The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today the availability of application guidelines for the new State Cultural Facilities Grant Program (SCFG). This program, approved by the voters as a bond initiative in November 2014, will provide $6.5 million in capital improvement money for cultural facilities over the next three years. The guidelines are available for the RISCA October 1, 2015 cultural facilities grants.
"The arts mean business in Rhode Island," explained RISCA Executive Director Randall Rosenbaum. "That business depends on facilities that work, that attract visitors to our state, and that contribute to the local economy. Thanks to the voters, Rhode Island's theatres, museums and performance spaces can play an even more significant part in our state's economic recovery."
Cultural facilities also benefit Rhode Islanders of all ages through greater access to educational programs, physical and programmatic access for people with disabilities, and jobs for Rhode Island artists and craftsmen.
Non-profit arts and cultural organizations can apply to RISCA at the October 1, 2015 deadline for $2.5 million in competitive grant funds to support the renovation or restoration of cultural facilities. This is the first of three annual application deadlines for the State Cultural Facilities Grant program. For further information go to http://www.arts.ri.gov/scfg
About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts 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.