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PPSD Offers $200,000 in Community Impact Grants to Foster Community Collaboration and Support the District’s Transformation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence Public School District is committing up to $200,000 in Community Impact Grants to fund collaborations between community organizations and schools in order to improve student outcomes, family engagement and school culture.


Through a Request for Proposals, the district will offer 10 grants of up to $20,000 each to area non-profits that support one or more of the following strategies:


  • Academic enrichment, including high-dosage tutoring, supplemental arts education and other activities to improve student engagement and performance.
  • Restorative practices and other strategies to create affirming school environments, reduce exclusionary discipline and strengthen student-teacher relationships.
  • Social emotional learning, mindfulness and other tools to support resilience, adaptability and personal development.
  • Mentoring opportunities that provide students with positive role models and increase community engagement.
  • Supports for parents and caregivers of differently abled students to improve student outcomes and family satisfaction.


Proposals must be received by July 28, 2021 and include a letter of support from the school principal. Awards will be made in early fall.


“We know that schools benefit from the expertise of the community, and we want to tap into those resources as we move forward in our district turnaround work,” said Providence Public Schools Interim Superintendent Javier Montañez.


“As part of the Providence Turnaround, it’s important that we foster strategic partnerships with community organizations to help students socially, emotionally, and academically and place them on pathways to success,” said Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green.


Proposals will be scored by committees in the areas of community engagement, implementation, impact, and alignment with the Turnaround Action Plan. Interested organizations can access the RFP here.