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Folk Arts Apprenticeship

Grants to Rhode Island Master Artists to Train
Apprentice Artists in Traditional Art Forms

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Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA)

Deadline Date:

04/01/19 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 to Rhode Island master artists to train apprentice artists in traditional and folk art forms. Funding is intended to support an apprenticeship opportunity for artists sharing a common cultural heritage. Review criteria include the traditionalist and artistic merit of the master artist.

Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grants are designed to foster the fusion of traditional folk artistic skills between a master and an apprentice who is already familiar with the genre. The program creates an opportunity specifically for individuals to unite through a shared cultural background. The folk arts are further defined as the artistic practices that sustains a community’s cultural identity and heritage by having traditions directly passed down from generation to generation.

The folk arts are defined as the artistic practices that reflect the aesthetic heritage and tradition of a community. The learning process is passed on from generation to generation by word of mouth, apprenticeship, and imitation, which all continually binds communities together. Artistic traditions are reinvigorated by the conversations of shared heritage and cultural life.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180676

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may range from $1,000 to $3,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must be submitted by the master artist.

To receive this grant you must meet these requirements:
- 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 (more information available here).

Please note that RISCA encourages one-on-one apprenticeships. In some cases, more than one apprentice per master is appropriate and will be allowed. There is no age requirement to participate as an apprentice. Apprentices under the age of 16 must submit a parent’s or legal guardian’s release or permission form as part of the application procedure.

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.

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

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 that 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:

Application deadline: April 1, 11:59 pm.

If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be midnight the next business day. Any hard copy support materials must be received at the RISCA offices by this time. 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. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Applicants who need assistance completing an application and/or who require the assistance of an interpreter should contact also contact RISCA in advance of the application deadline.

Notification of grant awards will be made within eight to ten weeks of the application deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Elena Calderón Patiño, Community Arts Program Director
P: (401) 222-6996
F: (401) 222-3018

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Rhode Island