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Expansion Arts Grants

The application for this program is currently closed

The application for this program is currently closed.

Supported by a collaboration between Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), and Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH), the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program (RIEAP) offers funding and organizational assistance to community-based, culturally diverse arts and cultural organizations.

It supports small organizations whose programs and missions center on the cultural practices and traditions of Rhode Island’s diverse peoples. RIEAP provides the skills and tools these organizations need to grow as equal partners in the Rhode Island arts and cultural community. Priority is given to newly-emerging groups and those with little history of grant funding. In seeking to build the capacity of these organizations, RIEAP recognizes the broader role they play in strengthening their communities including cultural preservation, education, and youth development.

Funding from RIEAP focuses on developing resilient organizations, including governance, financial management, fundraising, marketing and audience development, documentation and evaluation, youth development, and strategic collaborations and partnerships. Funding also fosters greater connection across the arts and humanities and provides leadership and professional development for a broader network of RIEAP-eligible arts and cultural organizations.

For more information on RIEAP, please contact Elena Calderón Patiño, Director of Community Arts Program, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, at 401-222-6996 or elena.patino@arts.ri.gov

For more information about upcoming events, please subscribe to the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program newsletter.

The next application deadline will be in 2020.

Every four years, Rhode Island Foundation, RISCA, and RICH select four organizations to participate in the next three-year Program which includes:

  • $10,000 grant each year for three years to each organization
  • Participation in four to six capacity building workshops
  • Access to professional consultants
  • One-on-one consultation with an experienced arts and culture administrator
  • Scholarships to attend regional and national conferences
  • Opportunities for seed grants supporting such areas as youth development and intercultural collaborations
  • Convenings with RIEAP alumni that include national keynote speakers such as María López De León and Carlton Turner

  • Small organizations whose programs and missions center on the cultural practices and traditions of Rhode Island’s diverse peoples
  • Organizations that reflect and engage the people and experiences of racially diverse communities in our state

The 2019-2021 cohort selected to participate in the three-year program includes:

EcoArts USA
EcoArts USA supports arts, cultural, and educational exchange programs between artists of color from the United States and artists from Cuba by promoting their talent and creativity.

Korean-American Association of RI
The Korean American Association of Rhode Island was founded in 1975 with the desire to celebrate and share Korean Culture with Rhode Island.

Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading Committee
The Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading celebrates the legacy of the renowned African-American poet. Langston Hughes whose poems, dating from the Harlem Renaissance through the 1960s, continue to resonate today.

Sankofa Community Connection
The Sankofa Community Connection empowers individuals through education, workshops, and training in order to build a thriving African American Community in Newport County.

Youth Development Grant (YDG)
RIEAP provides funding to help facilitate current or future youth development programs where the younger generations learn about their cultural heritage and identity. The YDG grant supports programs that promote future leaders and programs that ensure cultural sustainability.

Intercultural Collaboration Seed Grants
RIEAP offers biennial seed grants that promote intercultural collaboration where cultural ideas, traditions, and heritages are shared. Funded projects and programs support creative partnerships, strengthen our state’s cultural ecosystem, and create sustainable connections between cultural organizations.

In 2018, the following organizations were recipients of the Intercultural Collaboration Seed Grant:

The more than 40 alumni organizations of RIEAP include: