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Rhode Island Arts, Farm and Fisheries Grant Programs

Here is an update of the Rhode Island grant programs available for arts, farms, and fisheries. 

Rhode Island State Arts Council Grants

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) applications are now open for grants to arts and culture organizations, individual artists, and artists in healthcare. The deadline to complete an application is April 1. For full details, see: https://risca.online/grants/. The grant programs being offered include:

  • Project Grants for Organizations (PGO) - This provides grants of up to $3,000 in support of arts and culture projects that are relevant and meaningful to a Rhode Island community or communities.
  • Community Engaged Project Grants (CEPG) provide funding of up to $3,000 for artists or groups of artists to create arts and culture projects that are directly and actively engaged with Rhode Island residents.
  • The new Make Art Grant program provides grants of up to $3,000 for artists or groups of artists to create or continue specific artwork in any discipline. Projects must have specific goals, though completion and public showing of the art is not required.
  • Project Grants in Healthcare will be updated and revamped this year. The program currently offers matching grants for arts projects that connect teaching artists with healthcare settings such as hospitals, hospice and community health agencies. Teaching artists partner with one or more licensed healthcare staff to implement a project.
  • To assist in the application process, Arts Council staff members have scheduled virtual workshops and office hours through March. These will focus on best practices as well as help with budget planning. First time applicants are encouraged to apply.

Farm Viability Grants- Available to Local Farms and Food Organizations

The RIDEM/Division of Agriculture announced the availability of Farm Viability grant funds for the purpose of enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Rhode Island.

Specialty crops are defined by this federally supported program as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops including floriculture such as Christmas Trees, cut flowers, honey, hops, and turf grass production. Please view USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for a comprehensive list of eligible specialty crops, ineligible commodities, and examples of projects that enhance the competiveness of specialty crops under this program. The due date is March 31. Grant-related questions should be directed by email to DEM.SpecialtyCrop@dem.ri.gov or by telephone at (401) 537-8093.

USDA Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety (SPRS) Block Grant Program – Rhode Island

In an effort to help Rhode Island fishermen and seafood processors weather economic turmoil brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will grant the Ocean State a second round of grants totaling $371,412 through this program.  Administered by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), this federal funding provides COVID-19 relief funding for local seafood processors and processing facilities.

RIDEM will launch a second phase of public meetings, including a regulatory workshop and hearing, to finalize the details of the program. Soon thereafter, an application period for eligible RI-based processors, dealers and processing vessels will be announced. A preliminary estimate for the timing of this application period is March-April 2022. Check this website for updates: http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/marine-fisheries/Fisheries-CARES-Act.php

Other Rhode Island Grant programs

For other RI State Grant programs, check the RI State website: https://www.ri.gov/search/result.php?q=grant

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