28 artists, nonprofits receive $82,500 in Providence Project Fund grants

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Brett P. Smiley and the city’s Department of Art, Culture and Tourism on May 20 announced that 28 nonprofit organizations and local artists received $82,500 in grants as part of the city’s 2025 Project Fund program.

City officials say the funding helps enrich Providence’s cultural landscape and fosters community engagement. Grants will range between $1,500 and $4,000 depending on need, city officials say.

“When we invest in [local artists], we build a stronger, more vibrant Providence where everyone has the opportunity to participate, express themselves and thrive,” Smiley said in a statement. “I’m proud to support so many organizations and artists sharing their incredible talents.”

City officials say the next application deadline is Oct. 15. Local artists and organizations seeking funds through the program can apply via the Department of Art, Culture and Tourism’s website.

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The organizations that received funding through this round are:

  • Community Music Works
  • The Dirt Palace
  • DownCity Design
  • Everett
  • Farm Fresh Rhode Island
  • Haus of Codec
  • Jenna Benzinger, fiscally sponsored by the Wilbury Theatre Group
  • LitArts RI
  • Motif Magazine
  • MUSE Foundation
  • Oasis International Inc.
  • Project 401
  • PRONK!
  • Providence Children’s Museum
  • Providence Student Union
  • Puerto Rican Professional Association
  • PVD World Music
  • Queer.Archive.Work
  • Revolve Dance Project
  • Rhode Island Latino Arts
  • Rhode Island Women’s Choreography Project
  • Ricky Katowicz
  • The Steel Yard
  • Teatro ECAS
  • Trade Pop-Up
  • Two Character Play, fiscally sponsored by the Reverie Theater Group
  • West Broadway Neighborhood Association
  • Wilbury Theatre Group

James Bessette is the PBN special projects editor, and also covers the nonprofit and education sectors. You may reach him at Bessette@PBN.com. You may also follow him on Twitter at @James_Bessette