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The RICADV has released the 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP) for Implementation Projects and Community Micro-grants! Learn more and view the RFP below.

The Domestic Violence Prevention Fund (DVPF) was established by the Rhode Island General Assembly (R.I.G.L. § 12-29-12), creating a fund which has as its primary purpose the prevention of domestic violence and dating violence. In 2018, the DVPF was renamed the Deborah DeBare DVPF in honor of the RICADV's longstanding former executive director.

The DVPF will be administered by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) and will be used to promote evidence-informed primary prevention programs in Rhode Island aimed at stopping intimate partner violence before it starts.

2019 Request for Proposals

pdfClick here to view and download the 2019 Request for Proposals.

The RICADV welcomes applications that address shared risk and protective factors for violence and have a primary focus on changing systems, policies, social and cultural norms, and community conditions that allow intimate partner violence to occur.

A total of $180,000 will be distributed annually (three Implementation Project awards ranging from $45,000 to $50,000 per year; one-time Community Micro-grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000).

Implementation Project awards will begin January 1, 2020, with the first project period ending June 30, 2021, pending availability of funds. Implementation Projects may be renewed for two additional 12-month periods, pending availability of funds and each awardee’s performance.

Community Micro-grants will support short-term projects that will be completed by June 30, 2020. Proposed short-term projects must supplement and/or enhance an existing program. Community Micro-grants cannot be used as start-up funding for new programs.

Applications for both Implementation Project awards and Community Micro-grants must be received by 3:00 PM on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Applications should be emailed in PDF format to Krista D'Amico, Director of Prevention, at

Applicant Technical Assistance
An applicant technical assistance call for Implementation Projects and Community Micro-grants will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. To register for the technical assistance conference call, please email Krista D’Amico, Director of Prevention, Participants are encouraged to email their questions in advance. Questions will be addressed on the conference call. All questions and answers will be posted to our website here shortly thereafter.

Applicant Technical Assistance Call

Below, please find the questions and answers from the applicant technical assistance call that was held on October 15, 2019.

Can you provide any insight from the DVPF Funding Advisory Committee about what they are looking to see out of proposals? Are they looking to fund new projects? For those who have been funded in the past, do they want to see those projects continued?

The Funding Advisory Committee is an independent body that makes decisions on awards. It is made up of representatives from the RICADV’s Board of Directors, the RI Department of Health, the RI Department of Human Services, the RI Office of the Attorney General, and the RI Office of the General Treasurer.

Past DVPF grant recipients should lift up any findings or results from their previously funded work that help frame the successes of their projects and make a case for the funding to be continued.

I would also point your attention to a new section of the RFP entitled Empowerment Approach. This new criteria applies to both Implementation Projects (page 7) and Community Micro-grants (page 9). The committee will be looking at how well proposals align to this new criteria.

The RFP includes two types of grants, Implementation Projects and Community Micro-grants. What are your thoughts on organizations applying for each type of grant at the same time for similar projects, to increase the chances of being funded?

There are no restrictions on applying for each type of grant at the same time. Simultaneous applications for Implementation Projects and Community Micro-grants by the same organization or individual are permitted.

For Community Micro-grant proposals, the RFP states that short-term projects must supplement or enhance an existing program. Can you provide an example?

Community Micro-grants, which are short-term projects ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, cannot be used as start-up funding due to the time and resources necessary to plan and implement new standalone programs.

An example of a past Community Micro-grant that supplemented or enhanced an existing program is a local pastor partnering with Progreso Latino to conduct a film series for Spanish-speaking Latino community members. This project built on the organization’s existing activities and related strategies in the community. The infrastructure for the program and network of community members already being in place made it possible to plan and implement the film series in a short amount of time.

If an individual who is a leader in the community and has an interest in improving conditions in the community but isn’t part of an organization, is it possible for that person to apply for DVPF grants?

Yes, individuals can apply for DVPF grants by partnering with a local fiscal agent, which must be an established 501(c)(3) organization that has been operating for at least 2 years.

Can applicants format the Work Plan in a table due to the page limit?

Yes, as long as proposals do not exceed the page limit, applicants can use tables to organize and present information.

For the section on Empowerment Approach, should applicants be referencing the Work Plan and the specific project in the proposal, or referencing their broader organizational work and program models, demonstrating that this approach is consistent in all that they do? Or should applicants do both?

The Empowerment Approach section pertains to the specific project outlined in the proposal. This section is new to the RFP this year, so the more information applicants can provide, the better the Funding Advisory Committee will be able to understand how the proposal meets this criteria. Applicants are welcome to describe the empowerment approach of both the specific project in the proposal and their organization as a whole.

I only see a template for the proposed budget. Am I missing a template for the grant narrative? How many pages total is the RFP?

The RFP is 12 pages total, and the proposed budget template appears on the last page. There is no formal template provided for the grant narrative. In their proposals, applicants should respond to each section of the RFP, respective to the type of DVPF grant they are applying for, and adhere to the formatting guidelines and page limit.

As we continue to review the RFP and look into the resources and materials linked therein, can we reach out to you with additional questions?

Yes, please feel free to contact me with questions at or 401-467-9940. Depending on the question, there may be limitations to the kind of information I can provide, and we may post the question and answer to this page of our website for transparency purposes.

Implementation Projects

In January 2017, the RICADV granted three Implementation Project awards to local organizations. When making decisions about which projects would be funded, priority was given to proposals that focused on altering norms, policies, and community conditions that impact girls and boys of color and LGBTQ and Two-Spirit youth, and that support the implementation of the Lindsay Ann Burke Act in schools.

  • 2017-2019

  • Progreso Latino

    Progreso Latino received a $55,000 Implementation Project award to execute Teen & Adult Prevention Program (TAPP), a prevention program that uses a holistic public health approach to build the community’s capacity to address intimate partner violence in the Blackstone Valley area.

    Through TAPP, Progreso Latino created adult and youth social action groups in order to assess community challenges and then mobilize the community to identify and lead social change efforts and policy reforms. Progreso Latino has partnered with the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, the local domestic violence agency in that area, to provide domestic violence prevention education to social action groups and local schools.

    “We understand that violence is a symptom of many factors and that we need to work together in order to make a difference. We are eager to work with the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center along with other organizations in order to seek out grassroots solutions to intimate partner violence.” - Mario Bueno, Executive Director

    One initiative included engaging youth in a photojournalism project, in collaboration with the Blackstone Academy Charter School, the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, and the Central Falls Prevention Coalition, which sought to address community issues through photography and education.

    DVPF Progreso Latino  DVPF Progreso Latino

    Additionally, adult residents are engaged through the Policy and Advocacy Committee of the Immigrant Rights Coalition as well as community conversations to promote civic engagement and education.

  • Sojourner House

    Sojourner House received a $55,000 Implementation Project award to launch Interpersonal Violence Youth Peer Advocacy Network Program in the communities of Providence and Woonsocket. With support from community-based youth serving organizations, Sojourner House trained youth activists and established a peer advocacy program to support schools with the implementation of the Lindsay Ann Burke Act.

    "Sojourner House currently operates a variety of direct and emergency services programs to help victims of abuse reclaim their lives. We're thrilled to receive funding to help address the root causes of interpersonal violence and therefore be part of the solution to prevent violent relationships before they happen. We know this work is a community effort, which is why we've partnered with local youth organizations and schools in Providence and Woonsocket to implement our project." - Vanessa Volz, Executive Director

    Sojourner House partnered with Harbor YouthWorks, Youth Pride, and Youth In Action to launch the Peer Advocacy Leadership Program. The program educates students on healthy relationships, prepares them to co-facilitate training for their teachers and classmates, and builds students’ advocacy and leadership skills, with the goal of students becoming anti-violence advocates and leaders in their communities and schools.

      DVPF Sojourner House  DVPF Sojourner House

    Photo credit: Sojourner House

  • YWCA Rhode Island

    YWCA Rhode Island received a $55,000 Implementation Project award to train educators, youth workers, service providers, and community members on the historical and current ways institutional and structural racism impact girls of color and to provide a proven practice for building resiliency in girls.

    “Our project recognizes that girls of color are often overlooked when community members, service providers, and educators address issues of gender and racial inequality, and its relationship to intimate partner violence. It is a clarion call to all of our better selves to highlight the unique struggles of girls of color and ask what we as individuals and as part of larger organizations can do to improve our society by raising awareness and focusing on altering norms, polices, and community conditions that impact girls of color.” - Deborah Perry, President/CEO

    YWCA Rhode Island provided racial justice training to over 100 people, and also trained 60 youth workers in Girls Circle, an evidence-based prevention program for building resiliency in girls.

    DVPF YWCA RIStaff from the RICADV and our member agencies attended a 3-day training with YWCA RI


Community Micro-grants

In addition to the Implementation Project awards, the RICADV has awarded one-time Community Micro-grants to local organizations. Priority was given to short-term projects that foster and increase community cohesion through public awareness, education, and the arts; and that help community members make a personal connection to the issue of intimate partner violence by encouraging bystanders to take action.

  • 2019

  • 2018

  • 2017

Domestic Violence Resource Center (DVRC) received a $4,208 micro-grant to empower young people and promote community-wide understanding and LGBTQ acceptance by hosting a Gay Prom, an event that celebrates and elevates awareness of marginalized populations like queer youth in South County.

Meeting Street received a $5,800 micro-grant to develop an intimate partner violence staff training plan to help build the capacity of their staff to support families experiencing violence.

Rhode Island Cross Campus Collaborative (through Day One) received a $5,000 micro-grant to launch a travelling photography exhibit using Kate Ryan’s Signed, X project in April, national Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Adoption Rhode Island received a $13,022 micro-grant to educate youth in the foster care system using the evidence-based curriculum Safe Dates. Youth will create an artistic expression of what they have learned through Safe Dates to help raise awareness of dating violence in the community.

Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education (ARISE) received a $15,000 micro-grant to adapt One Circle Foundation’s evidence-based curriculum and offer a culturally responsive, 50-hour group for Southeast Asian youth to discuss healthy relationships, trauma, social and personal development, and communication.

Blackstone Valley Community Action Program received a $9,512 micro-grant to educate high school age youth of varying gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, and national origin in Pawtucket and Central Falls in order to overcome stereotypes and raise education levels in the community about dating violence. These youth will in turn provide peer-based training to other youth, and spread knowledge throughout the community.

Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center received a $1,950 micro-grant to deliver the Decoding Your Teen curriculum to foster parents, kinship care providers, group home staff, DCYF social caseworkers, and other caretakers of youth involved in DCYF care.

Katie Brown Educational Program received a $15,000 micro-grant to work with existing student clubs at Central, Classical, Mt. Pleasant, and Hope High School and the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex to aid students in crafting a 30-minute student-led assembly for their peers. Testimonials, a website, and two “healthy relationship check-in” events for students will also be developed.

Progreso Latino received a $15,000 micro-grant to offer a Grassroots Film & Discussion Series in Spanish that focuses on engaging Latino boys and men in the Blackstone Valley area in discussions that explore the role of machismo in domestic violence prevention.

Princes 2 Kings received a $5,000 micro-grant to engage male youth in conversations about healthy masculinity in an effort to develop an educational stop motion animation film addressing teen dating violence.

Youth In Action (YIA) received a $9,755 micro-grant to develop and implement a youth-led film and discussion series for young people in Providence. YIA also trained staff on how to recognize and respond to teen dating violence and make referrals for youth and families experiencing intimate partner violence.

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