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Project Grants for Individuals (PGI)

Grants to Rhode Island Artists
for Art Activities in the Community

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Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA)

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Deadline Date:

04/01/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Rhode Island artists for art activities that benefit the community. Funding is intended to support the production of public arts-related events, such as arts classes and workshops, creative collaborations, public performances, exhibitions, and installations with a strong public component. The goal of the grant program is to support creative and talented artists who seek to create, produce, perform, teach, or share their work with the public.

Grants may be used to support artists who create work - outside of nonprofit or other institutional support and structures - that directly engages state residents in some way.

To be eligible for RISCA funding during the current Governor-declared State of Emergency, a project must conform to established safety standards and regulations at the time of project implementation.

Applications will be reviewed on the basis of artistic merit, clarity and achievability, and public value.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179885

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project Grants for Individuals (PGI) provides $500-$3,000 grants.

Term of Contract:

For projects happening between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for PGI support, you must:
- Be a United States citizen or Green Card holder and a current, legal resident of the State of Rhode Island.
- Have established legal residence in Rhode Island for a minimum of twelve consecutive months prior to the date of application and you must be a current legal resident of the State of Rhode Island at the time that grant funds are disbursed. Rhode Island State Law (§44-30-5) defines a "resident" as someone "who is domiciled in this state" or "who is not domiciled in this state but maintains a permanent place of abode in this state and is in this state for an aggregate of more than one hundred eighty-three (183) days of the taxable year. If an individual selected for a grant award is no longer a resident of the State of Rhode Island when funds are to be disbursed, the grant award may be withdrawn.
- Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.

Students attending high school or students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in an arts discipline or an arts-related subject area at the time of application may not apply. Past recipients of RISCA funding may not reapply for support unless all final reports for previous awards have been submitted according to grant contract guidelines.

These grants are not for individuals looking to support their studio practice.

For information about funding restrictions, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

The following grant writing/budgeting workshops have been scheduled:
- Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., click here to register:
- Tuesday, March 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., click here to register:

RISCA staff is available during drop-in virtual office hours to answer questions; help with technology; read drafts; or support whatever other needs you may have. Virtual Zoom drop-in office hours are as follows:
- Wednesday, March 24, 4-6 p.m., Click here to register:
- Saturday, March 27, 10 a.m. – noon, click here to register:
- Wednesday, March 31, 9 a.m.-6p.m., click here to register:
- Thursday, April 1, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., click here to register:

Mollie Flanagan, Individual Artists Program Director, will be holding one-on-one virtual meetings for artists interested in project Grants for Individuals. She will be answering any questions you have about the grant program. You can sign up for either a 30 minute or 1-hour meeting slot. To attend a meeting with Mollie, click here:

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications will open on Feb. 15, 2021, There will NOT be an October deadline for PGI this year. All applications need to be submitted by the April 1, 2021, deadline.

In the event that a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the revised deadline will be 11:59 PM on the next business day. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

One application per cycle will be accepted from individuals applying in this category.

Potential applicants for this grant program are strongly encouraged to contact Mollie Flanagan, Director of Individual Artists Programs.

Access for People with Disabilities: Applicants who need assistance completing an application and/or require an interpreter should contact RISCA well in advance of the deadline.

Individuals applying for PGI grants do not need a match, but cash and in-kind contributions are encouraged to demonstrate support for the project.

View the video of the FY22 grant workshop:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Mollie Flanagan, Director of Individual Artists Programs

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
One Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor
Providence, RI 02908-5803

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Rhode Island

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