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Minority arts and cultural groups can apply for grants
By Chris Barnett / August 14, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
The Rhode Island Foundation is offering small arts and cultural organizations from the minority community capacity-building grants of up to $30,000 through its Expansion Arts Program (EAP).

“We believe in the importance of nourishing the artistic and cultural traditions of communities of color. This is an important part of our strategy to foster diverse participation in the arts,” said Daniel Kertzner, the Foundation’s grantmaker in the arts sector.

A joint effort with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the program targets emerging organizations whose programs and missions center on the cultural practices and traditions of Rhode Island’s diverse communities. The goal is to provide the skills and tools these groups need to grow as equal partners in the Rhode Island arts and cultural sectors.

“In seeking to build the capacity of these organizations, we recognize the broader role they play in strengthening their communities including cultural preservation, education and youth development,” said Kertzner.

The Foundation will award up to four organizations $10,000 annually over the course of the three-year program. Priority is given to start-up groups. Sept. 3 is the deadline to apply.

In addition, consultants will work with the groups to help them build knowledge and expertise in the areas of financial management, marketing and audience development, leadership development and strategic collaborations.

The recipients of the last round of funding were the Cambodian Society of Rhode Island, the Center for the Arts and Culture of the Americas, Eastern Medicine Singers and RPM Voices of Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2014, the Foundation awarded $34.8 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.
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