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Access for All Abilities Mini Grant Initiative

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Applications now being accepted for the 2015 award cycle!

Submission deadline: Friday, June 12, 2015

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College is soliciting applications from organizations and businesses offering social, recreational, leisure and cultural activities in Rhode Island communities for "Access for All Abilities" (AAA) Mini-Grants. The Sherlock Center will award up to four grants in 2015. Organizations may apply for up to $2,500.

The application is completed and submitted online*. Click the link below to access the 2015 application. You may complete the application over multiple sessions. Directions for saving your document are provided within the form. Please review the grant criteria prior to starting your application.

Grant Criteria 92 kb (PDF)
Preview application questions 134 kb (PDF)

Online Application

Please complete and submit your proposal for a 2015 AAA Mini-Grant using the online application. To access the application in an alternate manner, contact Bernice Panicci at or call 401-456-4773.


The Sherlock Center is in its seventh year of the Access for All Abilities Mini-Grant initiative. To date, 26 businesses and organizations have received a total of $57,500 to increase access to social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities for individuals with disabilities. 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.


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.


AAA Grant applicants must be businesses or organizations currently offering social, leisure, recreational, and/or cultural activities to the general public in Rhode Island. Non-profit organizations, businesses, and city or town government agencies, which serve the general public, are encouraged to apply. However, entities, organizations, or programs whose primary missions are disability-focused are not eligible for AAA grants.

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 include: purchase or development of specialized equipment or product to enhance accessibility; sensitivity or specific skill training for employees; modifications to an existing activity to accommodate people with disabilities; seed money for a larger project or strategic planning. These are just a few suggestions. We encourage innovative thinking!

AAA Grants will not fund: Timelines


If you have any questions, please contact:
Bernice Panicci

Mary Anne Pallack

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