The application review process follows approximately this schedule:

  • Applications are due in the RISCA Office by the close of business on the deadline date (4:30pm on April 1 or October 1).

  • Applications are checked by staff for accuracy and completeness, and then prepared for review by an advisory panel.

  • Panels meet to review applications (in May/early June for April 1 applications; in November for October 1 applications).

  • Funding recommendations go to the Council at its next scheduled meeting (held in late June for the April 1, early December for the October 1 deadline). The Council votes on these recommendations.

  • Grant announcements are usually made within ten days of the Council meeting, following legislative notification of grant awards.
  • Once a grant has been awarded recipients should understand that it often takes a considerable amount of time for the State to issue a check. Signing and returning your grant contract promptly may speed the process. Grant funds may not be received prior to the start of a project, nor may they arrive at the same time each year. Grant recipients should be aware of this and plan their cash flow accordingly.