RIF: Strategic Initiative Grants

Rhode Island Foundation

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Grant amount: More than US $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit Public Elementary / Secondary School College / University

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Rhode Island

Location of residency: Rhode Island

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Strategic Initiative Grants support programs that align with our strategic priorities - economic security, educational success, and healthy lives.

What We Fund

Strategic Initiative Grants are awarded for work that will advance our three strategic priorities, and ultimately that will promote prosperity, productivity, and quality of life for all Rhode Islanders. 

For each strategic priority, we have developed a set of impact targets, strategies, and activities that we believe our available grant resources can most effectively address.

Economic Security

Our economic security investments are aimed at long term, demonstrable improvements in household financial stability and household wealth. We will work to reduce disparities in these measures and will focus on three specific strategies in economic security - effective workforce development, small business growth, and high opportunity clusters.

Educational Success

Our educational success investments are aimed at long-term improvements in student outcomes, the quality of educational environments, and coordination within and across the sector. We will work to reduce disparities in these outcomes and will focus on three specific strategies in educational success - improved student learning experiences, strengthened educator capacity and leadership, improved coordination within and across the sector.

Healthy Lives

Our health investments are aimed at improving health outcomes for Rhode Islanders, providing better care, and lowering costs. We seek health equity across race, ethnicity, income, and geography. To get there we will focus on three strategies - increased primary care access, utilization, and quality, expanded alternative care models and collaborations to address the social determinants of health, and promoting system reform that is consistent with improving patient experience, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare. 

We make Strategic Initiative Grants for program support, organizational development and capacity building efforts, and advocacy or systems reform initiatives. We provide general operating support to organizations that are central to progress in one or more of the three strategic priorities described above. Typically, consideration of funding for general operating support is by invitation only. 

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


  • Strategy Initiative Grants are awarded for charitable purposes primarily to nonprofit organizations or public entities.


  • The Foundation does not fund individuals.
  • We rarely commit to multi-year grant awards.
  • We do not award grants to applicants or for programs that have a policy that discriminates against any person or group in any way that is either unlawful or inconsistent with the mission or values of the Foundation.
  • Applications will not be considered from organizations with overdue grant reports.