Investments in Arts and Culture (IAC) operating support grant 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. There is no application required from those organizations that have regularly received support from RISCA over the past three years. We will, instead, require a final report on your activities over the past year, which can be found by clicking here. For more information, including eligibility requirements, review the IAC guidelines.
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.
The IAC category is designed to provide support to those Rhode Island arts organizations we’ve built a relationship with over the past several years, organizations who present a concert, exhibition or series of concerts or exhibitions, year after year. The purpose of this new category is to provide ongoing support to these organizations while encouraging – and, we hope, rewarding – them to be more engaged in and with their community.
Instead of telling us what they plan to do in an uncertain future, we are now asking these organizations to tell us what they actually accomplished over the past year. We’re also asking them to tell us how their work has had an impact on their community, and what efforts they have made to reach out to new and more diverse communities. These “stories” will be evaluated and ranked, and these ranks will help determine our grant support in coming years.
Each qualified organization has been asked to submit a final report for the year we have just finished. This report is due by the end of July. This final report, plus their Rhode Island Cultural Data Project funders report, will be used to evaluate their work sometime next spring. Grant amounts will be determined using a formula that is based on this evaluation.
RISCA's Arts Access Grant (AAG) program provides 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. 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. Click here to review the Arts Access Grant guidelines. Click here to begin your application. To review the questions we ask in this application, click here.