Artist Open Studio Tour Grant

To apply, click here to access the RISCA grant portal for individuals.

Artist Open Studio Tour (AOST) grants provide support for marketing and administration of artist-initiated open studio tours. The studio tour must consist of multiple artists within one studio building or several nearby buildings, and be open to the public. AOST grants support communities of artists around the state of Rhode Island working together to bring people into their studios.

Grant Amounts

$750 per fiscal year.


Grants will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis until program funds are expended. RISCA’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.


Mollie Flanagan, Individual Artists Program Director, 401-222-3881


To receive this grant you must meet these requirements:

  • At least eighteen years of age.
  • Not a high school, undergraduate or graduate student studying art or arts-related subjects.
  • United States citizen or Green Card holder.
  • Legal Rhode Island resident from at least a year before the application date to when grant is made (more information available here).

One application per year will be accepted for open studio tours.

Past recipients of RISCA funding may not reapply for support unless all final reports for previous awards have been submitted according to grant contract guidelines.

Members of the RISCA staff, Council, and their spouses and immediate relatives are also ineligible to apply.

Funding Considerations

All RISCA grant awards are contingent upon the availability of funds from the Rhode Island State General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Grant applications are considered on a first come first served basis, and complete and eligible applications will be awarded until funds are expended.

The Council reserves the right to increase or decrease either the amount or the number of awards granted in any given year.

What RISCA Will and Will Not Fund

Artist Open Studio Tour grant funding may be used for marketing and administrative expenses for a specific open studio tour. Council support may not be used for:

  • Bricks and mortar activities and capital improvements, or for the purchase of permanent equipment
  • Eliminating or reducing existing debt, or for contributions to an endowment fund
  • Fundraising efforts, such as social events or benefits
  • Prizes and awards
  • Hospitality expenses, such as food and beverages for openings or receptions. Under no circumstances will the purchase of alcoholic beverages be supported
  • Expenses incurred or activities occurring prior to July 1 or after June 30 in the fiscal year in which the grant has been awarded
  • Applications where the purpose is to “regrant” or award funds using some or all of the RISCA grant funds
  • Activities which are part of a graduate or undergraduate degree program, or for which academic credit is received
  • Applications for projects that proselytize or promote religious activities, or which take place as part of a religious service
  • Performances and exhibitions not available to the general public.

Grant Award Requirements

RISCA grant recipients must acknowledge their RISCA support in a prominent manner in all materials and announcements, both audio and visual, related to the grant program. Grant recipients must also display, in a prominent manner, the RISCA logo in association with that acknowledgment. Guidelines and logos here.

Final Report

All grantees are required to submit a final report detailing their grant-related activities within 30 days of the completion of the grant project or by no later than July 31, whichever comes first. For example, if you received an award at the April or October 2017 deadline, your final report is due July 31, 2018. Final reports are found online at the RISCA Grant Portal for individuals.

All grantees are subject to periodic audit or review by RISCA or the State of Rhode Island and must retain fiscal records for a period of seven (7) years following the grant period.