How to respond to ‘use of RISCA funds’ question

The purpose of this question is for the panel to know :

1) You will only use the requested RISCA funds to cover eligible expenses.
2) What expenses you are prioritizing in your project.

In the project budget you created, you detailed the expenses associated with your project. You see on the budget some expenses are considered Eligible Expenses, meaning RISCA funds can be used to cover those expenses. The remaining expenses are considered Ineligible Expenses, meaning RISCA funds can’t be used to cover those expenses. For more information on ineligible expenses, see the list of Expenses that RISCA does not fund.

To answer this question, you will just list what eligible expenses you envision covering with your requested RISCA grant. For example, let’s say you are requesting $3,000 from RISCA for a project with a total budget of $4,000. The project expenses are: $2,000 in artistic fees, $500 in production fees, $250 in Marketing expenses, $250 in Accessibility expenses, and $1000 in Out of state travel expenses. With the exception of the Out of state travel expenses, all your listed expenses are eligible expenses for a total of $3,000 in eligible expenses (the exact amount you are requesting from RISCA!). In this scenario, an acceptable answer to this question could be:

We will be using the $3,000 requested from RISCA to cover $2,000 in artistic fees, $500 in production fees, $250 in Marketing expenses, and $250 in Accessibility expenses.


-$2,000 Artistic Fees
-$500 Production Fees
-$250 Marketing Expenses
-$250 Accessibility Expenses

In many cases, an applicant will have more than $3,000 in eligible expenses in their project. With the maximum request being $3,000, applicants wonder what expenses to prioritize covering with their requested RISCA grant. As reflected in our strategic plan, RISCA believes artists, culture bearers, and arts administrators should be paid for their time because arts jobs are job! We orient our panelists to provide higher scores to projects where artists, culture-bearers, and arts administrators are paid for their time.