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Artist Relief Fund

Grants to Rhode Island Artists for Financial
Assistance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA)

Deadline Date:

06/14/21 8:00 PM


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Grants of $800 to Rhode Island individual artists for financial assistance in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to support local artists who have experienced financial losses due to the pandemic. Grants are unrestricted and designed to support immediate basic needs, such as rent/mortgage, utilities, food, insurance, and medical care.

This fund is open to those who have lost income related to their artistic practice due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Artistic practice is broadly defined and includes teaching artists, arts administrators, and other arts and culture workers. Acceptable losses include, but are not limited to, those that have resulted from an inability to: teach in-person classes or workshops; participate in paid residencies; perform, curate, or otherwise participate in paid gigs; display work in art galleries or museum shows; sell work at craft fairs; offer services as a teaching artist; etc. Please note that grant awards are based on immediate financial need, and not on total loss of income.

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GrantWatch ID#: 189010

Number of Grants:

Approximately 250 grants

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Rhode Island artists who have lost income due to the pandemic may apply.

To be eligible, applicant must be able to answer “Yes” to all of these questions:
- Applicant has been a Rhode Island resident for at least one year and will be a resident upon receipt of any grant funding.
- Applicant is a practicing artist, culture worker, or arts administrator capable of providing examples of creative work made, curated, or otherwise administered.
- Applicant is at least 18 years of age.
- Applicant is not currently enrolled in a degree-granting program (e.g. Bachelor’s or Master’s; if pursuing a Ph.D., coursework must be completed).
- Applicant is experiencing financial hardship due to a loss of income related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pre-Application Information:

Phase 3 of the Artist Relief Fund will open for applications on June 1, 2021. The application deadline for the Third Phase of the Artist Relief Fund is Monday, June 14 at 8 pm.

Application Support: Mollie Flanagan will be holding open office hours via Zoom to answer any questions and assist with applications. Email her for more information.

All applications will be screened for eligibility, and then all eligible applications will be selected for funding via a lottery system. The Artist Relief Fund anticipates significantly more applications than there are funds available.

Grant allocations will be determined and applicants notified by the end of the day, Friday, June 18th. Grant payments will begin on June 21st and continue until all funds have been distributed.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online (from June 1):

Direct questions to Mollie Flanagan at:

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
One Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908

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