COVID-19 Response Fund awards nearly $1.25 million in first round of grants

Rhode Island Foundation and United Way of Rhode Island have announced the first round of funding for local nonprofit organizations at the forefront of COVID-19 response. Nearly $1.25 million in grants will be distributed in the coming days to 27 local organizations, including some in Providence and the surrounding area.


A joint grants review committee – composed of team members from the Foundation and the United Way – are working together to review applications and make funding decisions in real-time. Additional grants from the fund will continue to be awarded on a rolling basis. Qualifying nonprofit organizations may apply at


Among those receiving grants is the Alliance for Better Long Term Care and Meals on Wheels. The Alliance for Better Long Term Care will use the funds to continue assisting family members and residents residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice remotely. Grant funds will be used to continue and expand Meals on Wheel’s work to keep our state’s homebound older adults well-fed and safe in their own homes.

For a full list of recipients and insight into how they will leverage awarded funds click HERE.