Helping Rhode Island recover.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way of Rhode Island is taking steps to balance support for urgent community concerns with strategies for moving toward recovery and resilience. Recognizing the immense needs in our state — as well as the underlying pandemics of racism and social inequality that COVID-19 has revealed — we created the Rhode Island Recovers fund to support nonprofits helping their communities rebuild.
More specifically, priority was given to:
- Efforts that are led by or benefit communities of color or other vulnerable groups.
- Nonprofits with limited philanthropic support.
- Communities most impacted by COVID-19.
More than 160 grant applications, totaling $878,359, were received. 47 grants, totaling $600,000, were awarded.
While the request for proposals was open to nonprofits located throughout Rhode Island, the majority of grantees are located in Providence County.
Grantees with boards comprised of 50% or more BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) were awarded $167,000, or 28% of the total amount awarded.
Grantees with senior leadership comprised of 60% or more BIPOC were awarded $202,000, or 33.7% of the total amount awarded.
Maintaining staff is a top priority for Rhode Island Recovers grantees. Of the total amount requested, $450,347 (51.5%) was requested for personnel; $290,782 (33.2%) for direct client services; and $133,772 (15.2%) for operational support.
Funding Needs Ranked
Among grantees, the top funding needs were operational (including personnel), community assistance, and multiple community needs.
Grantees deliver a variety of services to communities in Providence County and throughout the state. The top services provided include children and youth education, adult education and workforce development, and advocacy.
United Way of Rhode Island’s Community Impact Fund powers life-changing programs throughout our state.