RI Foundation Sets Dec. 11 Deadline for $300,000 Innovation Grant Applications

Wednesday, December 09, 2015


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Rhode Island Foundation President and CEO Neil Steinberg.

The Rhode Island Foundation has set Friday, December 11th as the deadline to apply for a $300,000 innovation grant.

The grants will award two applicants up to $300,000 apiece over a three year period to develop, test and implement innovative proposals that have potential to improve life in Rhode Island. Past winners include a culinary marketplace, digital textile printing facility,  an art cinema center and mussel farm.

“This program enhances Rhode Island’s reputation as a place of innovation and ingenuity. We thank Letitia and John Carter for having the vision to encourage bold thinkers to bring their best ideas to life,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO.

This marks the 5th round of funding.

The Selection Process

Those applying do not have to be residents, however, they must commit to living in Rhode island during the term of the fellowship, if they are selected.

There is a one page initial application will ask the applicants to summarize their proposed innovation in no more than a few hundred words and to describe how the innovation would help Rhode Islanders.

The application can be found here.  

In February 2016, the selection panel will ask a group of semi-finalists to submit a more detailed application as well as a short video.

Preference will be given to proposals that promise the greatest good for the greatest number of Rhode Islanders.

The Foundation expects to announce the winners in April.

The RI Foundation

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. The Foundation awarded $34.8 million in grants to organizations addressing pressing issues in 2014.

Click here for more information.


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