RISCA’s State Cultural Facilities Grant Application is Live and Ready for YOUR Application!

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RISCA’s State Cultural Facilities Grant application for this year is live and ready when you are to prepare YOUR cultural facilities grant application.  The deadline for applications is October 1, 2017, with an online Letter of Intent (LOI) due by September 1.  If you are applying for more than $250,000, your LOI is due by August 1.

The State Cultural Facilities Grant program helps to support cultural facilities capital improvements to arts and cultural facilities in Rhode Island.  Supported by a $30 million bond initiative in 2014, RISCA’s program has funded close to 50 projects in communities throughout the Ocean State.  We anticipate awarded close to $2.5 million in matching grants to organizations applying at the October 1 deadline.

For further information contact Elizabeth Keithline at Elizabeth.Keithline@arts.ri.gov

RISCA’s Adrienne Adeyemi joins New Urban Arts Director on RIPR interview

On the off-chance that you weren’t listening to Rhode Island Public Radio on Thursday morning, May 25th at 6:51am, you missed RISCA’s Adrienne Adeyemi join Dan Schleifer from New Urban Arts talk about New Urban Arts at 20 and the threats public funding for the arts are currently facing.  Thanks to modern technology you can listen at your leisure by going to http://ripr.org/post/ri-artscape-new-urban-arts-20 .  Enjoy.


Groundwork RI Grants Available

Groundwork Rhode Island (GWRI) seeks non-profit partners to deliver one-time and/or high-dosage environmental education programming at GWRI’s three urban green spaces in Providence: an urban farm/greenhouse, tree nursery, and community garden. Applicants may apply for mini-grants up to $5,000 to deliver this programming, focusing on elementary and middle-school-age Providence youth.

 Summer Proposal Submission Deadline – June 15, 2017  

Anticipated Timeframe for Program Implementation – July 3, 2017 through August 16, 2017

Fall Proposal Submission Deadline – July 15, 2017  Anticipated Timeframe for Program Implementation – September 11, 2017 through November 17, 2017

 Please note that this RFP is open to members of the RI Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) only. If you are currently unaffiliated with RIEEA, but would still like to reply to this RFP, you may become a member at any time by visiting http://rieea.org/membership/. The RIEEA membership fee may be included in your proposed program budget. Successful applicants MUST also be affiliated with a recognized 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization (including universities).  For individuals who are unaffiliated with a 501 (c) 3 entity and are interested in applying, please contact Groundwork Rhode Island to discuss options with us.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns feel free to contact Amanda Baez at abaez@groundworkri.org or call 401-305-7174

Ever wonder how the NEA (and RISCA) decide on grants?

The National Endowment for the Arts goes through a rigorous, multi-step process when it awards grants.  From the submission of an application through notification of a grant, the NEA and its panels of experts review applications for both quality of the work and impact of the project.

That’s pretty much what we do here at RISCA as well.  In fact, if you play the excellent video from the NEA (click above) and in your mind just substitute the words “Rhode Island State Council on the Arts” whenever you hear “National Endowment for the Arts”, then you get what we do as well.


Do you have a “clean energy” story to tell? The RI Energy Office wants to know!


The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources is charged with leading Rhode Island to a secure, cost-effective and sustainable energy future, and they are interested in hearing how artists and arts organizations use clean energy or employ conservation efforts in their work.

If you have a story to tell, please share it with Robert Beadle (Robert.Beadle@energy.ri.gov), Communications Manager at the State’s Office of Energy Resources.  Or you can share your story with the world using the Twitter address @energyri and the hashtag #1000megawatts