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Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits, Agencies, and Businesses for Accessible Social and Recreational Activities


Geographic Focus

USA: Rhode Island

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Access For All Abilities (AAA) Mini-Grant

Rhode Island College - Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #158527

Grant Description

Grants of up to $2,500 to Rhode Island nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses to improve access to social, recreational, leisure, and cultural activities for people of all abilities. Funding is intended to foster increased access to typical public activities for people with disabilities.

A panel of representatives from the Sherlock Center, including individuals with disabilities, will evaluate applications according to the following criteria:

  • The business or organization provides social, leisure, recreational, and/or cultural activities to the public.
  • The proposal demonstrates sufficient resources to implement the proposed project within one year from receipt of the grant award.
  • Degree to which proposal will result in increased participation of people with disabilities in typical leisure, recreational and/or cultural activities alongside the public.
  • Degree to which proposal meets a demonstrated or unmet need.
  • Degree to which the proposed project demonstrates sustainability or long-term impact.
  • The proposal demonstrates an effective plan for outreach to people with disabilities to engage with the activities available at the business or organization. Applicants may use a portion of the funds requested for outreach.

Examples of supportable projects include: Purchase or development of specialized equipment or product to enable or enhance accessibility; sensitivity or specific skills training for employees to better support and engage with customers who have disabilities; modifications to an existing space or activity to accommodate people with disabilities; funding of an initial stage of a larger project (e.g., architectural plan), etc. Applicants may propose combining funds from other sources to support a larger project that meets the required one-year timeframe for completion. 

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Businesses and organizations that engage the public in social, leisure, recreational, and/or cultural activities
are eligible to apply. Eligible entities include non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, and city or town government agencies in Rhode Island or primarily serving Rhode Island communities.

Note: Entities whose primary missions or client base is disability-focused are not eligible for an Access for All Abilities grant. Such entities, however, are encouraged to support eligible businesses and organizations to develop a proposal that meets the established criteria.

Rhode Island College departments not eligible to apply.

AAA Grants Will Not Fund:

- A new or current service or program that is designed to primarily or only engage people with disabilities
(e.g., karate for kids with autism, dance classes for adults with disabilities, hiking for the visually impaired)
- A service or product that will only benefit a single individual (e.g., equipment needing to be custom fit for a particular person, funding a one-on-one assistant) or only people with disabilities served by one specific program or organization.
- A service or program focused on employment or the development of employment-related skills (e.g., training programs, volunteer activities).
- A service or program focused on education or academic training.

Pre-Application Information:

The Sherlock Center is accepting applications for the 2019 grant cycle using the online application form. Applicants may also submit a proposal in-person or by mail or fax. The submission deadline is October 25, 2019.

The Sherlock Center will notify recipients by November 15, 2019.

The Sherlock Center will request that each grant recipient submit an invoice for the funds awarded and
will subsequently issue a check within 4-6 weeks.

If you have questions or need an alternative application format, please contact Bernice Panicci (see Contact Information below).

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are for up to $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Applicants must demonstrate in their proposals sufficient resources to complete the proposed project within one year from receipt of the grant award.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

Bernice Panicci, Data Management Specialist
Phone: 401-456-4773
Fax: (401) 456-8150

600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908-1991

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