RISCA Grant Applications Now Open!

Our spring grant cycle applications are now open! They are due by 11:59pm on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Grant categories include: Project Grants for Individuals, Fellowships in Crafts, Film & Video, Fiction, Poetry, Play and Screenwriting, Photography, and Three Dimensional ArtArts Access, Projects in Education, Arts in Healthcare Projects, Big Yellow School Bus, and Open Artist Studio Tour

We have a bunch of grant workshops! We are also hosting drop in grant writing support in partnership with Providence Community Library. This is unstructured time, with laptops and computers available, for you to actually write your grant application. RISCA staff will be present to read drafts, answer questions, give technical support, and help with your budgets. We’ll be at Mt. Pleasant Library on Tuesday, March 13th from 3-8pm; Rochambeau Library on Thursday, March 29th, from 3-8pm; and South Providence Library on Saturday, March 31st from 11am-5pm.

As always, you may also contact the program director with questions or to schedule a one on one meeting.

Apply For The Tinney Family Arts Scholarship

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport County is offering the Tinney Family Arts Scholarship of $2,000 in memory of the Tinney Family. The Tinney family is best known for building a Gold Coronation Coach that was designed by Donald Tinney in 1966. He also restored Belcourt Castle in Newport, created and restored stained glass windows, and also inspired students to learn many of the “lost arts”.


Donald Tinney can best be described as a “Renaissance” man. He studied music played the piano, the organ, and sang in a boy’s choir.  Through hard work, artistic talent, and dedication he transformed a family historic farm into a stunning estate with beautiful landscaping and stone paths.   With members of his family Donald learned woodworking, upholstering, oil painting, refinishing antiques, and other artistic skills.  Even though the Tinneys were not born with monetary wealth; they were rich with love, talent, and ambition.


This scholarship is to be awarded to a graduating High School Senior who has demonstrated artistic talent and the ambition to strive for excellence. All areas of the Arts will be accepted and considered.  It is the desire in giving this scholarship that the Tinney family’s protégé will cherish and perpetuate the Tinney legacy while making  the most of his/her own  inherent artistic abilities.


CLICK HERE for an outline of the Eligibility and Application Requirements.  If you have any  questions, please send an e-mail to info@newportarts.org  with “Tinney Scholarship” in the subject line.


Artistically yours,


The Tinney Family Arts Scholarship Committee

NEFA’s Touring and Tour Planning Grant Application due February 20th

Expeditions grants support New England nonprofit organizations to plan and implement tours of high-quality arts projects involving New England, national, and international artists.

Expeditions Tour Planning grants provide resources for projects that need additional planning time to build interest among tour partners, leading to an application for Expeditions Touring support.

Touring grants provide funding for presenting high quality artists in tours that exhibit strong collaboration between artists, presenters, and nonprofit organizations to creatively engage communities in New England. Expeditions Touring projects must include at least three New England nonprofit partners in geographically separate communities from at least two states. Expeditions Touring grants provide up to 50% of artist fees (with a maximum grant of $10,000 per tour partner).

For more information, and to apply, click here.