Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for support to RISCA, you must be one of the following:
• A nonprofit corporation, incorporated in and conducting business in the State of Rhode Island, with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, governed by a revolving board of directors, trustees or advisory board drawn from the community at large and shown to be actively involved in the activities of the organization.
• Organizations that have not yet received the appropriate IRS non-profit determination may be sponsored by an eligible nonprofit organization. If a grant is awarded to your organization as the sponsor of another organization, it is understood that the sponsor organization is financially, administratively and programmatically responsible for all conditions of the grant. The sponsor is also responsible for signing the contract, compliance and final report forms. If organizations applying through this sponsorship process have operated for more than two years without seeking nonprofit statusthey must submit a written explanation for operating in this manner..
• An individual who is a current, legal resident of the state of Rhode Island, and has been for a minimum of twelve consecutive months prior to the date of application. Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age at the time of application. Students pursuing graduate or undergraduate degrees in an arts discipline or an arts-related subject area at the time of application may not apply for support.
• A unit of local or state government
• A public school, or a college or university with tax-exempt status
• A tax-exempt school (Catholic or independent)

Other considerations:

• All public performances or exhibitions must take place in a space that is physically accessible to people with disabilities, as required by law.
• General Operating Support (GOS) grant recipients are not eligible to apply in this category. However, GOS grantees are encouraged to collaborate in RFP projects, as long as they are not the principal applicant.
• Divisions, branches, departments, programs, or other subunits of nonprofit corporations, colleges, or universities shall be ineligible to apply on their own; applications may be submitted only by the parent corporation (only one application per deadline).
• In addition, former grantees who have outstanding Final Reports or other obligations to the Council are INELIGIBLE to apply if such obligation exists at the time of application.