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Fellowship in Folk Arts

Fellowship and Award to Rhode Island
Artists for Work in Folk Art Disciplines

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Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA)

Deadline Date:

04/01/18 4:30 PM Hard Copy Receipt or 11:59 PM Electronic Receipt


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Fellowship of $5,000 and award of $1,000 to Rhode Island individual artists who demonstrate outstanding accomplishment and skill in a folk arts discipline. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Applications are invited from artists who have produced a substantial body of artistic work that may be presented in a professional manner.

The folk arts are defined as those artistic practices which are community or family-based and express that community's aesthetic heritage and tradition. The learning process is informal and is passed on from generation to generation by word of mouth, apprenticeship, and imitation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180693

Number of Grants:

One Folk Arts Fellowship and one Folk Arts Fellowship Merit Award will be granted each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Folk Arts Fellowship: $5,000
-Folk Arts Fellowship Merit Award: $1,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You must be A United States citizen or Green Card holder and a current, legal resident 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 (§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grant award is no longer a resident of the State of Rhode Island when funds are to be disbursed, the grant award may be withdrawn.

Applicants must be at least eighteen 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.

Only one Folk Arts Fellowship application is allowed per person per deadline. Individuals may not apply for a Folk Arts Fellowship and a Folk Arts Apprenticeship at the same deadline.

Folk Arts Fellowship applicants are ineligible to reapply for one fiscal year if they have received funding in this category for three consecutive years.

Past RISCA grant recipients may not reapply for RISCA funds unless all final reports for previous awards have been submitted.

RISCA staff, Council and their spouses and immediate relatives are ineligible to apply for RISCA funds.

Pre-Application Information:

All potential applicants to the Folk Arts Fellowship Program must contact Elena Calderón Patiño to discuss their application before the deadline.

Applicants who need assistance completing an application and/or who require the assistance of an interpreter should contact also contact Elena by phone or email well in advance of the application deadline.

The deadline to apply for a Folk Arts Fellowship is 11:59 PM on April 1. Hard copy materials must be received in the RISCA offices by no later than 4:30 PM on deadline date. Postmarks do not apply.

When the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be 11:59 PM on the next business day. As the April 1, 2018, deadline falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted through Monday, April 2, 2018.

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

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:

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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USA: Rhode Island