About Our Grants

Grant applications should be submitted by interested organizations after reviewing the guidelines for Grant Awards and determining that you are a qualified charitable organization. It is the policy of the Trust to review all submissions and consider them with particular regard given to the program purpose as defined in your application.

Ocean State Charities Trust will select from among those Applications that respond to priority needs in the Rhode Island Community and are within limits of financial assistance available for distribution by the Trust. Applications will be considered for grant awards by the Board of Trustees twice a year, generally MAY and NOVEMBER. Your organization should plan to have your application completed no later than FEBRUARY 1 for MAY funding and AUGUST 1 for NOVEMBER funding. Applications completed after those dates will be considered for the next funding cycle.

In addition to the completed online application the following paperwork is required:

  • Email a copy of your organization’s 501(c)(3) determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service including your Employer Identification Number (EIN) to OSCT at [email protected] or [email protected]
  • Email a copy of your organization’s  audit report, review, compilation or 990 for the past fiscal year, completed by an outside independent accounting agency or CPA to OSCT at [email protected] or [email protected]

The above paperwork must be forwarded to Ocean State Charities Trust after completing the on-line application. The deadline for submission of this paperwork is one month after the deadline for the online application. For example: an online application deadline of February 1st would require the additional paperwork to be sent to Ocean State Charities Trust no later than March 1st.

In the interest of maintaining equal competition for all applicants, any organization that contacts any Trustee by mail, phone or email will be eliminated from consideration.

Those organizations selected to receive grant awards will be required to complete a Grant Evaluation Report six (6) months after receipt of grant. The report should include a completed Grant Evaluation Report form, an itemized list of expenses met with funds received from Ocean State Charities Trust, and copies of paid invoices.

Awarded grants must be spent within one year of the funding date or the funds will be returned to Ocean State Charities Trust.

Thank you for your interest concerning the financial assistance available to qualified charitable organizations from Ocean State Charities Trust.

Continue the application process:

First Time Applicants

Please email either an audit, review, compilation or 990 and 501C3 to OSCT at [email protected] or [email protected]

Please answer a few questions to see if you qualify for a grant from Ocean State Charities Trust. If you qualify, you will be redirected to our online application website where you can create an account and submit your application online.

Returning Applicants

Please email either an audit, review, compilation or 990, you do NOT need to email your 501C3 as we already have it on file.  Email to OSCT at [email protected] or [email protected]

If you’ve applied for a OSCT grant in the past, please visit our online application website and log into your account.