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Access for All Abilities (AAA) Mini Grant Initiative

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The grant program's purpose is to increase access for people with disabilities to social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities offered to the public by Rhode Island businesses and organizations. Non-profit organizations, businesses, and city and town government agencies are encouraged to apply. The Sherlock Center typically awards four grants per cycle for up to $2500 each.


Businesses and organizations that engage the public in social, leisure, recreational, and/or cultural activities are eligible to apply. Eligible entities include non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, and city or town government agencies in Rhode Island or primarily serving Rhode Island communities. Applicants must demonstrate in their proposals sufficient resources to complete the proposed project within one year from receipt of the grant award.

Note: Entities whose primary missions or client base is disability focused are not eligible for an Access for All Abilities grant. Such entities, however, are encouraged to support eligible businesses and organizations to develop a proposal that meets the established criteria.

Review Criteria

A panel of representatives from the Sherlock Center, including individuals with disabilities, will evaluate applications according to the following criteria: Examples of supportable projects: Purchase or development of specialized equipment or product to enable or enhance accessibility; sensitivity or specific skills training for employees to better support and engage with customers who have disabilities; modifications to an existing space or activity to accommodate people with disabilities; funding of an initial stage of a larger project (e.g., architectural plan), etc. Applicants may propose combining funds from other sources to support a larger project that meets the required one-year timeframe for completion. These are just a few suggestions. We encourage applicants to think creatively!

AAA Grants Will Not Fund:

The purpose of the Access for All Abilities (AAA) Mini-Grant initiative is to increase access to social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities for persons with disabilities in Rhode Island. The Sherlock Center has granted more than 109,000 to 49 businesses and organizations since 2009. The Sherlock Center, Rhode Island's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), receives funding for this initiative through the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

Grant Applications

The next grant cycle is planned for fall 2020. Join our mailing list to receive related announcements.

Contact Bernice Panicci at 401-456-4773 or bpanicci@ric.edu to request the application materials in an alternative format or language.

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