RISCA's Arts Access Grants (AAG) provide small grants (maximum of $2,500) to new ventures, occasional arts programs, or arts and cultural organizations that do not meet the new IAC eligibility requirements (see below). The Arts Access Grant provides program support to organizations across Rhode Island that contribute to the vitality of our communities, the economy of our state, the education of all Rhode Islanders, and our quality of life. Organizations must demonstrate excellent artistic, educational, and cultural value, as well as engagement with their community. As a rule, programs should be geared to a broad and diverse audience.
Investments in Arts and Culture (IAC) operating support grants are designed to support those organizations that produce or present annual programs in the arts and have developed a funding relationship with RISCA over time. The IAC category looks at what you have done over the past year, not what you propose to do in the year to come. Organizations receiving IAC support will be required to participate in the Rhode Island Cultural Data Project and we recommend that you begin that process if you have not already. Organizations that receive grants in IAC will not be eligible to apply for support in the AAG category, or in our regular Project Grants for Individuals or Education categories.
Learning in and through the arts plays a critical role in the growth and development of our youngest citizens. Project Grants for Education (PGE) provide support to artists and cultural organizations collaborating with schools and other educational entities, in order to:
Funded in part by Bank of America, RISCA's Big Yellow School Bus grant program provides up to $400 to Rhode Island schools and pre-schools to underwrite the cost of field trips to attend arts events such as live music, dance or theatre performances, exhibits at art museums, etc., as well as the cost of coverage for classroom teachers involved in the field trip. There must be an arts component to the trip. Applications to this program are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no deadline.
Fellowships encourage the creative development of artists by enabling them to set aside time to pursue their work and achieve specific creative and career goals. Fellowships are highly competitive awards. Artists are encouraged to apply when they have created a substantial body of work that they are prepared to present in a professional manner. More detail on this grantmaking category can be found on our RISCA Artists page.
Project Grants for Individuals (PGI) are available to artists who are Rhode Island residents and do not require a non-profit 501(c)3 umbrella. Through Project Grants for Individuals, RISCA supports highly creative and talented artists who seek to produce, perform, teach or share their work with the public. Project grants to individuals might include the coordination of community arts events, public performances, arts workshops, creative collaborations, and exhibitions and installations with a strong public component.
More detail on these grantmaking programs can be found on our RISCA Artists page. Artists interested in applying for a Project Grant for Individuals MUST contact Cristina DiChiera, Director of Individual Artists Programs, at email@example.com ahead of submitting an application. Fellowship applicants are also encouraged, but not required, to contact Cristina ahead of submitting an application.
The folk arts are defined as those artistic practices which are community- or family-based and express that community's aesthetic heritage and tradition. The learning process is informal and is passed on from generation to generation by word of mouth, apprenticeship, and imitation.
Folk Arts Apprenticeships are designed to foster the sharing of traditional (folk) artistic skills between a master and an apprentice who is already familiar with the genre. The program creates this opportunity specifically for individuals who share a common cultural heritage.
Folk Arts Fellowships provide one $1,000 and one $5,000 award annually to artists in a variety of disciplines who demonstrate the highest level of skill and accomplishment in their craft. Artists are encouraged to apply when they have created a substantial body of work that they are prepared to present in a professional manner.
More detail on these grantmaking programs can be found on our RISCA Folk and Community Arts page. Artists interested in applying for a Fellowship or Apprenticeship MUST contact Elena Calderón Patiño, Community Arts Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.