Designated Grants


State Designated Grants, formerly known as Community Service Grants, are funded through the state budget. In 2016, the Community Service Grant program was eliminated and replaced in favor of state agency-administered itemized budget appropriations and competitive grants. The Department of Administration’s Office of Accounts and Control has developed a standard payment policy and uniform set of procedures that will enhance the transparency and accountability of our state grant-funding system, while also taking into account best practices from across state and federal entities.

If you are a recipient of a Rhode Island State Designated Grant, the State Agency responsible for managing your award will contact you with instructions on how to apply.

For FY23 The Designated Grant Application Portal is changing. The application is the same as previous years, but this fiscal year applicants will submit their Designated Grant application through the Grants Management System. A brief training will be hosted on 7/12/22 for State Agencies and user guides will be distributed. Additionally, another training will be hosted the week of 7/25/22. This training will showcase the process of submitting an application through the GMS as a Designated Grant Recipient. 

Recorded Video Demonstrations:

1. How to review a Designated Grant Submission as a State Agency

2. How to submit a Designated Grant Application as a Recipient Entity