Foundation / Corporation
Rhode Island Foundation
01/11/19 Midnight EST
Grants to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and libraries to expand the role of libraries and literary-focused associations as community centers. Some applicants will be required to participate in an on-site consultation. Funding is intended to strengthen libraries and ensure greater access to information through projects such as archiving materials and disseminating information through the media. Funding is also available to help libraries meet local needs.
Grants are offered in two categories:
1. Media Project Grants
To provide greater access to information through archiving, documenting, displaying, or disseminating information. The goal may be achieved by doing one of the following:
- Archive: Catalog collections of videos, programs, performances, or publications;
- Document: Produce printed materials, DVDs, or other media to stimulate thoughtful discussion;
- Display: Audio-visual, graphic, or combined presentations; or
- Disseminate: Spread information and/or newly produced materials through the media (radio, television, newspapers, or the Internet).
Requirements for Media Project Grant applications are as follows:
- For requests of $500 to $1,799: The grant may cover up to 60% of the total project cost. Agency must obtain the remaining 40% through other funding, matched funding, in-kind services (i.e., staff time), agency funds or funds from at least one external donor.
- For requests of $1,800 to $2,800: The grant may cover up to 50% of the total project cost. Agency must obtain the remaining 50% through other funding, matched funding, in-kind services (i.e., staff time), agency funds or funds from at least one external donor.
- For requests up to $4,000: The grant may cover up to 40% of the total project cost. Agency must obtain the remaining 60% through other funding, matched funding, in-kind services (i.e., staff time), agency funds or funds from at least one external donor.
2. Library Challenge Grants are intended to provide added funding for campaigns planned to meet local needs; i.e., annual fundraising drives or special campaigns directed toward acquisition of equipment, special collections, or more books, publications, and holdings in other media. The intent of these Challenge Grants is to encourage libraries to set monetary targets for their campaigns and to plan their fundraising tactics carefully before approaching the community.
It is up to to the applicant to suggest the challenge. Applications must be submitted each year prior to initiation of the campaign being challenged. Grant amounts ranging from $500 to $2,800 will be negotiated in a discussion with the Foundation after applications are received.
All properly fashioned campaigns for which a completed application has been approved will receive funds.
GrantWatch ID#: 176901
Media Project Grants: $500 - $4,000
Library Challenge Grants: $500 - $2,800
Library Challenge Grants: Initial challenge is for one year only. However, applicants may think of a multi-year progression. Grants to support future years will be “stepped up” if the first-year campaign is successful.
Any nonprofit or municipal agency may apply for a Media Project Grant. Typical applicants are consortia developed around a particular concern, libraries, etc.
In all categories, preference will be given to applicants whose board members provide matching funds.
Challenge Grants to support libraries may be requested by any Rhode Island library or library support organization with 501(c)(3) status or statement of standing as a municipal agency. It is up to you to suggest the challenge.
Applications will not be considered from organizations with overdue grant reports.
Applicants requesting more than $2,800 will require an on-site consultation. Site visits must be scheduled by November 20, 2018 by calling Kelly Riley.
Applications must be submitted by midnight (EST) on January 1, 2019. Please note that no assistance will be available after 5:00 PM (EST).
The Fund will not be the sole funder or first contributor to a campaign. Applicants must demonstrate commitments from other sources for this project. Proposals that have designated donations from individual board members will be given higher priority.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply for a Library Challenge Grant: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_5741?SA=SNA&FID=35121
Apply for a Media Project Grant: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_5741?SA=SNA&FID=35122
Kelly Riley, Donor Services Administrator
Rhode Island Foundation
One Union Station
Providence, RI 02903
USA: Rhode Island