The State Cultural Facilities Grant Program is a matching grant program. It promotes careful planning for capital improvement, preservation, renovation and new construction projects for public and nonprofit artistic, performance centers, historic sites, museums and cultural art centers located around the state. Through its matching requirements, the program stimulates broader support and participation in cultural facility projects statewide.
Applications for the 2021 grant round (approximately $2.5 million) will be due on October 1. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by December 31.
In March the residents of Rhode Island overwhelmingly approved a bond initiative that, among other things, sets aside $2 million in competitive grants for capital improvements to arts and cultural facilities. Along with our partners at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, we are beginning the work necessary to open a grant application for capital improvements on October 1, 2021.
A public comment process has begun for the Amended Rules and Regulations for this grant program. This public comment period runs from now until August 5, 2021. RISCA has proposed to amend the Rules and Regulations for the State Preservation Grants. Click here for a pdf of the amended rules or go to this web page.
After reviewing the proposed rules, and if you have any comments or recommended changes or additions, please feel free to do one or both of the following:
Attend the virtual public hearing, in accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws § 42352.8, to consider the proposed amendment shall be held on July 22, 2021, at 10 a.m. The public is invited to take part on the Zoom platform or by telephone at 888-788-0099 (toll free).
You can also submit written or oral comments concerning the proposed amendment until August 5. Submit testimony and/or questions or comments to: Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, One Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, 401-222-3883, email: Randall.Rosenbaum@arts.ri.gov.