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Emergency Grants

Interlace Emergency Grants are intended to respond to various emergency needs, including those that continue to be COVID-related and those that arise for other reasons.

Overview


These grants are modest but intended to mitigate the harmful effects of emergency situations and crises, such as eviction, utility shut-off, healthcare expenses, phone or internet service interruption, and more. Interlace Emergency Grants are open to all self-identifying Providence area visual artists.

  • Funds are dispersed monthly. Awards range from $100-$500, with a total pool of $1000 awarded monthly. If there are less than $1000 worth of qualified requests during a given month, funds roll over to the next month. 
     

  • Eligible applicants must live within a 10-mile radius of Providence and demonstrate need. Artists must live in the Providence area at the time of their request (artists temporarily living in other places are not eligible until they return to Providence). 
     

  • Artists are eligible to apply for emergency funding as often as they like during the current grant cycle (September 2023 – April 2024), until they have received a maximum of $500. (This means, for example, if you received $100 one month, you would be eligible to apply again for up to $400. If you then receive another $100, you would be eligible for up to $300, and so on.)
     

  • If there are more than $1000 worth of qualified requests, grants may be for amounts less than requested, depending on availability of funds. 
     

  • The grant funds are unrestricted and include no reporting requirements.
     

  • Interlace will not publicly announce recipients of these grants.

Review & Selection Process

Emergency Grant applications are reviewed by an independent and diverse group of local arts, education, and community-service professionals. All applications are anonymized by Interlace staff before the review process.

Overview

Timeline


Interlace awards Emergency Grants on a monthly basis via a lottery process from September 2023 - April 2024.

August 16, 2023

First round of applications open 

On the 7th of each month
September 2023 - April 2024

Applications due

By the 21st of each month

Applicants notified

Final week of each month

Funds dispersed

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Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Self-identify as a visual artist; 

  • Have lived for at least one year in the state of Rhode Island within a 10-mile radius of Providence (see map for reference of the Providence area); 

  • Be over 18 years of age at the time of the application; 

  • Not be a full-time student/enrolled in a degree program; and

  • Not receive more than $500 total in Emergency Grants during the granting period of September 2023 - April 2024

Eligibility for Emergency Grants is not impacted by prior or current engagements, awards, or programming affiliations with DPPP, PCG, or Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Applicants who received Emergency Grants during a previous year's cycle may apply again. Applicants may also apply for other Interlace Grants (Project Grant, Mentorship Program, TAG).

Not Eligible:​

  • ​Artists employed by or related to DPPP and PCG employees, residents, or board members cannot apply. 

  • Organizations (such as non-profits, artist-run collectives, independent art businesses) are not eligible for funding as entities; however, individual artists associated with entities are eligible as individuals.

Eligibility requirements help determine those most in need. In the spirit of generosity and compassion for fellow visual artists, applicants are encouraged to apply using the honor system: if your livelihood or well-being does not require this grant, please consider forgoing an application to increase the chances for whom these grants would be most beneficial.

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Application


Applicants for Interlace’s Emergency Grants must submit their applications via Submittable, which requires users to sign up for a free account to apply. While creating an account may feel like an extra step, Interlace uses this tool to protect applicants' privacy. 

 

If you would like to read the application questions before signing into Submittable, please see the following PDF, which shows what the application requires:

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  • How do I prove eligibility for Interlace Grants?
    In grant applications on Submittable, you will verify that you: Are at least 18 years of age. Currently live within the 10-mile radius of Providence and in the state of Rhode Island. Are not a full-time student or enrolled in a degree program. Have resided in the state of Rhode Island for at least one year and will be a resident upon receipt of grant funding. For Emergency Grants, you will also be asked to submit one of the following: A link to your artist website or a public social media account with a reasonable-length history that features your current or recent artwork (even if you shared this link above, please re-share it here) A link to an online article or website that verifies your identity as an artist If you are unable to submit one of the above and would still like to apply, please contact us at interlacefund@gmail.com
  • Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to apply for Interlace grants?
    The lead applicant for Project Grants must have a social security number and be able to receive payment for the award. Additional collaborators and/or participants may be foreign nationals. Emergency Grant applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens. Project Grant lead applicants also must have lived in the eligible area for at least one year prior to the grant due date for which they are applying.
  • What is the "Providence Area" and how is it defined?"
    For the purposes of this grant we are considering the Providence Area as within a 10-mile radius of the City of Providence. You can view a map of eligible areas here.
  • How is a Providence-area resident defined?
    You must have been domiciled in the Providence area for at least one year at the time of application. This means your home in the Providence area is your primary residence and is the address you use for legal forms, state income taxes, car registration, driver's license or state-issued id, and voter registration.
  • Does the 10 mile radius include MA?
    No, just Rhode Island.
  • Is my eligibility impacted by prior or current engagements, awards, or programming affiliations with DPPP, PCG, or Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts?
    Current staff, residents, board members of the partnering institutions, and their immediate family members are ineligible to receive grants from Interlace. For Emergency Grants: Applicants may receive only one Emergency Grant grant per annual funding period. If you have received an Emergency Grant during this funding period of August 2022- May 2023, you are not eligible. If you received an Interlace Covid Relief Grant in 2020, you can apply for Interlace Emergency Relief grant. For Project Grants: Applicants who have previously been awarded a Project Grant grant as a lead applicant may reapply with a new project two years after completing their funded project.
  • Can previous Interlace grantees re-apply for funding?
    For Emergency Grants: Applicants may receive up to $500 in Emergency Grants grant per annual funding period. Repeat applications are welcome, and multiple awards may be received, for a total of up to $500. If you received an Interlace Covid Relief Grant in 2020, you can apply for Interlace Emergency Relief grant. For Project Grants: Applicants who have previously been awarded a Project Grant grant as a lead applicant may reapply with a new project two years after completing their funded project.
  • For the Emergency Grant, what are some examples of emergency needs?
    Acceptable circumstances include but are not limited to: lack of access to basic needs like food or housing; eviction; utility shut-off; healthcare expenses; interruption of phone or internet service; and loss of employment/wages.
  • How do I contact Interlace if I have additional questions?
    Please write to Interlace Program Manager Jori Ketten at interlacefund@gmail.com. You can also call or text at 401-288-1539. Additionally, for Project Grant applicants, we strongly recommend that applicants attend an Interlace information session or workshop—find such event schedules and details in the "News & Events" section of this website.
  • How and where can I apply for Interlace grants?
    Use Interlace's website or social media platforms to access the online application link, which leads to an application platform called Submittable. The application platform is accessible via computer or smartphone; however, we recommend you use a computer. You will need to sign up for a free Submittable account to complete the application. Please note the email address you use to sign up with may be used to contact you. If you have any technical issues or challenges, please write to us at: interlacefund@gmail.com.
  • What if I don't have access to a computer / internet?
    Local libraries typically have free access to computers and the internet. You can find your nearest local library here. If access to a computer / internet is continually prohibitive, please contact us at (401) 288-1539.
  • Are accommodations available for grant applicants with visual and/or hearing impairments?
    For applicants with visual and/or hearing impairments: Interlace will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations so that applicants can be ensured equal access and opportunity to apply. If additional accommodations need to be made, please contact us at (401) 288-1539 or interlacefund@gmail.com
  • What happens to the information in my grant application once submitted?
    Identifying information provided in Emergency Grant applications will only be seen by the Interlace Program Manger. The Program Manager anonymizes application data for the independent review committee to the greatest possible extent. Application details of Emergency Grant are never shared beyond Interlace. We take confidentiality seriously. If you are awarded an Emergency Grant, your information will not be publicized. Project Grant applications will be screened for eligibility by the Interlace Program Manager and then reviewed and scored by guest jurors. Applicants are not discussed outside of the jury and Interlace staff. If you are awarded and accept a Project Grant, Interlace will announce the award and share the title and description you provided in your application in outreach materials and on our website.
  • How will Emergency Grant grantees be selected, and how will funds be disbursed?
    Applications will be reviewed only for eligibility. Applicants will receive confirmation that Interlace has received their application and notification that their application is eligible. Grantees are determined via a needs-based rubric by an independent review committee. Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their grant. If you receive funding, you will receive an email confirmation. Grant award payments will be made via check that can be mailed to an address within the Providence area 10-mile radius or picked up in person.
  • Can I apply again if I'm not awarded a grant?
    Yes. You can apply as many times as you like for both the Emergency Grant and the Project Grant.
  • How do I contact Interlace if I have additional questions?
    Please write to Interlace Program Manager Jori Ketten at interlacefund@gmail.com. You can also call or text at 401-288-1539. Additionally, for Project Grant applicants, we strongly recommend that applicants attend an Interlace information session or workshop—find such event schedules and details in the "News & Events" section of this website.
  • How can I use Emergency Grant funding?
    These grants are intended to mitigate the harmful effects of emergency situations and crises, such as eviction, utility shut-off, healthcare expenses, phone or internet service interruption, and more. There are no restrictions on what the grant may be spent on, and there are no reporting requirements.
  • If I'm awarded an Emergency Grant, will my name be made public?
    No, awardees' names and personal information will not be disclosed or publicized.
  • Will I need to pay taxes on Emergency Grant funds?
    No, you will not have to fill out a W-9 or receive a 1099 for this grant and do not have to pay taxes on the award.
  • How do I contact Interlace if I have additional questions?
    Please write to Interlace Program Manager Jori Ketten at interlacefund@gmail.com. You can also call or text at 401-288-1539. Additionally, for Project Grant applicants, we strongly recommend that applicants attend an Interlace information session or workshop—find such event schedules and details in the "News & Events" section of this website.
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