Major Grant

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits and Schools
for Humanities and Civic Education Initiatives

GrantWatch ID#: 176309
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH)


01/15/17 5:00 PM EST

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Grants starting at $2,000 to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations and schools for public humanities projects, documentary films, and civic education initiatives. Applicants must register their Intent to Apply by November 1. Drafts for staff review are due December 1 (this step is optional).

Funding will be provided for the following three types of proposals:

1. Public Projects: Rhode Island Council for the Humanities supports public humanities projects that enrich and enliven the lives of residents through a variety of formats, including community conversations, talks and lectures, new media technology, museum interpretations and exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, book or film discussions, oral histories, and radio shows.

2.Documentary/Film: Rhode Island Council for the Humanities supports documentary films that preserve Rhode Island’s stories and bring its history to life. The Council follows a three-phase approach to funding documentary films:

Phase 1: Research (not eligible for these grants)
Phase 2: Script Development (development level major grant)
Phase 3: Production and Post Production (major grant)

It is only on a rare occasion that the Council funds finishing or post-production for a film for which the Council has not funded its development.

3. K-12 Civic Education: K-12 Civic Education Grants support projects that enhance the humanities components of K-12 education through the creative integration of the Rhode Island Social Studies Grade Span Expectations in teaching and learning, in order to cultivate the civic leaders of future generations.

Funding for K-12 Civic Education Grants will be provided for:

- Curriculum development and implementation
- Field trips
- Student research
- Teacher development and workshops
- Programs that creatively engage students in history, their local communities, and civic action

The Major Grant Program is for requests over $2,000.

Projects and initiatives must begin after April 1, 2017.

The Major Grant Program invites nonprofit organizations and schools to apply for funding in support of public projects, documentary films, and civic education initiatives.

Your organization may apply for a grant if:
- You have a current 501(c)3 or equivalent tax-exempt status.
- You are in “good standing” with the Council, i.e., you do not have an overdue grant report or a previously defaulted grant.
- You do not currently have an open grant with the Council

Funding Colleges and Universities:

The Council accepts proposals from colleges and universities that demonstrate a commitment to reach an audience beyond the campus community. Such proposals should show strong community collaboration, a well-defined outreach and publicity plan, and stated audience goals.

Out-of-State Applicants:
Non-Rhode Island based organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply, but should be prepared to articulate the impact their project will have in Rhode Island. The Council prioritizes funding for projects with a clear Rhode Island connection.

Line Items the Council Does Not Fund:
- Food or beverages
- Academic fees or other degree-related expenses, including academic research
- Fellowships or scholarships
- Courses
- Foreign, non-economy, or extensive domestic travel
- Book publication
- Fundraising or for-profit activities
- Restoration work and construction work
- Creation of art or performances in the arts
- Equipment purchases
- Archival acquisitions
- Direct social action or political action, e.g., counseling, legal or medical services, economic development activities, lobbying
- Economic development activities

Other restrictions may apply.

Key Dates and Deadlines:

Register your Intent to Apply: October 1 – November 1, 2016
Submit Draft for Staff Review (optional): December 1, 2016
Final Applications Due: January 15, 2017
Award notifications: mid-March 2017

All materials must be submitted to the Council through the online grants portal by 5:00 PM EST on the day of the established deadline. Deadlines that fall on weekends or holidays are honored on the next business day. Please pay close attention to the grant deadlines; no exceptions are made.

Rhode Island Cultural Data Project Requirement:

Rhode Island CDP is a powerful online management tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations. This unique system will provide your organization with the tools necessary to analyze and benchmark your financial and organizational data. The CDP highly encourages organizations to participate in an orientation session before getting started in the database.

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