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Access For All Abilities (AAA) Mini-Grant

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Rhode Island College - Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

Deadline Date:

07/21/17 Electronic Receipt or Postmarked


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Rhode Island nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses for social, recreational, leisure, and cultural activities that will improve access for all abilities in communities. The purpose of funding is to increase access for people with disabilities to more easily participate in public activities.

The following criteria will be evaluated:

- Degree to which proposal will result in increased participation of people with disabilities in typical leisure, recreational, and cultural activities alongside the general public.
- Degree to which proposed strategies or projects demonstrate sustainability.
- Degree to which proposal meets a demonstrated or unmet need.
- Degree to which the business or organization will have sufficient funding to implement the proposed activities upon receipt of grant funds.
- Degree to which proposed activities will be implemented within one year from receipt of grant funds.
- Creative and innovative ideas for combining grant funds with other existing resources for maximum impact.
- Presence of an effective plan for outreach to people with disabilities which includes marketing strategies promoting the increased accessibility. 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 enhance accessibility; sensitivity or specific skill training for employees; modifications to an existing activity to accommodate people with disabilities; seed money for a larger project or strategic planning. These are just a few suggestions. Applicants are encouraged to be creative.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158527

Number of Grants:

Up to 4

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are for up to $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Project must be completed within one year of the grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

AAA Grant applicants must be businesses or organizations currently offering social, leisure, recreational, and/or cultural activities to the general public in Rhode Island. Non-profit organizations, businesses, and city or town government agencies which serve the general public are encouraged to apply. However, entities, organizations, or programs whose primary missions are disability-focused are not eligible for AAA grants.

Rhode Island College departments are not eligible to apply.

AAA Grants Will Not Fund:

- A service or program designed specifically for individuals with disabilities (e.g., “karate for kids with autism,” “dance classes for adults with disabilities,” “hiking for the visually impaired,” etc.)
- Activities that will primarily be attended by individuals with disabilities.
- Proposals from entities, organizations, or programs whose primary mission or client base is disability focused.(However, such entities are encouraged to work with local business on developing a proposal that meets the established criteria for an award.)
- A service or product which will only benefit a single individual (e.g., equipment needing to be custom fit for a particular person, funding a one-on-one assistant, etc.) or a single disability focused program or organization.
- A service or program focused on employment or the development of employment-related skills.

Pre-Application Information:

The submission deadline Friday, July 21, 2017. Grant award notifications will be provided by August 18, 2017. Grant funds will be issued by mid-September.

The Sherlock Center prefers that applications be submitted using the Online Grant Application form.

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

All grant proposals must be submitted online, postmarked, or faxed by the submission deadline.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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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Geographic Focus:

USA: Rhode Island