Support H 8098 & S 2985 - Rhode Island Creative Futures Fund

RHODE ISLAND'S ARTS AND CULTURE COMMUNITY HAS NOT RECOVERED FROM COVID-19!

Join Us at the State House to Advocate for the Arts on 5/28! We invite you to join us at the State House on Tuesday, May 28th, to urge the General Assembly to pass H8098/S2985, the RI Creative Futures Fund. Click LEARN MORE below for detailed information. 

ONE-TIME FUNDING IS NEEDED NOW:  RI received $1.2 Billion in ARPA funds intended to help businesses/organizations directly impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic recover and rebuild.  So far, no ARPA funds have been directed to an arts sector recovery fund - despite the sector suffering the highest pandemic-related job and revenue losses.

The RI Coalition for the Arts and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) are advocating for H8098 & S2985, to create an $18 Million RI Creative Futures Fund (RICFF) using re-allocated ARPA funds.  A growing number of states, including AZ, CO, CT, IA, NC, MA, MD, OR, PA, SC, TN and VT have used ARPA to establish recovery funds for the creative sector.  By not dong so, Governor McKee and the General Assembly are putting the future of our creative sector at risk. 

RISCA would make one-time RICFF grants to RI arts and culture organizations with ongoing impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic that threaten their programmatic and fiscal sustainability, including pandemic-related revenue losses, expense growth, and resulting debt and deficits.

Thirteen organizations have pre-qualified and many more will qualify if RICFF is authorized.  One-time grants to these and other recovering organizations is exactly what ARPA was designed for. 

Rebuilding sectors of our economy and communities impacted by the pandemic is an appropriate use of ARPA funds.  Your support for H8098 & S2985 is appreciated.