Interlace Project Grants support the creation and public presentation of new work by Providence-area artists, artist collectives, and other artist-directed projects.
These grants range from $2000 to $6000 and fund visual art projects.
Interlace prioritizes projects that:
Facilitate the making of visual art;
Incorporate collaboration; and
Engage Providence-area communities, whether in process or presentation.
Read more about Interlace’s expansive definitions of visual art, collaboration, and
engagement in the Project Grant FAQs section.
Funded activities may include
(but are not limited to):
The creation of a new body of visual artwork with a publicly accessible component
A public event, performance, or intervention
A site-specific and/or public-facing art project
A new exhibition or exhibition series
A screening, lecture, broadcast, or workshop series
Publications, including printed and digital formats
Experimental forms and more
What type of projects will not be funded?
Projects not led by an artist or artist collective
Projects that are not presented to the public in the Providence area (see map)
Projects proposed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Projects proposed by incorporated businesses
Projects proposed by students
Projects in which the lead applicant* lives outside of the Providence area (see map) or in which all artists/organizers reside outside of Providence-area (see map)
Applications for the express purpose of renting studio space, professional development (classes, services), travel expenses, the purchase or rental of equipment, or hiring of services not otherwise associated with a public project that meets the above criteria.
Large projects where Interlace funding would only cover a portion of the funds needed to complete the project. Interlace Project Grants should be the primary source of funding for the proposed project.
*Applications for Interlace Project Grants must have a lead applicant even if a collective or group of artists apply. If awarded a grant, the lead applicant will be required to accept the grant in their name by submitting a W-9. Funding is then disbursed to that person and a 1099 issued in their name. The lead applicant is also responsible for submitting the final report.
Information Sessions, Workshops, & Drop-In Hours
Project Grants Information Sessions
Thursday, September 2, 12 – 1pm
Thursday, September 9, 10:30 – 11:30am
Tuesday, September 14, 5 – 6pm
Zoom Link for All Information Sessions
Drop-In Project Grants Workshop
(Please review Info Session Slides, linked below, in advance)
Tuesday, September 21, 7 – 8:30pm
Drop-In Office Hours from 12 - 1pm:
Tuesday, September 14
Friday, September 17
Monday, September 20
Friday, September 24
Zoom Link for All Office Hours
Review & Selection Process
Interlace staff will invite an independent panel to review and select projects for funding. The multi- person panel will include national and local artists, curators, and/or arts professionals. All panelists will review and rank each proposal based on project originality, clarity of application materials, and commitment to Interlace's priorities of visual art, collaboration and engagement.
Interlace will share details about the jury upon announcement of Project Grant awardees.
August 18, 2021
Project Grant applications open
October 3, 2021
Deadline for project grant applications
Funds disbursed (90%)
December 2021 - March, 2022
Awardee co-hort check-ins
By December 1, 2022
Project final reports due (10% distributed at review of final report)
Who is eligible for an Interlace Project Grant?
You must answer 'yes' to all of the following statements:
• I currently live within the 10-mile radius of Providence and in the state of Rhode Island.
• I am a practicing visual artist capable of providing examples of creative work made within the last two years.
• I am 18 years of age or older.
• I am not a full-time student/enrolled in a degree program.
• I have resided in the Providence area of the state of Rhode Island since at least October 3, 2020 and will be a resident upon receipt of grant funding.
• I have not received an Interlace Project Grant as a lead applicant in the last two years.
Applications for Interlace Project Grants will include:
Project information (project title, synopsis, paragraph biographies of lead applicant and collaborators)
Project details (overall project description and responses to questions about the project’s relationship to the visual arts, collaboration, and engagement)
Visual support materials
To see application questions before logging into Submittable, please see this PDF: