The Champlin Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports nonprofits throughout Rhode Island in the areas of healthcare, education, social services, youth services, libraries, the arts, historic preservation, conservation and parks, and animal welfare. Unsolicited applications are accepted annually.

FUNDING AREAS: Healthcare, education, social services, youth services, libraries, the arts, historic preservation, conservation and parks, animal welfare

IP TAKE: Here’s your go-to funder for building construction and equipment purchases in Rhode Island. Nearly every type of local nonprofit can be considered for these grants.

PROFILE: The Champlin Foundation is located in Cranston, Rhode Island, and has been investing in statewide nonprofits since 1932. Yet the foundation dates back to 1872, when Stanton Byron Champlin established the S.B. Champlin Company in Providence. The family business expanded to manufacture valves, aluminum, brass tube, copper, pipe fittings, and more. Prior to December 31, 2016, there were three foundations collectively called The Champlin Foundations that have since consolidated into one entity.  

The funder aims for the broadest possible impact on Rhode Islanders, awarding grants in the following areas: healthcare, education, social services, youth services, libraries, the arts, historic preservation, conservation and parks, and animal welfare.

Champlin has awarded over $550 million for capital projects of Rhode Island nonprofits. The funder gets involved with equipment purchases and construction and renovation projects, as well as the purchase of real estate. Few grants for programs and operating expenses are provided, however, support has gone to scholarships, kids’ summer camp programs, and to the Nature Conservancy for nature preserves. They favor challenge grants, but the list of what’s not funded by Champlin includes permanent housing, senior centers, school playgrounds, municipal animal shelters, municipal fire and police departments, and housing authorities.

Champlin has over $385 million in assets today. A list of previous grants can be found in the funder’s online database. Public high schools the state often receive Champlin support, as well as some churches and houses of worship.

The Champlin Foundation only accepts grant applications by mail—not by email—and the required application components are spelled out on the website. Grants are one year only. Applications are accepted between March 1 and April 30, although invited public schools have a deadline of June 30. The annual meeting is held in mid-November. Expect a response in writing anywhere from one week to eight months from receipt of your application. Grant funds are distributed annually in mid-December.

General questions can be directed to office@champlinfoundation.org or (401) 944-9200. The address is 2000 Chapel View Boulevard, Suite 350, Cranston, Rhode Island 02920. Champlin has a small staff with Keith H. Lang as the executive director, Timothy N. Gorham as the associate director, and Donna M. Sessions as the director of administration. Keep up with foundation news and media coverage here.

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