Culture Humanities and Art

The American Rescue Plan, through the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, is making approximately $968,000 in funds available for COVID-19 recovery grants to local Rhode Island culture, humanities and arts nonprofits.

The RI CHARG (RI Culture, Humanities and Arts Recovery Grants) program, provides $8,000 general operating support grants for RI cultural, Humanities and arts nonprofits. The program was announced by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts (RISCA).

Grant Application Details

  • Applicants need to complete one application, and, if selected, are only eligible to receive one $8,000 grant from the CHARG program.
  • Program opens July 12, 2021. The deadline to apply is August 13, 2021.
  • Grant awards will be announced on September 15, 2021.
  • Awardees must complete their grant-funded activities by June 30, 2022.
  • Awardees must provide a final report as part of the grant requirements.
  • Copy of the application questions can be found [here]; the application should be completed online through RISCA’s grant-making portal.
  • In addition to eligibility checks, basic information, etc. (see above sample), you will need the following the following information when applying: 1) DUNS number; 2) 501(c)(3) determination letter; and 3) Organizational mission statement.


All RI-based, humanities-focused, nonprofits with a 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status, including first-time applicants, and those organizations that have previously received federal financial assistance are eligible.

To be eligible for funding form the Humanities Council, your organization must be humanities-focused (i.e. museum, library, historic site, historical/preservation society, community organization that conducts humanity-oriented activities, civic engagement or cultural organization, etc.)

To be eligible for funding from RISCA, your organization must fit their definition of an arts and culture, or culturally-specific organization.

Priority will be given to organization that meet the following considerations (in order)

  • Black, Indigenous and People of Color-centered organizations
  • Organizations with annual budgets of less than $500,000
  • Organizations demonstrating robust diversity, equity, inclusion and access efforts
  • Organization demonstrating substantial adverse and ongoing impact from COVID-19

Use of Grant

Funds awarded from either the Humanities Council or RISCA may be used for the following:

  • Rent and utilities
  • Program costs, including those associated with adapting to virtual and outdoor activities
  • Marketing and promotional costs
  • Health and safety supply costs for staff and/or the public

Additionally, those who receive a grant from the Humanities Council (NOT the RISCA) may use funds for the following line items:

  • Strategic planning and capacity building efforts related to preparing for, responding to, and recovering from the coronavirus.
  • Technical/consultant needs related to a digital transition or in support of preservation and access programs.
  • Equity assessments and planning related to the coronavirus and the economic crisis (including assessments and planning related to the inequities exposed by the coronavirus and the economic crisis).
  • Equipment costs of up to $1,600.

Virtual 1-1/2 hour workshops about the program will be available on July 16 and July 21. The workshops will be providing additional support sessions and other resources for to those who are new to the grant process. You can register for the workshops [here].

Please visit the RI State Council on the Arts for more detailed information about the RI CHARG grant.

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