioritize opportunities to support multi-sector partnerships that have strong community engagement, and leadership-driven partnerships that center around equity and have a strong track record of working together.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding will be awarded to Rhode Island-based 501(c)(3) organizations and community groups with a fiscal sponsor that have served Rhode Island for at least one year. Priority will be given to groups that are led by people who identify as Black, Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous and Asian, and those engaged in efforts that are grounded in the needs of diverse communities in Rhode Island.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Two information sessions will be held via zoom for interested organizations; please click the links below to register:

- November 4 Racial Equity and Social Justice Grants Information Session: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

- November 17 Racial Equity and Social Justice Grants Information Session: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Pre-Application Information:

Apply by December 6, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. EST.

Grant program finalists will be invited for an interview by December 31, 2022.

The application process is comprised of two steps: 1) submission of an online application; and 2) application finalists will be invited to an interview.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

Approximately 5-7 grants are expected to be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $200,000 per year

Term of Contract:

Proposals may be for projects that are up to two years in duration.
- Year 1 (January 2023 - December 2023)
- Year 2 (January 2024 – December 2024)

Contact Information:

Online Portal:

Lisa Maddox
Administrative Assistant for ELI
(401) 427-4030
Send email:

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

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