Grant Proposal and Self-Evaluation

In a time of rapidly changing demographics, we retain a strong commitment to serving children of African descent. The theme for our 2023 granting campaign will focus on healing post-pandemic related racial stress and trauma.  Funding will be geared toward programs that are creatively working to close the educational gap and provide mental health relief to our community’s children. The maximum grant awards are up to $10,000.  

The Proposal Review Committee uses these guidelines when evaluating grant applications:

  1. Priority will be given to Organizations & Programs that are led by leaders of color.
  2. Funding is provided to groups that serve children of African descent.
  3. Children to be served should live in the urban centers of RI. The priority is placed by the population of children of color in that location. Please reference the RI 2022 Kids Fact Book: Racial & Ethnic Diversity.
  4. The PSCC serves children through the age of 18
  5. The PSCC funds agencies that provide Cultural, Educational, and Social opportunities as well as cover basic needs expenses.
  6. Preference will be given to programs serving more rather than fewer children (e.g. scholarships for one child are not available)
  7. Approval may also take into consideration the other sources of an agency’s income.
  8. Funding is for services to children, not for equipment or capital improvements

Organizations must apply online through the Rhode Island Foundation’s online application system at the link below. The Shelter has a new online application. You will need to create a new account if you have not done so already. A complete application consists of:

  • an Online Application.
  • a completed Budget Form attached to your online application. Please indicate sources of funding on the form.
  • a completed Self-Evaluation Form attached to your online application (only if you received a grant from the Providence Shelter last year). Proposals will not be considered unless this self-evaluation is submitted. The deadline for self-evaluation is March 31. If the program is not yet completed, please treat this as an interim report.
  • optionally, up to 4 pages of additional supporting materials may be attached to your online application.

Please submit your application and supporting materials electronically and not by mail.

Requests must be completed and submitted by March 31. For general inquiries or content-related questions about the application, please contact Monica Benson at 401.427.4017  or For technical questions, please contact Ian Ross at 401-427-4012 or For questions about The Providence Shelter, contact Kilah Walters-Clinton at

Applicants will be informed of the Proposal Review Committee’s decision after the Shelter’s Annual Meeting in May.

Please be advised that we make these grants based on projected income, therefore funds are generally not immediately available. They are usually disbursed beginning in August following grant approval through March of the following year.

If your program should need funding early in the Shelter’s fiscal year (which begins on May 1st), please include such information in your application.