Expansion Arts Program

Supported by a collaboration between the Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the Expansion Arts Program (EAP) offers funding and organizational assistance to community-based, culturally diverse arts and cultural organizations.
The India Association of Rhode Island, represented here by Tushar Patel, was one of four grantees in the most recent EAP program. See more photos from the 2016 Expansion Arts Program Convening.
EAP supports small organizations whose programs and missions center on the cultural practices and traditions of Rhode Island’s diverse peoples. It 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. In seeking to build the capacity of these organizations, the EAP recognizes the broader role they play in strengthening their communities including cultural preservation, education, and youth development.

Funding from Expansion Arts focuses on developing resilient organizations, including governance, financial management, fundraising, marketing and audience development, documentation and evaluation, leadership development, and strategic collaborations and partnerships. Funding also will foster greater connection across the arts and humanities as well as provide leadership and professional development for a broader network of EAP-eligible arts and cultural organizations.

About the Grant Awards

In 2016, the Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH), and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) selected four organizations to participate in the next three-year EAP: RI Cape Verdean Heritage, Colombian American Cultural Society, India Association of Rhode Island, and Laotian Community Center of Rhode Island.

EAP grantees each are receiving:

  • $10,000 grant each year for three years;
  • Access to professional consultants with expertise in the above areas

Participating organizations are expected to appoint a main contact and designate at least three people to participate in workshops (3-4 per year) and other events. Small organizations whose programs and missions center on the cultural practices and traditions of Rhode Island’s diverse peoples were eligible to apply. How organizations reflect and engage the people and experiences of racially diverse communities in our state was considered when making funding decisions. Organizations that received funding from EAP since 2003 were ineligible to apply.

To Apply

The next deadline for applications will be late in 2017. All applications must be submitted online by the deadline.

Complete an application


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Providence, RI 02903


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