Coronavirus and the Arts: Resources and Updates

Last updated September 1, 2020.

Since early March 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 Mollie Flanagan at

For COVID-19 information please visit the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Working with RISCA.

Please visit our Working with RISCA post for updated information from our team.

What will happen to my grant?

If you or your organization was awarded a grant during our 2020 fiscal year (which includes the grant application deadlines of April 1 and October 1, 2019), we have extended both the program period and the final report due date to December 31, 2020. Please be in touch with your program director via email to inform them of project updates, postponements, or cancellations. We will be as flexible as possible.

What is happening with RISCA’s grants this year?

We don’t know yet – we are waiting on a state budget for the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2020. We are currently postponing opening our fall grant cycle, applications are typically due October 1st. Our April deadline, which was extended to April 15th, has been reviewed by panels and our council – but we can’t notify or award any grants until we have an enacted budget. Stay tuned to our social media, email newsletter, and right here on our website for updates.

Resources for Organizations.

COVID Related Grants and Loans.

Re-Opening Resources.

Retaining Staff.

Resource Pages.

Resources for Artists and Culture Workers.

Relief Funds and COVID Related 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 2020. National program.
  • Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants – One-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies. Next grant cycle opens September 28th, and closes October 26, 2020. National program.
  • CERF+ COVID-19 Relief Grant – $1,000 grants for artists working in craft and/or folk & traditional arts who are experiencing a dire financial emergency as a result of COVID-19 including food, housing, or health insecurities. Applications open through September 9th at 5:00pm. National program.
  • Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund – One time micro grants of $200 for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators.

Government Support Programs.

Business Support.

Resource Pages.

Resources for Educators.