RISCA Grants

(4.15) For artists and culture workers getting slammed in this new Covid economy: The Rhode Island State Council of the Arts has grant money for qualified persons. This is unrestricted funding to be used for any kind of relief. You do not need to reveal how you spend the money.

This fund is intended to help artists and culture workers experiencing financial losses or hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Application deadline is April 15.

The Rhode Island Artist Relief Fund will award grants of up to $1,000 to help artists, teaching artists, arts administrators and other freelance arts and culture workers stay housed, fed, and safe in this time.

As part of RISCA’s response, we have worked with partners at Providence Arts Culture + Tourism and the Rhode Island Foundation to create and fund an Artist Relief Fund, which will be managed by RISCA and administered by the Alliance of Artist Communities.

We are starting with a seed fund of $100,000 from the Rhode Island Foundation, RISCA, and Mayor Jorge Elorza. We invite you to join this effort to support our freelance arts and culture workers in this time, particularly before the financial relief included in the CARES Act is accessible to self-employed workers.

One local musician found the application easy to navigate. “It’s an easy application, go do it right now!”


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