Request for Proposals

United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) is accepting applications for the 2019 Olneyville Community Fund, in which UWRI will award $150,000 in grants to agencies that specifically serve Olneyville.

As a member of this community, UWRI continues to invest in programs designed to improve the neighborhood and support the people who live here. Through the Olneyville Community Fund, UWRI has awarded nearly $1 million to organizations in our neighborhood over the past 12 years.


The purpose of the Olneyville Community Fund is to address structural differences such as income, employment, housing, education, and environment that are known determinants to health, functioning, and quality of life outcomes for those who live and work in the Olneyville Community.

Preference will be given to applications that align with UWRI’s core strategies, but other proposals will also be considered.

Core Outcomes Measured

Successful applicants must complete a report at the end of one year, describing outcome areas relevant to the proposal, such as:

  • Financial stability and credit building for families.
  • Housing stability for families.
  • Education stability for families.
  • Afterschool stability for children and their families.

Examples of specific outcomes:

  • The number of individuals in a family who’ve shown an increase in income, financial management knowledge, and improved credit scores.
  • The number of families served whose housing remained stable for one year.
  • The number of children served who remained in their school of origin during the grant period.

Examples of specific outputs:

  • The number of children engaged in high quality afterschool and summer programming.
  • The number of youth hired to work during the grant period.


Organizations are invited to apply if they:

  • Have a letter of determination of 501(c)(3) status from the IRS, or have a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) status.
  • Are located in the Olneyville community, and/or propose a project that specifically serves Olneyville.
  • Will utilize funding within the grant cycle: July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

Funding Categories

An organization may submit one program proposal per grant cycle; the proposal must align with one of the following four categories:

  1. Program Delivery:
    • Proposals to support direct-service programming that benefits the Olneyville Community or its residents.
    • The maximum request per proposal is $20,000.
  2. Capacity Building:
    • Proposals include strategic planning costs, financial reviews, consultant fees, and professional development for staff.
    • Must support organizational efforts targeting Olneyville.
    • Organizations located outside Olneyville are only eligible if the proposal will increase their capacity to serve the Olneyville community specifically.
    • The maximum request per proposal is $10,000.
  3. Capital Projects:
    • Proposals for time-limited efforts to improve physical spaces, equipment, or environments.
    • Limited to improvements to public spaces in Olneyville, or improvements needed to advance programs serving the Olneyville community.
    • The maximum request per proposal is $10,000.
  4. Events:
    • Proposals to support Olneyville Community events.
    • The maximum request per proposal is $5,000.

  • The deadline for submitting proposals is 1:00 pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.
  • Funding decisions will be announced on Friday, June 14, 2019.
  • Funded programs will begin receiving disbursements in July 2019.

Grantee Requirements

If funded, grantee agencies will be required to:

  • Acknowledge UWRI as a funding partner on all promotional materials related to the grant.
  • Complete at least one site visit with UWRI staff to report progress and share successes and challenges during the grant period.
  • Submit a final report to UWRI summarizing activities and reporting relevant outcomes.

How to Apply
  1. Request access to the application portal: Online Portal Access Request.
  2. Submit your proposal by 1 pm on Tuesday, May 28; late and incomplete proposals will not be considered for funding.

For more information, please contact Larry Warner, Director of Grants and Strategic Initiatives.