RI State Arts Council on the Arts (RISCA) application time for grants for artists

Key staff member to lead workshops, meetings to navigate new, revamped grant application process for artistsdeadline July 1st.

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) applications are now open for the General Operating Support for Artists grant program and RI’s Teaching Artist Roster. The Teaching Artist Roster is a list of teaching artists and arts organizations who have been reviewed by public panels and selected based on their mastery of an artistic discipline, experience and training to work in educational settings.

RISCA’s General Operating Support for Artists (GOS-A) program provides grants of $6,000 for each of three consecutive years (totaling $18,000) for artists to work toward large, specific, self-identified goals in their art practice. This funding is unrestricted, and artists can use the funds to support their goals however they need. First time applicants are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline for both programs is July 1. 

The programs being offered include: 

  • When approved to join the Teaching Artist Roster, it means RISCA has endorsed an individual’s teaching skills and credentials. The Roster is widely used as a public resource by educational sites and individuals wishing to engage an artist for arts learning projects. Projects funded through RISCA’s Project Grants in Education are encouraged to work with artists from RISCA’s Roster. For more information on the Roster, contact
    • The new General Operating Support for Artists (GOS-A) program includes a cohort community of current grantees, with meetings and learning opportunities that are driven by and focused on the grantees’ needs. Individual artists grantees will need to submit a report once a year during their grant period and must remain Rhode Island residents for the full grant period.

To assist in the application process and meet the July 1 deadline for GOS-A, Arts Council staff member Mollie Flanagan,, has scheduled virtual workshops and office hours throughout May and June. 

RSVP is required for all workshops, drop-in hours and one-on-one meetings. Click here to learn more. 


Drop In Office Hours

One-on-one meeting

Meetings start on June 2 and sign up is require. RSVP, click here

For more information on RISCA’s arts grants and programs, click here

About Rhode Island State Council on the Arts: Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders. Visit for more information.

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