About Expansion Arts

Supported by a collaboration between Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), and the 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.

The Colombian American Cultural Society was one of four grantees in the most recent RIEAP program. See more photos from the Expansion Arts Program Convening.

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, the RIEAP 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 RIEAP-eligible arts and cultural organizations.

About the grant awards

In 2018, the Rhode Island Foundation, RICH, and RISCA will select four organizations to participate in the next three-year RIEAP. The program will begin in January 2019 and includes:

  • $10,000 grant each year for three years to each organization;
  • Participation in workshops on above topics;
  • Access to professional consultants with expertise in the above areas;
  • Advising sessions 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; and
  • Gatherings with RIEAP alumni organizations.
The India Association of Rhode Island also is a RIEAP grantee.

Participating organizations will be expected to appoint a main contact and designate at least three people to participate in three to four workshops per year and other events. Small organizations whose programs and missions center on the cultural practices and traditions of Rhode Island’s diverse peoples are eligible to apply. How organizations reflect and engage the people and experiences of racially diverse communities in our state will be considered when making funding decisions. 

To apply

Completed application form

To complete this application you will need full contact information for your chief executive; a list of board /advisory board members; contact information for your board chair; your organization’s mission statement; full contact information for your fiscal sponsor, if using one; your IRS tax determination letter or that of your fiscal sponsor; an annual budget or 12 months of income and expenses; information about artists, educators, organizations, and others with whom you collaborate.

 The deadline for applications is July 20, 11:59 p.m., EDT. All applications must be submitted online by the deadline.


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