Providence, R.I. (August 10, 2017) Following
a year in which the local, United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI)-funded Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance initiative, or VITA, returned more than $23 million to
working families and individuals in the form of refunds they were due, UWRI is
looking to expand the program for the 2017 tax year.
To reach even more Rhode Islanders who would benefit from the
program, UWRI has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a one-year
The grant is specifically for agencies interested in starting
and maintaining a VITA site for one income tax season beginning in January
2018. All VITA application materials must be submitted through an online
application system by the close of business on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
Applicants will be notified of UWRI’s funding decisions by September 30, 2017.
The total amount to be awarded for the VITA program sites is
$20,000 for one year, for up to 3 new VITA sites. Funding will begin in October
2017, and offered for one tax season. Grants will not be renewable, however,
based on successful site performance and UWRI fund availability; it may be
possible for agencies to apply for funding again for the 2018 tax season.
Current individual UWRI VITA site grantees are not eligible to apply. Coalitions
may apply on behalf of proposed new coalition member sites.
Applications for UWRI funding are requested through an online
portal. All agencies interested in applying must request access, and all
applicants will be asked to complete an online questionnaire. To
request access, please contact Jennifer Chapman at Jennifer.Chapman@uwri.org.
Questions about the VITA program may be directed to Anne Quinterno at Anne.Quinterno@uwri.org.
Additional information may be found online.
Through VITA, working Rhode Islanders earning $56,000 or less
annually who meet the program’s eligibility requirements may have their federal
and state income tax returns completed and filed at any of our two dozen sites
statewide. Each VITA site is IRS-certified and staffed by specially trained
volunteers, with most locations offering assistance in both English and Spanish.