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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)

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Deadline Date:

10/01/17 11:59 PM


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Grant of $6,000 to a Rhode Island professional designer for a creative and innovative design idea. Applicants should contact program staff before applying to discuss their proposals. 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 could benefit the public.

Designers are challenged to develop plans and concepts demonstrating extraordinary creative problem solving and innovation in a design field.

The DIG grant awards Rhode Island designers who demonstrate excellence and innovation in their field. Awards are based on samples of past work and proposals for future work. Grant recipients are not required to pursue implementation of winning design proposals or completion of design projects. However, award recipients will be asked to pursue the next phase of their project such as meeting with potential partners, creating more detailed schematics and creating a project development plan, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173209

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Estimated Size of Grant:

One grant of $6,000 will be awarded each year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age.
- Students pursuing graduate or undergraduate degrees in an arts discipline or an arts-related subject area at the time of application may not apply.
- Applicants must be United States citizens or Green Card holders and current, legal residents of the State of Rhode Island. You must 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 (ยง44-30-5) 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.

DIG grant recipients will be ineligible to apply for two deadlines following receipt of an award (for example, if you apply on October 1, 2014 and receive a grant, you may not apply again until October 1, 2017).

Pre-Application Information:

DIG grant recipients will be ineligible to apply for two deadlines following receipt of an award.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Cristina DiChiera to discuss proposals in detail. All applications, including support materials, must be submitted online.

Interested in applying for a RISCA grant at the October 1st deadline? Meet with RISCA staff to get advice and support on your application. Drop in to the office hours listed below in Contact Information to talk directly with a RISCA staff member about your application and the grant process.

Contact Information:

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

Drop In Office Hours-Woonsocket:
Drop In Office Hours- Westerly:
Drop In Office Hours- Tiverton:

To register and then apply, go to

Cristina DiChiera
Phone: (401) 222-3882

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA)
One Capitol Hill, Third Floor
Providence, RI 02908

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Rhode Island