2020 Rhode Island Capacity-Building Grants


Our capacity-building grant program is an innovative support model that helps artists strengthen their creative practice and grow its long-term sustainability. Launched in 2008, the Assets for Artists program has served more than 1,000 artists in 5 states.

Artists selected for the Rhode Island grant program benefit from the following:

  • A capacity-building grant that serves as working capital to be invested in the artist’s creative practice. Participants are provided with a $1,000 mini-grant to be invested in accordance with the artist’s personal goals. Funds are awarded at the completion of the program.

  • Free artist-tailored workshops on a range of financial, business, and professional topics. These trainings – mandatory for participants in the grant program – will be offered in Rhode Island in winter/spring 2020 (dates TBD). Participants will also have the opportunity to attend other optional professional development workshops offered by Assets for Artists. See our fall out-of-state workshops here.

  • Free one-on-one coaching, including support in crafting a plan to guide the investment of the artist’s grant.

Applications are open to artists in all disciplines and at all stages of their careers. We are especially excited for applications from rural, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists.

Applications are due Friday, September 27, 2019

The 2020 Rhode Island Capacity-Building Grants and Professional Development Workshops are possible in partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Development Program.