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Access for All Abilities Mini Grant Initiative

Grant Overview | Past Recipients

Congratulations to the 2018 Mini-Grant Recipients!

In October, the Sherlock Center awarded $2500 Access for All Abilities (AAA) mini-grants to four Rhode Island Organizations.

The grant program's purpose is to increase access for people with disabilities to social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities offered to the public. The Sherlock Center has granted approximately $98,000 to 44 businesses and organizations since the initiative's 2009 inception. The next grant cycle takes place in fall 2019.

Recipients of the 2018 grants are:

Save the Bay
Save the Bay's mission is to protect and improve Narragansett Bay. The Bay Center, located in Providence, provides public access classrooms, meeting space and to the coastline. Save the Bay is implementing a long-stranding plan to install a boating dock space, a public pier for fishing, and a kayak launch at the Bay Center. Once complete, the Bay Center will host 440-feet of waterfront space open to the public. The grant funds will help support the materials and installation of aluminum handicapped access ramps for the pier and kayak launch.

The Arctic Playhouse (TAP) established in 2014, is located in downtown Arctic Village in West Warwick. TAP's mission is to provide the community with affordable access to the performing arts in a variety of genres and styles, while fostering the growth of developing artists. The organization nurtures the talent and vision of Rhode Island performing and visual artists with recognition, employment, and developmental opportunities. Programs at TAP are available to the public and include live theater performances, musical performances, film screenings, magician acts, and community art nights. TAP is locating to a larger venue that will increase its theater capacity. They will use the grant funds to install accessible restrooms in the new space.

the imPOSSIBLE DREAM
The imPOSSIBLE DREAM playground, located in Warwick, offers an integrated play and social setting for all children and families. Opened in 2009, the playground offers picnic pavilions, gazebos and park like settings. The facility also offers a large hall that can accommodate 100 guests. In the winter, it becomes an "indoor" playground, offering indoor, accessible play. The organization will use the grants funds to purchase a WhisperGLIDE swing that is wheelchair accessible. The WhisperGLIDE provide seating for multiple people, affording wheelchair users the opportunity to swing with friends and family.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County (UUCSC), located in Peace Dale, is a hub for cultural and community events - such as concerts, dances, films, fairs, and informational meetings of various topics of interest to the broad community. In addition to UUSSC services and activities, other charities and non-profit organizations use the facility and it is available for the community to rent. The UUCSC is striving to make their facility fully accessible. To date, the UUCSC's has installed hearing loops in the sanctuary and a ramp to the main level. UUCSC will use the grant funds to purchase and install a commercial-quality automatic door opener, allowing for independent access to the facility.



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