What & Who We Fund

Grants are awarded to tax-exempt organizations based in RI for capital projects. Grants are awarded for the purchase of equipment and tangible property and for construction, renovations or the purchase of real estate. Grants are also awarded on a very limited basis for the reduction of indebtedness exclusively related to building acquisition or building improvement.

What We Don’t Fund

    • Grants to Individuals
    • Programming Expenses
    • Operating Expenses
    • Endowments
    • Master Plans & Studies
    • Software Licenses
    • Signage
    • Municipal Animal Shelters, Fire & Police Departments, Parks or Playgrounds (501(c)(3) “Friends” organizations are welcome to apply)
    • Volunteer Fire, Rescue & Ambulance Companies
    • Memorials & Statues
    • Day Care Centers, Preschools & Elementary Schools
    • Housing Authorities
    • Construction of New Housing or Expansion of Existing Housing

Challenge Grants

Challenge grants, provided to enable organizations to leverage Champlin funding to secure matching donations, are considered on a highly limited basis at the discretion of the Distribution Committee. Those seeking consideration for a challenge grant are strongly advised to make this known in January of the given year. An Executive staff assessment will then be made as to whether the organization should move forward with a formal request to be reviewed by the Distribution Committee.

Feasibility Studies

It is our policy generally not to participate in feasibility studies to assess the potential success of a fundraising campaign that includes support from the Champlin Foundation. The rationale for this approach is that the success of a fundraising campaign should not hinge on Champlin participation.

Fiscal Agents

In rare cases, The Champlin Foundation will accept applications from organizations using fiscal agents. Any applicant hoping to use a fiscal agent is encouraged to contact Champlin prior to March 1st so an assessment can be made as to whether the organization should move forward with a formal request to be reviewed by the Distribution Committee. If an organization applies using a fiscal agent, they must adhere to the following guidelines:


    • There must be a clear nexus between the mission of the fiscal agent and the mission of the applicant.
    • The fiscal agent must be a previous grantee of The Champlin Foundation.
    • The applicant must be in the process of obtaining their own 501(c)(3) or have a valid reason for not pursuing it at this time.
    • The fiscal agent must be a 501(c)(3) in good standing.
    • Champlin funding may not be used toward any management fee charged by the fiscal agent.

The applicant must upload with their application a copy of the fiscal agent’s most current IRS 501(c)(3) Determination Letter, as well as a signed letter from the fiscal agent agreeing to serve in this capacity. If approved, the fiscal agent will be bound by the terms and conditions of The Champlin Foundation’s standard grant agreement.