Champlin Foundation Traditional Capital Requests

The Champlin Foundation

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Next predicted deadline: Jul 1, 2021

Later predicted deadlines: Jan 15, 2022

Grant amount: Up to US $800,000

Fields of work: Animal Welfare - General Art & Culture Outdoor Recreation Land/Habitat Conservation Parks & Public Spaces Education - Higher Education Education - High School Hospital Care Health Facilities & Clinics Historic Preservation Library Services Human & Social Services Youth Services Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project

Location of project: Rhode Island

Location of residency: Rhode Island

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The Champlin Foundation

Since 1932, The Champlin Foundation has awarded more than $550 million to fund capital projects for Rhode Island non-profit organizations. These investments have fostered better medical care, improved education, expanded access to social services, conservation of open spaces, preservation of historic buildings, enrichment of the arts, advancement of animal welfare and more. Quietly and steadfastly, The Champlin Foundation helps those who do good do more – to the benefit of all.

Areas of Focus

The impact of The Champlin Foundation can be seen in every Rhode Island community. From public libraries, hospitals, schools and colleges, parks, museums to social service organizations and beyond, grants for capital projects have enabled non-profit organizations to provide vital services and support to Rhode Islanders. The focus areas seen below seek to provide the broadest possible impact in improving the lives of Rhode Islanders:

Animal Welfare

Animal welfare, while not a major category, is supported through grants to well established, long-standing organizations dedicated to this cause.

Arts & Culture

Support of the arts and other cultural assets in Rhode Island has over the years included our best-known and not so well known museums, community theaters and local arts organizations.

Conservation & Parks

As the nation’s second most densely populated state, preservation of open space in Rhode Island has always been a top priority for The Champlin Foundation, as well as places that allow for public recreation and enjoyment of the outdoors.


Strengthening public higher and secondary education has been a key priority for The Champlin Foundation reflecting our focus on those schools and institutions that are educating the most Rhode Island students.

Grants made by The Champlin Foundation for technology and equipment are filling a void, as many of these enhancements to education would go largely unmet within usual budgets.

See grant page for Traditional Public Schools grants here


Support of Rhode Island’s hospitals and community health centers has been a major priority for The Champlin Foundation.

Grants to hospitals are designed to improve the level of care available in Rhode Island and to minimize the need to travel out of state for advanced medical treatment.

Another emphasis has been supporting community health centers that provide affordable and accessible care in urban, suburban and rural locations throughout Rhode Island.

Historic Preservation

Rhode Island is a state rich in history; one of the original thirteen colonies and the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. The successful preservation of historic sites, a mission actively supported by The Champlin Foundation, has been one of the main reasons Rhode Island has remained such a beautiful and interesting place to live and visit.

This investment in historic preservation ensures that future generations of our residents and visitors to the state will be able to explore historic landmarks and see the lasting contributions of famous Rhode Islanders.

View grant page for Historic Preservation requests for houses of worship here


Support of libraries has been a cornerstone of Champlin giving, with virtually every public library in Rhode Island benefiting over the years. As library technology has changed, Champlin grants have helped libraries stay on the cutting edge of technology, helping to ensure their continuing role as a vital source of free and easily accessible information for the community.

Social Services

Grants for capital needs allow social services agencies to provide a wide array of services including shelter, food, vocational training, ESL classes, free legal services, and more from Woonsocket to Westerly.

Youth Services

Long time interest in funding organizations serving young people was memorialized as part of a letter dated September 12, 1964 to members of the Distribution Committee from George S. Champlin and his sisters when they wrote, “The future of our state and country will depend on the young people who will eventually be running the country, as well as its industries and making the discoveries and inventions of the future. Whatever can be done to help them develop physically and mentally in the right direction will make this a better place in which to live.”

Their vision continues to be honored today through annual giving in support of Youth Services.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grants are awarded to tax-exempt organizations based in RI for capital projects. Grants are awarded for the purchase of equipment and tangible property and for construction, renovations or the purchase of real estate. Grants are also awarded on a very limited basis for the reduction of indebtedness exclusively related to building acquisition or building improvement.
  • Challenge grants, provided to enable organizations to leverage Champlin funding to secure matching donations, are considered on a highly limited basis at the discretion of the Distribution Committee.
  • The Champlin Foundation will accept applications from houses of worship subject to the terms, conditions and restrictions outlined here:
    • Only Rhode Island churches or houses of worship are eligible to apply.
    • Funding for this program is categorized under “Historic Preservation”, thus only those churches or houses of worship of historic and architectural significance are eligible. Official designation as an historic building or location in an historic district is an important factor but lack thereof shall not necessarily be a disqualification.
    • Applications will only be accepted for requests related to exterior repairs or improvements necessary to maintain the historic and architectural integrity of the building.
    • Churches or houses of worship must be able to demonstrate viability. For example, ongoing regular use of the building, including use by the general community, and support from membership and/or endowment sufficient to enable the coverage of operating expenses will be important considerations.
    • In accordance with Champlin guidelines, applications must relate to capital needs as opposed to general support for operations or programs.


  • What We Don’t Fund
    • Grants to Individuals
    • Programming Expenses
    • Operating Expenses
    • Endowments
    • Master Plans & Studies
    • Software Licenses
    • Signage
    • Municipal Animal Shelters, Fire & Police Departments, Parks or Playgrounds (501(c)(3) “Friends” organizations are welcome to apply)
    • Volunteer Fire, Rescue & Ambulance Companies
    • Memorials & Statues
    • Day Care Centers, Preschools & Elementary Schools
    • Housing Authorities
    • Construction of New Housing or Expansion of Existing Housing
  • Houses of worship:
    • No applications will be accepted for interior repairs or improvements including, but not limited to, fire safety upgrades, handicap accessibility issues or other building mechanicals as these types of items, while important, are not the focus of this program.
    • No church or house of worship will be eligible for grants in consecutive years. In other words, if a grant was awarded during the previous grant cycle, that applicant will be ineligible to apply in the current grant cycle.


This page was last reviewed March 26, 2021 and last updated March 26, 2021