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Design Innovation Grant (DIG)

Grant to a Rhode Island Designer for an Outstanding
Innovation or Creative Design Solution

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Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA)

Deadline Date:

10/01/18 Midnight


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Grant of $6,000 to a Rhode Island professional designer for a creative and innovative design idea. Design proposals are for one of the following: to produce an innovative design, process, or application, or to create a new product or service that can benefit the public.

Awards are based upon samples of past work and proposals for future work. Grant recipients are not required to pursue implementation of winning design proposals nor completion of design projects. They will be asked, however, to take their design to the next phase. They should, for example, meet with potential partners, create more detailed schematics, or project development plans.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173209

Number of Grants:

One grant will be awarded each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

One grant of $6,000 will be awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- At least eighteen years of age
- Not a high school, undergraduate or graduate student studying art or arts-related subjects
- United States citizen or Green Card holder
- Legal Rhode Island resident from at least a year before the application date to when grant is made. (For more information:

What RISCA will and will not fund:
Council support may be used for expenses related to a specific project, such as production, presentation, marketing, and reasonable administrative expenses necessary for carrying out the project.

Council support may not be used for:
- Bricks and mortar activities and capital improvements, or for the purchase of permanent equipment
- Eliminating or reducing existing debt, or for contributions to an endowment fund
- Fundraising efforts, such as social events or benefits
- Prizes and awards
- Hospitality expenses, such as food and beverages for openings or receptions
- Under no circumstances will the purchase of alcoholic beverages be supported
- Expenses incurred or activities occurring prior to July 1 or after June 30 in the fiscal year in which the grant has been awarded
- Applications where the purpose is to “regrant” or award funds using some or all of the RISCA grant funds
- Activities which are part of a graduate or undergraduate degree program, or for which academic credit is received
- Applications for projects that proselytize or promote religious activities, or which take place as part of a religious service
- Performances and exhibitions not available to the general public, or which are inaccessible to people with disabilities

Pre-Application Information:

Next cycle opens August 1.

Deadline: All support materials must be received by Midnight on October 1.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Mollie Flanagan to discuss proposals in detail.

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Mollie Flanagan
Phone: 401-222-3882

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Rhode Island