January 26, 2024 – Thanks to an allocation from the State of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Humanities is excited to announce the THRIVE general operating support grantmaking program. THRIVE provides funding for small cultural heritage organizations and local historical and preservation societies that support and strengthen Rhode Island’s many diverse, dynamic communities.
The THRIVE program will offer 18 general operating support grants of $5,000 each to eligible organizations. Grant funds may be used for expenses related to organizational operations.
Of the opportunity to create this new funding program, Executive Director Elizabeth Francis said:
“For 50 years, Rhode Island Humanities has supported engagement with the humanities through grants for projects as well as through partnerships and initiatives. Now, through the THRIVE program, we are also able to offer general operating support grants to small organizations that do so much to preserve and activate our many cultures, heritages, places, and stories in rural and urban communities across the state. We’re grateful to the State of Rhode Island for seeing the value in this program and partnering with RI Humanities as a trusted grantmaker to ensure that humanities organizations by and for all Rhode Islanders can thrive.”
The program application opens January 26, 2024. The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm EST on March 22, 2024. Grant award announcements will be made by the end of April 2024 and funds will be disbursed to grantees in May 2024. Awardees must conclude their grant-funded activities by December 31, 2024, and will be required to provide a final report to complete their grant requirements.
Virtual information sessions with RI Humanities grants staff will be held:
Thursday, February 8, 5:00-6:15 pm EST
Tuesday, February 13, 12:00-1:15 pm EST
For more details about eligibility, funding priorities, and to register for an information session, visit: rihumanities.org/grants/grantmaking-thrive/.
About Rhode Island Humanities: Established in 1973, Rhode Island Humanities seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders. It supports museums, libraries, historic sites, schools, preservation and historical societies, community and cultural organizations, individual researchers and documentary filmmakers to bring Rhode Island’s stories to life and to amplify many diverse voices. For more information, visit: rihumanities.org.