Governor Raimondo’s proposed budget for 2021 includes $6.0 million for Arts and Historic Infrastructure as part of the “Housing and Infrastructure” bond to support capital projects in historic preservation and the arts, including:
$1.0 million to the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) for capital improvement grants to historic properties.
$1.0 million to the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) for capital improvement grants to non-profit cultural organizations.
$2.5 million to Trinity Repertory Company for capital improvements to their campus in DownCity Providence.
$1.5 million to the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School for capital improvements to their campus in East Providence.
This recommendation for funding is urgent since both State Preservation Grants and RISCA Cultural Facilities Grants have exhausted their funding. If the General Assembly approves, the question whether to adopt the Housing and Infrastructure bond will be put to the voters on the November Ballot.
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