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

Access For All Abilities (AAA) Mini-Grant


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
Rhode Island College - Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
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Geographic Focus
USA: Rhode Island

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/31/23 Electronic Receipt, Postmarked, or Delivered Save

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. Priority will be given to applications submitted by businesses or organizations that demonstrate a high degree of engagement with minority communities or diverse populations (e.g., veterans, refugees, L.G.B.T.Q.I.A+).

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

  • Degree to which the applicant provides social, leisure, recreational, and/or cultural activities to the public.
  • Degree to which proposal will result in increased participation or access of people with disabilities in leisure, recreational and/or cultural activities provided by the business/organization.
  • Degree to which the applicant engages with diverse populations or communities.
  • 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 and to evaluate the impact of the project.
  • The proposal demonstrates sufficient resources to implement the proposed project within one year of receipt of the grant award.

Examples of the type of projects that may be funded include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Purchase or development of specialized equipment or product to enable or enhance accessibility.
  • Technical assistance or specific skills training.
  • Scholarships or reduced fees.
  • Modifications to an existing space or materials.
  • Funding of an initial but measurable 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.


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

Entities whose primary missions or client base is disability focused are not eligible for a grant award, however, are encouraged to support eligible businesses and organizations to develop a proposal that meets the established criteria.

Rhode Island College departments are not eligible to apply.

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
Grant applicants must submit a complete application online, postmarked, faxed or in-person, by 3/31/2023.

The Sherlock Center will notify recipients by May 1st.

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.

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:

For help or to request materials in an alternate format or language, contact Crystal Cerullo at 401-456-8915 or email

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Rhode Island College
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908-1991

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