RISCA announces funding for art organizations

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 2:30pm

The following was sent to The Block Island Times from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts on Monday, June 1, 2020:

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today the availability of COVID-19 emergency funding for small and medium sized arts organization through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  The deadline for applications is June 19, 2020, and RISCA anticipates announcing awards in early July.

This funding comes through the CARES Act, a federal program through the National Endowment for the Arts that supports the non-profit arts community in Rhode Island as it attempts to recover from the financial challenges created by the COVID-19 health crisis.

In this latest funding opportunity, RISCA is making available $75,000 in grants of $3,000 or less to support non-profit arts organizations with budgets under $300,000.  RISCA has already awarded funds to its operating support recipients in the first phase of this emergency granting program. The second phase is designed to support small and medium sized non-profit arts organizations who did not participate in Phase I. Funding can be used for salaries, fees for artists or facilities costs for the period from May 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit arts and culture industry is an important sector of America’s economy. RISCA, on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations in Rhode Island to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. These funds are intended to help save jobs in the arts sector and keep the doors open to the hundreds of organizations that add value to Rhode Island’s economy and the creative life of our communities.

In keeping with RISCA’s Strategic Plan and its emphasis on cultural equity and inclusion, a priority in Phase II funding will be to support Rhode Island non-profit arts organizations that are led by and serve communities of color (e.g. their audiences or artists, boards and staffs are African American, Asian American, Native American or Latino, their artistic products typically reflect a non-Western European cultural tradition, etc).

According to guidance from the NEA, these funds can only be used for one or more of the following purposes: salaries; fees for artists and other contracted personnel; or facility costs (rent, utilities, etc.)

Nonprofit arts organizations interested in applying for these funds can go to RISCA’s online grant application system.  A link can be found at https://risca.online/grants/.   For further information contactRandall.Rosenbaum@arts.ri.gov for further information and assistance.

About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders. Visit www.arts.ri.gov for more information.