RISCA staff to assist in navigating the grant application process; Deadline is April 1

Help includes workshops, drop-in office hours and one-on-ones 

Our helpful and friendly RISCA staff can assist you with your grant application needs. In addition, we are available to  meet with you about your grant ideas. We are offering grant writing and budgeting workshops, drop-in hours, and more during February and March so you can meet our April 1 deadline.

A key reminder: Get your questions to staff prior to 6 p.m. on deadline day, April 1; portal closes at 11:59 p.m.

During our workshops, we offer an overview of our major grant programs, and you’ll have time to ask questions and meet with program staff.

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View the video of our FY22 grant workshop.

 

If you’re new to submitting a grant application to RISCA, or just want a refresher on the “good and less good” of grant writing, join us for one of our virtual meetings. 

You can see a copy of the Grant Workshop PowerPoint Presentation. A copy of an example Grant Budget is available here

Open Drop-in Office Hours on Zoom 

Need last-minute help with your RISCA grant? Or, do you need a place to write and get your questions answered at the same time? RISCA staff will be there during drop-in virtual office hours to answer questions; help with technology; read drafts; or support whatever other needs you may have. Virtual Zoom drop-in office hours are as follows: 

  • Thursday, April 1, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., click here to register.

Workshops

Grant writing/budgeting workshops occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 24, and Tuesday, March 2. You can view a copy of the Grant Workshop PowerPoint Presentation here.
 

How to schedule a one-on-one meeting

Arts Access Grant 

Todd Trebour, Organizations Program Director, will be holding one-on-one virtual meetings for non-profit organizations interested in Arts Access Grants organizations. He will answer any questions you have about the grant program. He can also help you with the budget forms; review any specific answers you’ve written; or any other assistance you need with your grant application.

You can sign up for either a 30 minute or 1-hour meeting slot. To schedule a meeting with Todd, click here

If none of the dates or times listed works for you, email Todd at todd.trebour@arts.ri.gov for alternate date/time.

Project Grants for Education and Project Grants in Education for Individuals

Maggie Anderson, Director of Arts In Education, will be holding one-on-one meetings for non-profit organizations, artists and schools interested in Project Grants in Education and Project Grants in Education for Individual.

You can sign up for a 1 hour slot, and ask her any specific questions you have about the grant program. She can also help you with the budget forms; review any specific answers you’ve written; or assist you need with your grant application.

Maggie is scheduling appointments for February 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26; March 3, 4 and 5, between 9 am and 2 pm. To arrange an appointment, email Maggie Anderson at Maggie.Anderson@arts.ri.gov

Project Grants for Individuals

Mollie Flanagan, Individual Artists Program Director, will be holding one-on-one virtual meetings for artists interested in project Grants for Individuals. She will be answering any questions you have about the grant program.

You can sign up for either a 30 minute or 1-hour meeting slot. To attend a meeting with Mollie, click 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 kriley@rifoundation.org.

Rhode Island on Pause Grant Program

Last week, Governor Raimondo announced a $100 million effort to support some of the businesses impacted by the current Pause. One of the two programs, offered through the RI Department of Taxation, explicitly includes some arts businesses and nonprofits. The deadline to apply is December 11, and if you have questions after reviewing available information, you can contact Mollie at mollie.flanagan@arts.ri.gov, and/or the Department of Taxation at tax.excise@tax.ri.gov.

Eligible businesses, which include sole proprietors and nonprofits, are: “Indoor entertainment establishment (e.g. movie theater, comedy club, performing arts venue/organization);” “Fitness instruction center (e.g. aerobics, dance, yoga, karate, etc.);” and “Event Support Professionals impacted by the Pause whose primary source of income (more than 50%) is event-related, including only photographers, videographers, florists, limo services, event planners, event rentals, performers, convention and trade show organizers, hair and make-up professionals”.

Eligibility requirements include: being registered as a business or nonprofit with the state of RI; filing tax returns with the state of RI; being currently open or only temporarily closed due to the pause; and being able to show proof of the impact of The Pause.

Note that, although asked for in the application, you are eligible if you do not have a sales tax permit. Additionally, indoor recreation and entertainment establishments, which includes performing arts venues/organizations, can use gross receipts instead of sales tax information on the application.

Rhode Island on Pause Grant Eligibility and Requirements

Rhode Island on Pause FAQs

Rhode Island on Pause Grant Application Link

Rhode Island on Pause Grant Application Preview (PDF): note that this is the full application, with all possible questions. As you are filling out the application, depending on your responses to some questions you may not be asked all of the questions in this PDF preview.