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Arts Access Grant (AAG)

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits to Support Arts and
Cultural Programs that Will Enhance Local Communities

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Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA)

Deadline Date:

10/01/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Rhode Island nonprofits for arts programs and new ventures that will enhance local communities. Funding is intended to support local arts and cultural organizations that strengthen the state's economy, the vitality of local communities, the education of all Rhode Islanders, and their quality of life.

Organizations must demonstrate excellent artistic, educational, and cultural value, as well as engagement with their community. As a rule, programs should be geared to a broad and diverse audience.

Council support may be used for expenses related to arts programming and production of a single event or a series of events, such as the production, presentation, marketing and for reasonable administrative expenses necessary for carrying out the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179553

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award in this category is $3,000. Be aware that grants are frequently awarded at less than the requested amount.

Term of Contract:

Grant activities must take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to qualify for AAG support, you must be:

- A nonprofit organization incorporated in and conducting business in the State of Rhode Island, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, registered with the Rhode Island Secretary of State, governed by a revolving board of directors, trustees or advisory board drawn from the community at large and shown to be actively involved in the governance of the organization.

- A non-exempt, Rhode Island-based organization using a fiscal sponsor that fits the above requirements. Organizations that have not yet received the appropriate IRS tax-exempt determination may be sponsored by an eligible nonprofit organization.

Divisions, branches, departments, programs, or other subunits of nonprofit corporations, colleges, or universities shall be ineligible to apply on their own; applications may be submitted only by the parent corporation.

Parent corporations and fiscal sponsors must not be grantees of any other RISCA program.

Organizations that receive grants in IAC will not be eligible to apply for support in the AAG category, or in our Project Grants for Individuals or Education categories.

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:

The deadline for AAG grants is is 11:59 pm on April 1 and October 1. Because the deadline falls on a weekend, the revised deadline will be 11:59 PM on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Any hard copy support materials must be received at the RISCA offices by 11:59 pm on the deadline date. Postmarks do not apply; materials postmarked by the deadline date but received on a later date will not be counted as part of your application.

Potential applicants are highly encouraged to speak with RISCA staff ahead of submitting an application.

All Arts Access Grants require a dollar-for-dollar cash match. In other words, your request to RISCA cannot exceed 50% of your cash income; each dollar granted by RISCA must be matched by a dollar of cash income from another source. In-kind contributions may not be applied to the match requirement.

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

Mollie Flanagan, Grants to Organizations Program Director
Phone: 401-222-3882

Adrienne Adeyemi, Grants to Organizations Program Director

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
One Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor
Providence, RI 02908-5803

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Rhode Island