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Ocean State Charities Trust Grant

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits for Social
Welfare, Education, Housing, and Health Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Ocean State Charities Trust

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life for local residents. Funded programs and activities should promote social welfare in the State, or assist the people of Rhode Island in the areas of housing, health, education, or similar activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176891

Estimated Size of Grant:

No grant shall exceed $20,000 in any calendar year.

Term of Contract:

Awarded grants must be spent within one year of the funding date or the funds will be returned to Ocean State Charities Trust.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grantees must be charitable organizations qualified under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must present proof thereof. Grantees may not be private foundations or individual persons.

Any 501(C)(3) agency or organization applying to the Trust must be in operation for two consecutive years before applying.

Grantees must be legal entities located in the State of Rhode Island, and be actively engaged in charitable endeavors and activities in the State of Rhode Island.

Regional programs will only be considered for grants if there is a measurable way to monitor and document activity within the State of Rhode Island.

The Trust will not accept applications for 18 months from organizations that had previously been granted funding.

The Trust will not make grants for the purpose of adding to endowment funds, will not make loans, will not make grants to reduce a prior year’s deficit, and will not make grants that will be re-distributed to other charities.

It is the policy of the Trust not to fund regular operating expenses of groups or fund personnel costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be considered for grant awards by the Board of Trustees twice a year, generally May and November. Your organization should plan to have your application completed no later than February 1 for May funding and August 1 for November funding. Applications completed after those dates will be considered for the next funding cycle.

All applications for grants must be processed online.

In the interest of maintaining equal competition for all applicants, any organization that contacts any Trustee by mail, phone or email will be eliminated from consideration.

First Time Applicants
Please answer a few questions ( to see if you qualify for a grant from Ocean State Charities Trust. If you qualify, you will be redirected to the online application website where you can create an account and submit your application online.

The Foundation will consider challenge grants. Challenge Grant Policies may be viewed here:


Contact Information:

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

Application for First Time Applicants:

Application for Returning Applicants:

Ocean State Charities Trust
1005 Main Street, Suite 2123
Pawtucket, RI 02860


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Rhode Island