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Teaching Artist Grant

The Teaching Artist Grant (TAG) program provides financial support to artists who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically Indigenous and African heritage teaching artists.


As the Creative Capital, the City of Providence is invested in the continued development of a vibrant local arts culture. Post-pandemic, however, many local artists continue to struggle with the deep economic impacts of COVID-19. With funding support from the City, Interlace is partnering with AS220 to protect the City’s beloved and renown arts culture by supporting artists disproportionately affected by the pandemic.


The Teaching Artist Grant (TAG) program provides financial support to artists who were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically Indigenous and African heritage teaching artists.


TAG awards range from $1,000 to no more than $8,000 and support Providence Indigenous and African heritage teaching artists, who were among the hardest hit by the pandemic.

This program is supported by the City of Providence’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, which has provided over $3 million to the Providence arts economy in an effort to support local artists and organizations as they work to rebound from the deep economic impacts of the pandemic. 


This grant fund is co-administered by The Interlace Grant Fund and AS220.

Review & Selection Process

Award decisions will be informed by a point system, and final selections will be made by an independent jury consisting of local Indigenous and African heritage leaders.  

The quantity and dollar amount of the grants awarded will be contingent on the number of applicants reaching threshold qualification. Awards will range from $1,000 to no more than $8,000. 

Anonymized aggregate data about awardees will be shared publicly, but names of awardees will only be shared in a meeting of the Art and City Life Commission.  Interlace will share details about the jury after awards have been disbursed.


Information Sessions​



July 6, 2023

TAG announced, application open

July 20 – September 15, 2023

TAG information sessions

September 19, 2023

TAG applications due

November 2023

TAG awardees notified

December 2023

Public announcement

Relief - Timeline


Applicants must:

  • Applicants must identify as Indigenous or of African heritage and must be 18+. 

    Definitions for these demographic categories come from the African American Ambassadors Group and the Report of The Providence Municipal Reparations Commission:

    "Indigenous People: People who are a part of social and cultural groups that share collective ancestral ties before the European settlement of Providence and Rhode Island, including the natural resources where they live, inhabit, or from which they have been displaced."

    “African Heritage People: An ethnic group consisting of people with ancestry originating from sub-Saharan Africa. Today, the city’s African heritage residents include, but are not limited to, African American, African, Bi-racial, Afro-Latino, Cape Verdean, and Afro-Caribbean.“

    Please note: If neither of these demographic definitions describes your background, applying for this opportunity is not appropriate. 

  • Applicants must live in one of Providence’s 15 wards and/or have a studio in one of Providence’s 15 wards. 

  • Applicants must be able to verify lost teaching artist income or increased expenses due to COVID-19 (see application for acceptable verification).

Not Eligible:​ 

  • ​Artists employed by or related to DPPP and PCG employees 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.

TAG Eligibility


Applicants for Interlace 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:

Relief - Application
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