Pandemic Unemployment Assistance work search update

We have been working with the RI Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT) to clarify the work search requirements now in place for people receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Below you will find a list that is illustrative of the actions that will meet the work search requirement and the new work search log specifically for PUA recipients. If you have any questions please reach out to Mollie Flanagan at, she is working closely with RI DLT as they get this process up and running. Additionally, follow RISCA’s social media for upcoming, weekly, online meetings focused on business development for artists that will count as one action for the work search requirements, and will be a great way to connect to other RI artists.

The following is an illustrative list of business growth and development/ work search activities. Note: Any revenue generated should be reported if taken as earnings.

    • Signing up for a new online delivery or driving service.
    • Demonstrating a new client-seeking strategy.
    • Demonstrating a diversification of business, product, or client services.
    • Website updates to attract new customers/clients/traffic.
    • New, original social media postings for your business.
    • Selling at and/or getting a booth at a market (like the Providence Artisan’s Market, or PVD Flea).
    • Spending time creating more work, whether you are a visual, literary, or performing artist. Examples might include making a new painting, more hand poured candles, or learning a new song.
    • Selling work on Etsy or another online art market (profits must be reported during weekly certification).
    • Opening a shop on an online art market or offering new merchandise/services to sell on Etsy or another online market.
    • Attending a business development workshop or class.
    • Spending time creating new or different work. For example, if you currently make candles, learning to make concrete planters; or if you are a violinist, working to learn viola; or learning to teach classes in your art form//business/professional field.
    • Teaching a class for adults or youth in your art form//business/professional field, that charges tuition.

The PUA work search log can be found on the DLT website:, or downloaded here.

Applications Open for the RI Foundation Civic, Cultural, and Media Access Fund Grants

The Rhode Island Foundation is now accepting applications for the Herman H. Rose Civic, Cultural and Media Access Fund(formerly the Archive, Document, Display and Dissemination Fund).

The Herman H. Rose Civic, Cultural and Media Access Fund offers two grant opportunities. Media Project Grants may be requested by any nonprofit or municipal agency and should provide greater access to information through archiving, documenting, displaying, or disseminating information. Library Challenge Grants may be requested by any Rhode Island library or library support organization with 501(c)(3) status and are intended to provide added funding to fundraising campaigns planned to meet local needs. Please review the criteria for each grant application carefully. The submission deadline for both applications is Friday, January 9, 2021.

Please click here to apply for the Library Challenge Grant.

Please click here to apply for the Media Project Grant.

Questions? Contact Kelly Riley, Donor Services Administrator, at 401-427-4028 or

Rhode Island Humanities Council seeking part-time Grantmaking Program Coordinator

The Humanities Council is now accepting applications for a part-time, temporary Grantmaking Coordinator position. Applications due: January 19, 2021. Click here for a PDF of the job posting.


TITLE: Grantmaking Program Coordinator

HOURS: Part-time, 20 hours/week starting early February 2021, ending July 2021

This is a temporary six-month position. While there is some flexibility in the schedule, we expect the Grantmaking Program Coordinator to primarily work weekdays, during normal business hours. During the pandemic, staff are primarily working remotely with office access one or two days a week following social distancing guidelines and schedules. When safety protocols allow, the Grantmaking Program Coordinator will work at the Council’s Providence office.


This 20-hour per week, six-month position has an hourly wage of $29 per hour. Compensation also includes paid holidays, as well as 5 days of vacation time and 5 days of sick time.