COVID-19 Response Fund Grants


Local nonprofit organizations at the forefront of the COVID-19 response can now apply for funding from the COVID-19 Response Fund.

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Grant awards will vary in size, most falling within the $10,000 to $75,000 range and will aim to complement the work of public health officials by expanding local capacity to address the outbreak’s social, health, and economic impacts in the short and long term.

Specifically, COVID-19 Response Fund Grants will be awarded to support nonprofit organizations providing direct assistance to Rhode Islanders with financial need or demonstrable hardship resulting from COVID-19 and not otherwise covered by other resources.

This may include organizations that supply basic needs to Rhode Islanders, including but not limited to, food, relief from rent and other household expenses, and access to healthcare.

COVID-19 Response Fund Grants will also be awarded to provide operating support to nonprofit organizations that are meeting community needs resulting from COVID-19, and are in financial distress.

This program will not fund individuals, event sponsorships, or capital projects.

Rhode Island Foundation and United Way of Rhode Island have formed a joint grants review team to review initial crisis applications in real-time. The committee will convene on a weekly basis to make awards, beginning the week of March 23, 2020.