The Edward Ely Neighborhood Performing Arts Series

Art, Culture, and Tourism in collaboration with the Providence Parks Department support events that celebrate the art, history, and cultural heritage of Providence’s diverse neighborhoods.

Applications open April 17, 2023.
Applications close May 30, 2023.

Grant Description and Guidelines

The Office of Arts Culture and Tourism, in collaboration with the Parks Department is providing an opportunity to bring performing arts to your park as part of PVDFest 2023. This project seeks to engage the smaller neighborhood community partners in transforming their neighborhood parks into community hubs for the arts, healthy living, and play.

Events and initiatives must be between 7/1/2023 and 9/30/23

All organizations that receive funding must submit a Final Report to the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism within 30 days of the close of their project or before November 30th, whichever comes first. To access the final report form, click here.


  • Must be in a Neighborhood City Park
  • Must take place during weekdays
  • Must be ADA Accessible
  • This grant is for programs with more than 1 performance, featuring a series of events within the grant time frame (i.e. four Tuesdays in August).
  • The City of Providence will promote all NPAI events. Organizations should also jointly promote and advertise their activities through their own means. Funding recipients MUST credit the City of Providence, the Mayor, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Providence Parks Department
  • Schedule of events need to be finalized and communicated to ACT team by June 30th
Please Note the Following:
  • Awards range from $500-$4,000
  • Tech, staging and sound are not included
  • For purposes of this application the performing arts are defined as: Theater, Music, Dance, Spoken Word.
  • Please review the Final Report (at the end of the Application) to be aware of information that will be necessary to track throughout your project.


  • Applications are checked by ACT staff for accuracy and completeness and then prepared for review by an advisory panel.
  • Applications are sent to panelists and are read and ranked online.
  • The review panel meets to determine the final funding recommendations.
  • Funding recommendations go to ACT staff for their review and approval.
  • Notification of grant awards will be made within three weeks of the application deadline.
  • All awardees will be required to attend a one-hour info session with the Department of Art, Culture, and Tourism.

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