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State Arts Council, Humanities Council and RI Foundation partner on capacity building program

The Rhode Island Foundation, in partnership with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, is currently accepting applications for the 2011 Expansion Arts Program. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2011.

About Expansion Arts The Expansion Arts Program (EAP) is a capacity-building grant program that focuses on small and emerging arts and humanities organizations that serve culturally-specific communities.

The program offers funding and technical assistance - in the form of consultation time, administrative support, and peer group work - to develop and grow emerging organizations in the areas of governance, financial management, marketing and audience development, documentation and evaluation, leadership development, and strategic collaborations.

The Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts will collectively select four organizations to participate in the three-year EAP. The program will begin in the late spring. EAP grantees will each receive: ● a $10,000 grant per year; ● individualized planning time with a professional consultant with expertise in capacity-building and organizational development; and ● Part-time administrative support throughout the three-year grant period.

For more information and instructions on how to apply to the EAP, go to The Rhode Island Foundation website at http://www.rifoundation.org/Nonprofits/GrantOpportunities/ExpansionArtsProgram/tabid/883/Default.aspx.

The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) inspires and supports intellectual curiosity by providing funding for research and public programs designed to encourage lifelong learning for all Rhode Islanders. RICH was founded on the conviction that history, literature, philosophy, religion, civics, the arts and other fields of the humanities are central not only to formal education, but to the daily lives of free and diverse people. Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information: www.rihumanities.org

The Rhode Island Foundation was founded in 1916 and is one of the nation's largest and oldest charitable organizations serving a specific geographic community. In 2010 the Foundation made grants of $29.2 million to more than one thousand organizations. For more information: www.rifoundation.org

The 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. For more information: http://www.arts.ri.gov/

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Online: http://www.arts.ri.gov/

Release date: 03-01-2011

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