What & Who We Fund

Grants are awarded to tax-exempt organizations, substantially all in Rhode Island, for the purchase of equipment and for construction, renovation or purchase of real estate. Out of state applicants must demonstrate a strong nexus to Rhode Island and its people to be considered. Grants are also awarded on a very limited basis for reduction of indebtedness exclusively related to building acquisition or building improvement.

No grants are awarded for program or operating expenses with the following well established exceptions:

Since 1982, a scholarship program has been funded at Brown University. This program supports graduates of Rhode Island public high schools admitted to Brown. Also, since 1991, a scholarship program has been funded for Rhode Islanders at Brown Medical School regardless of high school or college affiliation.

Since 1991, funds have been awarded to select organizations to provide financial assistance for children who might otherwise not be able to afford summer camp.

Since 2001, annual support for the Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund has been provided through grants to the Rhode Island Bar Foundation for law school scholarships made available to Rhode Island residents.

Since 2002, grants have been made to The Nature Conservancy towards stewardship costs associated with nature preserves acquired largely through prior Champlin grants.

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.

What Are Not Areas of Focus

Permanent Housing
School Playgrounds
Senior Centers

What We Don’t Fund

Grants to Individuals
Grants for Programs
Operating Expenses
Master Plans & Studies
Municipal Animal Shelters
Volunteer Fire/Rescue/Ambulance Companies
Municipal Fire & Police Departments
Housing Authorities

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.