Vigneron Memorial Fund: Grants for Rhode Island

OVERVIEW: The Vigneron Memorial Fund supports health and human services organizations that assist children and adults with disabilities in Rhode Island.

FUNDING AREAS: People with physical disabilities, health, human services

IP TAKE: This Rhode Island funder only funds local and grassroots nonprofits serving disabled children and adults. It primarily supports capital requests for handicapped assistive devices and adaptive equipment. It also accepts unsolicited grant applications.

PROFILE: Established in 1959, the Vigneron Memorial Fund is a private foundation that focuses on Rhode Island. It aims to “support charitable organizations that work to improve the lives of physically disabled children and adults.” Managed by Bank of America’s Rhode Island/Massachusetts office, the fund’s grantmaking supports health and human services.

The Vigneron Memorial Fund focuses on the needs of disabled individuals in Rhode Island. The fund prioritizes work that address the needs of low-income, disabled people particularly children. It primarily funds capital requests for handicapped assistive devices and adaptive equipment. Commonly funded needs include wheelchairs, walkers, ramps, and lift installation. The funder also provides program and general operating support.

Grants range between $1,000 and $15,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its Foundation Center grant history. Grantmaking focuses on Providence and Narragansett in Rhode Island. Foundation grants are usually for one-year periods. Past local grantees include Heads Up, Multiple Sclerosis Dream Center of Rhode Island, Greater Providence YMCA, and Providence Children’s Museum.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is July 1, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision by November 30. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at or 866-778-6859.


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