Outreach Grants For Census Participation

An undercount in the upcoming census could have serious ramifications: we could lose a congressional seat and we could lose out on federal funding.

The Rhode Island Foundation is offering local organizations grants of up to $25,000 for programs that will encourage people to participate in the 2020 Census. Libraries, churches, nonprofits and community groups can find out how to apply at an information session next Thursday at the Nonviolence Institute.

Rhode Island-based nonprofit organizations, municipal governments, public agencies like libraries or schools, houses of worship and community groups are eligible to apply for Census 2020 Outreach Grants of between $1,000 and $25,000. The grants are intended to support one-time or periodic activities to raise awareness about the Census. Proposals must focus on a specific demographic community or geographic area in Rhode Island at risk of being undercounted.

The grants are available statewide, but target the hard-to-count Census tracts that are clustered in greater Providence as well as hard-to-count populations such as low-income households, households with young children and households of color.

A total of $425,000 in grants is available. The program will be administered by the Rhode Island Foundation, with applications reviewed by a committee of community members. There will be two rounds of funding. Application deadlines are Monday, November 25, and Friday, January 31, 2020. Register here.

Information session, 5:30pm to 7pm, Thursday, November 7, Nonviolence Institute, 265 Oxford Street, (directions),

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