State Arts Council Opens Applications for Individual Artists and R.I.’s Teaching Artist Roster

Application deadline for both programs is June 30

Applications are now open for the individual artist grant program, General Operating Support for Artists, and R.I.’s Teaching Artist Roster.

The Teaching Artist Roster is a listing of teaching artists and arts organizations who have been reviewed by public panels. They are selected based on their mastery of an artistic discipline, experience and training to work in educational settings.

RISCA’s General Operating Support for Artists program provides grants of $6,000 for each of three consecutive years (totaling $18,000) for artists to work toward large, specific, self-identified goals in their art practice. This funding is unrestricted, and artists can use the funds to support their goals. First time applicants are encouraged to apply. Three artists will be selected to receive this grant

Arts Council staff members have scheduled workshops and/or office hours throughout May and June to help you get ready for the June 30 deadline.

For questions and information on the Teaching Roster, contact

For General Operating Support for Artists support, an application walk-through workshops have been scheduled for:

  • Monday, May 8, 2-3:30 p.m., click here to RSVP.
  • Thursday, June 1, noon to 1:30 p.m. Click here to RSVP .

Drop-in office hours:

To schedule a one-on-one 30-minute grant support meeting, click here.

R.I.’s Diversity, Equity and Opportunity Division Provides Application Walk-Through for Minority and Women owned businesses

Join us for an online deep dive into the application process for the Minority Business Enterprise and Women Business Enterprise Certifications

Friday, May 26, 10 a.m., in English; 2 p.m., in Spanish

We have teamed up with the R.I. Minority Business Enterprise Compliance Office (MBECO) so artists, arts administrators, and small arts and culture organizations can learn more about business certifications by state and government entities. State agencies, including RISCA, contract with a variety of small businesses and are required by law to seek out entities that are Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) or Women Business Enterprise (WBE).

By getting certified, you may get more work and/or make key contacts to help you grow your business!

Please join Ana Pimentel and Anthony Aquino, both Programming Services Officers with MBECO, for an online webinar where they present a thorough question-by-question walk-through of the applications for the Minority Business Enterprise and Women Business Enterprise.

Event details

What: MBECO application review for Minority Business Enterprise and Women Business Enterprise Certifications.
When: Friday, May 26, at 10 a.m. (English); 2 p.m. in Spanish.
Where: Online and RSVP required through Eventbrite. For English, click here; for Spanish, click here.

State Arts Council’s grant applications now open for five arts grant programs

Key staff members lead meetings to navigate grant application process

RI’s State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that applications are now available for grants in the following program areas, arts and culture organizations; artists in education and healthcare; and teaching and individual artists. The deadline to complete an application is April 1.

To assist in the grant-application process, Arts Council staff members have scheduled virtual workshops and office hours throughout February and March. Click Here to join a workshop or schedule an appointment to meet online with a staff member.

The online meetings will focus on best practices as well as help with budget planning. In announcing the arts grants being made available, RISCA’s Executive Director Randall Rosenbaum thanked the Governor and the members of the Rhode Island General Assembly for their continued support. “Our state’s investment in the arts has become a key economic driver and Rhode Islanders benefit from a working arts sector,” he said, adding, “Our staff is available to help with the application process. If you’re new to submitting a grant application to RISCA, or you just want a refresher, reach out to our staff to participate in a virtual workshop or meeting.”

FY22 Grant applications are now open for the following programs:

  • Available to organizations, Arts Access Grants support arts and culture programs throughout the state that demonstrate excellent artistic, education and cultural value, as well as engagement with and relevance to their community. Read More.
  • Project Grants for Individuals provide grants to artists’ instigated and organized arts projects with a strong public component. Grants support highly creative and talented artists who seek to create, produce, perform, teach or share their work with the public. Read More.
  • Project Grants in Education (PGE) and Project Grants in Education for Individuals (PGA), support artists and cultural organizations collaborating with schools and other educational entities. For more on PGE, click Here; for more on PGA, click Here.
  • Project Grants in Healthcare offer matching grants for arts projects that connect teaching artists with healthcare settings. Read More.