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Project Grants for Individuals (PGI)

Grants to Rhode Island Artists to Perform,
Teach, and Produce Artwork for the Community

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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 individual artists to teach, perform, produce, and share their work with the public. Funding is intended to produce arts workshops, community arts events, creative collaborations, public performances, and exhibitions and installations with a strong public component.

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179885

Number of Grants:

One application per cycle will be accepted from individuals applying in this category.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to a maximum of $3,000.

Term of Contract:

The April 1 deadline is for grant activities occurring between July 1 and June 30; The October 1 deadline is for grant activities occurring between January 1 and June 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for PGI support, you must:
- Be a United States citizen or Green Card holder and a current, legal resident of the State of Rhode Island.

- 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 (§44-30-5) 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

- Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.

- Students attending high school or students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in an arts discipline or an arts-related subject area at the time of application may not apply.

Past recipients of RISCA funding may not reapply for support unless all final reports for previous awards have been submitted according to grant contract guidelines.

Individuals who are staff of a non-profit organization cannot apply for funding for projects that are part of that organization's programming. Individuals who are paid staff or proprietors of a for-profit organization cannot apply for funding for projects that are a product or service of that organization. Individuals and organizations cannot apply for funding for the same project at the same deadline. Members of the RISCA staff, Council, and their spouses and immediate relatives are also ineligible to apply.

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:

Potential applicants for this grant program are strongly encouraged to contact Mollie Flanagan, Director of Individual Artists Programs.

Access for People with Disabilities: Applicants who need assistance completing an application and/or require an interpreter should contact RISCA well in advance of the deadline.

Because the deadline falls on a weekend, the revised deadline will be 11:59 PM on the next business day, Monday, April 2, 2018. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. One application per cycle will be accepted from individuals applying in this category.

Individuals applying for PGI grants do not need a match, but cash and in-kind contributions are encouraged to demonstrate support for the project.

The application review process follows approximately this schedule:
- Applications are due by 11:59 PM on April 1 and October 1
- Applications are checked by staff for accuracy and completeness, and then prepared for review by an advisory panel
- Applications are sent to the panelists and are read and ranked online
- The review panel meets to determine their final funding recommendations
- Funding recommendations go to the RISCA Council for their review and approval
- Notification of grant awards will be made within twelve weeks of the application deadline

Be aware that there is no guarantee that the process will move according to this schedule, and it may take more time to review and award grants at certain times of the year. Once a grant has been awarded, applicants should understand that the grant processing procedure is lengthy. In some cases, grant funds may not be received prior to the start of a project. Applicants should be aware of this possibility and plan their cash flow accordingly.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Mollie Flanagan, Director of Individual Artists Programs

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

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USA: Rhode Island