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Herman H. Rose Civic, Cultural and Media Access Fund Grants

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Libraries to Increase Information Access and Sharing

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Rhode Island Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 Midnight EST

Description:

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Grants to Rhode Island civic, literacy, and cultural organizations, libraries, and government agencies to increase access to information and encourage dialogue about contemporary topics. Some applicants may be required to participate in an on-site consultation prior to the application deadline.

The Fund offers two grant opportunities:

Media Project Grants should assure greater access to information by targeted individuals. 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).

Proposals which have designated donations from individual board members will be given higher priority. Preference will be given to applicants whose board members provide matching funds.

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 the acquisition of equipment, special collections, or more books, publications, and holdings in other media.

Applicants must suggest the challenge. Applications must be submitted each year prior to the initiation of the campaign being challenged. 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. The Fund will not be the sole funder or first contributor to a campaign. Applicants must demonstrate commitments from other sources for this project.

Applicants will not be in competition with other applicants. All properly fashioned campaigns for which a completed application has been approved will receive funds.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176901

Estimated Size of Grant:

Media Project Grants:
- For requests $500 to $1,799: The grant may cover up to 60% of the total project cost.
- For requests $1,800 to $2,800: The grant may cover up to 50% of the total project cost.
- For requests up to $4,000: The grant may cover up to 40% of the total project cost.

Library Challenge Grants: Grant amounts ranging from $500 to $2,800 will be negotiated in a discussion with the Foundation after applications are received. Maximum awards will be based on previous year’s involvement.

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any Rhode Island nonprofit or municipal agency may apply for a project grant. Typical applicants are consortia developed around a particular concern, libraries, etc.

Media Project Grants: Any nonprofit or municipal agency may apply for a project grant.

Challenge Grants: Any Rhode Island library or library support organization with 501(c)(3) status or statement of standing as a municipal agency may apply.

While the Foundation asks that organizations limit their submissions to the Fund to one application per year, this does not limit an organization from applying to other funds administered by the Foundation.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline:
For both grant categories, applications must be submitted by midnight (EST) on January 15, 2021.

Please note that no assistance will be available after 5 p.m. (EST) on January 10, 2020.

First time applicants must complete the first-time applicant form, available in the Supporting Documents field below.

There are several levels of matching grants. Requirements for Media Project Grant applications are as follows:
- For requests of $500 to $1,799: Agency must obtain 40% through other funding, matched funding, in-kind services (i.e., staff time), agency funds or funds from at least one external donor. Preference will be given to applicants whose board members provide matching funds.

- For requests of $1,800 to $2,800: Agency must obtain 50% through other funding, matched funding, in-kind services (i.e., staff time), agency funds or funds from at least one external donor. Preference will be given to applicants whose board members provide matching funds.

- For requests up to $4,000: Agency must obtain 60% through other funding, matched funding, in-kind services (i.e., staff time), agency funds or funds from at least one external donor. Preference will be given to applicants whose board members provide matching funds.

Contact Information:

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

To apply online: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_5741?SA=AM

Kelly Riley, Donor Services Administrator
kriley@rifoundation.org
(401) 427-4028

One Union Station
Providence, RI 02903

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