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Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, 401-456-8072

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.


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!

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2018 marks the Sherlock Center's tenth year of the Access for All Abilities (AAA) Mini-Grant initiative. To date, 44 businesses and organizations have received approximately $98,000 to increase access to social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities for persons 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.

Grant Applications

The next grant cycle takes place in fall 2019. Join our mailing list for 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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