The Champlin Foundation
One important goal is to fund tax exempt organizations within Rhode Island that will have the greatest impact on the broadest possible segment of the population.

Application Process

Grant requests are accepted March 1st through April 30th.
Invited Public Schools have until June 30th.

[Requests must be postmarked no later than April 30th]

There is no application form.  Simply submit a one page letter


See below for additional information.

The grant request should be as brief and concise as possible - preferably one page.  The request should address:

  •       Need(s) of the organization
  •       Costs associated with the item(s) requested
  •       Amount requested
  •       Status of any fundraising efforts
  •       Other sources of potential funding
  •       In the case of multiple item requests, a list in priority order with per item costs should be attached

School Funding:

Rhode Island Independent Schools and Rhode Island Public Schools may apply by INVITATION ONLY.  


Real Estate Acquisitions/Major Facility Additions:

Before applying, be prepared to demonstrate that comprehensive due diligence has taken place.  Where applicable, this includes complete and thorough inspection of the property to be acquired including an assessment of infrastructure and mechanical systems, environmental issues, regulatory issues (ADA requirements, fire safety, zoning, required permitting, etc.) as well as financial planning for the project, including means of servicing debt and funding operating costs. Requests for funding purchases of real estate should include an appraisal of the property.

In the case of requests for construction/renovation funding, a construction schedule and a contractor's estimate should be attached. Requests for leasehold improvements will only be considered if the requesting organization has a lease in place for a minimum of five (5) years with renewal options for future extensions of at least five (5) additional years.

It is required that costs quoted be as accurate as possible. Figures will be checked as part of the initial review and ballpark figures will not be acceptable.

501(c)(3) Requirement:

Applicants must also forward a copy of the organization's letter from the Internal Revenue Service granting tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and further confirming that the organization is not a private foundation within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Code.

Applicants that are not 501(c)(3) organizations but claim tax exemption must state the basis for the assertion. Organizations seeking support should be aware that before considering funding, we usually require an organization to have a demonstrated track record of at least three years.

What's Next?

Once an application is received, it is reviewed internally. Upon completion of this review, a decision will be made as to the status of the application. If may be denied on the basis that it does not fit our guidelines. It may require more information which we will specify and request from you. It may necessitate a site visit as explained later. Or, if the application is deemed complete without need for further information, it may be referred directly to the Distribution Committee for decision at our Annual Meeting in November. In all of the foregoing scenarios, you will be advised of the status in writing in a timely manner.

Requests for out of cycle grants and early commitments are considered on an extremely limited basis and only under the most extraordinary circumstances.

Where to Send Requests:

Requests [ONE COPY ONLY] should be submitted via mail to the following address:

Keith H. Lang, Executive Director

The Champlin Foundation

2000 Chapel View Boulevard, Suite 350

Cranston, Rhode Island 02920

No applications will be accepted via facsimile or e-mail.

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 30th, or in the case of April 30th falling on a Sunday, then the following Monday.

Applications received after the deadline will only be accepted, if in the sole discretion of this office, the reason for the lateness is due to extraordinary circumstances. If an organization knows ahead of time that a contemplated application will be late, that organization is strongly encouraged to make this known to us as soon as possible.