This Year's Big Capital Grant Winners

The state announced thirty-three grants for arts, culture, heritage, and public historic sites.

Your favorite organizations are only getting better. This morning, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission administered nearly $3.8 million in grants to local groups. The grants, which are funded by 2014's Creative and Cultural Economy Bonds, require each organization to provide matching funds for their projects. Here are the five biggest winners in each category:

State Preservation Grants

Town of North Smithfield for Kendall Dean School, North Smithfield: $150,000

Providence Parks Department for Betsey Williams Cottage, Providence: $150,000

Town of East Greenwich for East Greenwich Town Hall, East Greenwich: $150,000

Pawtucket Public Library, Pawtucket: $150,000

Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence: $150,000


State Cultural Facilities Grants

The Arctic Playhouse, West Warwick: $300,000

Dirt Palace Public Projects, Providence: $250,000

RiverzEdge Arts Project, Woonsocket: $249,000

Ocean State Theatre Company, Warwick: $240,000

Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, Pawtucket: $211,500  


To view a complete list of grant awards, visit