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Grant Funding for Artists and Art Organizations

Thank you for your interest in Arts Funding in the City of Pawtucket.  Mayor Donald R. Grebien has been very proactive in creating an artist friendly environment in the City. In 1998, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a law creating a 307 acre Arts and Entertainment District in the City's historic downtown.  Last year the Rhode Island General Assembly enacted legislation, signed by the Governor to allow artists to sell art work throughout the state without charging sales tax.  However, for artist (eligible to participate) living within the City's legislatively designated district, the law exempts them from paying state income tax on the income generated from their creative work, specifically in the artistic media of writing, dance, composer/performer, sculptor, painter, photographer, and actor.

The following two grant programs offered by the City of Pawtucket.  One supports arts programming and the other one provides assistance to the City's arts based organizations to cover their operating expenses.

The Arts Panel Grant Program strives to bring more, free programing available to the public during the Pawtucket Arts Festival. Since we want to make the month of September as special and celebratory of the arts in our city as possible, we are asking for applicants to submit artistic or musical performances to help to enhance the annual festival's presence. Grants of up to $2,000 are available and the funds will be reimbursed upon completion of the project. For information, contact Katherine Kazarian, Senior Planner, at (401) 728-0500, Ext.450 or e-mail kkazarian@pawtucketri.com Deadline: February 26 at 4:30 p.m. 

The Arts Organizational Grant Program provides eligible Pawtucket-based nonprofit arts organizations with funding that can be used to pay operating expenses including, rent, utilities, staffing, etc.  Applicants may request up to 10% of their unrestricted revenues (as evidenced in their most recent financial statement, which must be submitted) or $10,000 whichever is less.  For information, contact Herb Weiss, economic & Cultural Affairs Officer, at 401 728-0500, Ext. 437 or email hweiss@pawtucketri.com
Thank you for your interest and support of the arts in Pawtucket.  Deadline: March 6, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Please mail your 2014 Final Reports (if applicable) or your Applications to:  Department of Planning and Redevelopment, 137 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860.

Below, you will find applications for each Grant Program.

  • 2015 Pawtucket Organizational Grant Application
  • 2015 Pawtucket Arts Panel Grant Application