Coronavirus and the Arts: Resources and Updates

On May 20, 2021, Governor Dan McKee lifted most COVID-19 restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated. For specifics, details and guidance visit

Since early March 2020 our team has been working to assemble information for artists, arts organizations, educators, and other folks who work in the arts to access as they navigate this uncertain time. If you have any resources you think should be added to this page, please email:

For COVID-19 information please visit the Rhode Island Department of Health and RI COVID-19 Response Data Hub.

Resources for Organizations.

COVID Related Grants and Loans.

Re-Opening Resources.

Resource Pages

Resources for Artists and Culture Workers.

Relief Funds and COVID Related Grants.

  • Grants from Commerce– Restore RI, Business Adaptation Grants, and Nonprofit Support Fund Grants.
  • Artist Relief – $5,000 grants for artists facing dire financial emergencies. Applications reviewed weekly, with the final application deadline of September 23rd. National program.
  • Authors League Fund – For career writers facing emergency circumstances. Applications considered on a rolling basis. National program.
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants –  One time $2,000 grants intended to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions, application being accepted through the end of 2021. National program.
  • Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants – One-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies. Check website for next grant cycle.

Government Support Programs.

  • RI Works – Cash assistance for eligible parents, as well as job resources.
  • RI Department of Human Services – Information and application for SNAP (formerly food stamps); Medicaid; and childcare subsidies.
  • HEAP Program – support in paying for heating for your home.
  • HealthSource RI – Health insurance through the state’s exchange, as well as Medicaid.

Business Support.

Resource Pages.

Resources for Educators.