Real Art Ways calls for entry for emerging artists

Emerging artists residing in New EnglandNew York, or New Jersey are invited to submit their work for consideration for The Real Art Awards at Real Art Ways. In addition to a $2,500 prize, chosen artists will receive a solo exhibit at Real Art Ways in 2018 or 2019, an exhibition publication with essay and documentation of the exhibit, curatorial assistance, and the opportunity for an artist talk. The deadline is April 8th, 2018 at 11:59pm.

More more information and to apply, click here.


Arts Organizations, take note: Rhode Island Foundation creates new Responsive Grant funding category

Rhode Island Foundation

The Rhode Island Foundation has created a new funding category called “Responsive Grants”, designed to “address urgent community need, emerging opportunity, new ideas, and proven programs in the nonprofit space.”

Grants made through this program will start at $10,000, and the grant term will generally be one year.  Organizations can apply any time, but are only eligible for one award per calendar year from this program.

Responsive Grants are designed to support organizations across the nonprofit sector – including those working in the arts, or to serve children & families, or to provide affordable housing, or to protect the environment. The program will also support organizations that are focused on other areas of need.

The Rhode Island Foundation’s Responsive Grant funding category is accepting applications now. Click here to learn more, and begin the application process.

Black Earth Institute Call for Fellows

The Black Earth Institute is seeking 6 new fellows for 2018-2021

The Black Earth Institute is a community of creative, committed artists and a grant resource. Established in 2005, BEI is dedicated to supporting art in re-forging the links between spirit, earth and society, for art and its makers create the space for changing minds and the world. With this in mind, BEI endeavors to bring together a group of artists who are activists, whether in their own fields or in general causes, to foment change.

BEI seeks fellows from different genres, such as literary, dramatic and media artists; performance artists making a political statement; or journalists addressing the urgent social and environmental issues facing the planet. We seek fellows from different points in their life journeys, be they published or tenured, or new break-through artists, who have gained or are gaining recognition for leadership. BEI will continue its legacy of including fellows representing diverse communities: academic, activist, gender-identified, racial, ethnic and international.

The fellowship lasts for three years, and includes a funded annual retreat, funding for a specific arts project, and editing an issue of About Place Journal. For more information and to apply, click here.

RISCA Grant Applications Now Open!

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

To apply for Project Grants for Individuals, Fellowships in Crafts, Film & Video, Fiction, Poetry, Play and Screenwriting, Photography, and Three Dimensional Art, click here. For an overview of these grants and application guidelines, click here.

To apply for the Folk Art Fellowship and Folk Arts Apprenticeship, click here. For an overview of these grants and application guidelines, click here.

To apply for Arts Access Grants, Project Grants in Education, Arts in Healthcare Project Grants, Big Yellow School Bus, and Open Artist Studio Tour, click here. For an overview of organization grants and application guidelines, click here. For an overview of education grants and application guidelines, click here.

We have a bunch of grant workshops! Click here to see when and where, and to RSVP. 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 can also contact the program director with any questions or to schedule a one on one meeting.

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.

LEF Foundation Grants for Production Funding due January 26th

LEF invests in documentary film and video projects that demonstrate excellence in technique, originality of vision and voice, and creativity in form. The strongest proposals will be those that clearly articulate the ways in which the proposed project aligns with the program’s funding criteria.

A maximum of (6) grants of $15,000 each will be awarded to projects in the production phase during LEF’s major grants review. Appropriate Use of Funds: Production funds may be used for shooting picture and sound, early stage editing, equipment costs, materials, travel, and staffing (creative, technical, or otherwise).

For more information, and to apply, click here.

New England Dance Fund Grants for Choreographers due February 9th

Through the New England Dance Fund, NEFA will award small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance.

To be eligible for the Februrary 9, 2018, deadline for the New England Dance Fund, choreographers must:

  • Have a Creative Ground profile with DANCE as the primary discipline.
  • Reside full-time and make work in one of the six New England states.
  • Fulfill the Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients (see below), if awarded.
  • Be applying for an opportunity that will take place between April 1, 2018-March 31, 2019.

Eligible opportunities may include, but are not limited to: residencies; research trips; conferences; workshops or other trainings that build creative or administrative skills; tour planning; publication expenses; documentation; video shoots; artist fees needed to prepare the work for a pivotal  presentation opportunity; hiring a consultant; mentorship.

For more information, and to apply, click here.