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Opportunities to apply for American Rescue Plan funds are now available. Check out the opportunities below for specific information on the funds available and how to apply. Support is available for anyone needing help with the applications below.

Job Openings

Senior Job Developer – Workforce

The Senior Job Developer assists the Executive Director and serves as support for local businesses through the Providence/Cranston Workforce Development Board of Providence/Cranston (WFDBPC) and Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston (WFSPC) as the administrative entity for the Local Workforce area. This position is responsible for assisting in the promotion of the activities of the WFDBPC and the WFSPC to the business community, economic development organizations, educators and the general public. The Senior Job Developer assists in developing working relationships with employers, educators, economic developers, local elected officials and representatives from other community-based organizations.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant area as well as business development skills acquired through work experience.
  2. A proven track record of business development with specific emphasis on cold-calling, account development and retention. An understanding of the small business community with regard to concerns and hiring needs.
  3. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Customer Record Management systems i.e. Salesforce

To apply for this position, click here.

Community Outreach Coordinator (Temporary)

The Mayor’s Office is seeking a Community Outreach Coordinator in the Mayor’s Center for City Services (MCCS). The Coordinator will be responsible for assisting Providence residents with applying for the Affordable Connectivity Benefit.  The Coordinator will be tasked with working with other City departments and agencies to support program initiatives and act as a liaison to community organizations working to get internet access in the homes of people who need it.  Specifically, the Broadband Community Outreach Coordinator is responsible for:

  1.  Coordinating and supporting the City’s Broadband Affordable Connectivity initiative with support from the Director of External Affairs and other city departments.
  2. Participating in trainings, scheduled calls and progress meetings, and disseminating relevant information to relevant City departments and stakeholders.
  3. Acting as a point of reference for community organizations, stakeholders and City staff regarding the application process, information portal and documentation requirements for the Broadband Affordable Connectivity Benefit.
  4. Providing direct one-on-one assistance with the application process for residents including collecting documentation, uploading to the portal and maintaining contact with clientele.
  5. Tracking, monitoring, and updating the status of applications submitted through the City of Providence initiative.
  6. Other duties as assigned by the Director of External Affairs and the cities recovery team.

 To apply for this position, click here.

Requests for Proposals

Park Improvements at Jennifer Rivera Memorial Park

Bids close October 24, 2022 at 2:15PM

The City of Providence is accepting bids for park improvements to Jennifer Rivera Memorial Park.

To read the entire request for proposals and learn more, click here or visit the City of Providence’s Current Bids webpage.

Senior Meal Delivery Program

Bids close October 24, 2022 at 2:15PM

The City of Providence Department of Senior Services is accepting proposals from qualified non-profit organizations to manage the Providence Senior Meal Delivery Program.

Tasks Include:

  • Developing a plan and process to deliver healthy, nutritious meals to senior residents enrolled in the program. Creating menus that are high quality, nutritious, culturally responsive, and appetizing.
  • Creating guidelines for participation. Developing an application for the distribution of meals to participants. Final application criteria and guidelines must be approved by the Department of Senior Services.
  • Assessing and identifying gaps in services for Providence seniors who may be experiencing food insecurity. Identifying and making recommendations for ongoing food insecurity needs in Providence’s senior community.
  • Collecting and storing all information and required documentation for participant determination; providing the necessary documentation of distribution of funds through required reporting. Making such documentation available for audit by the Senior Services Department, if necessary.

To read the entire request for proposals and learn more, click here or visit the City of Providence’s Current Bids webpage.

Art & Community Health Worker Program

Bids close October 24, 2022 at 2:15PM

The City of Providence, represented by the Healthy Communities Office (HCO), Department of Arts, Culture + Tourism (ACT) and Providence Housing Authority (PHA) has been accepted as one of nine municipalities in the National League of Cities “Improving Community Resilience Through the Arts” program. This national program leverages the power of the arts to support city leaders’ efforts to improve the health, cohesion and resilience of their communities, with the goals of building sustainable partnerships between municipal government and the health and arts sectors, renewing public space, creating economic opportunities and holistically improving community wellbeing.

Through participation in this program, Providence aims to a) create meaningful jobs for hard hit gig workers, including Community Health Workers (CHWs), b) build opportunity for PHA residents to build social cohesion and overcome isolation, and c) contribute to development of the Providence Alternative Integrated Response & Emergency Diversion (PAIRED) Team, the City’s crisis response system that creates a pathway for community health workers, clinicians, and peer recovery specialists to support individuals in mental health crises in lieu of police engagement.

To better connect residents to care and resources, HCO, ACT, PHA and the PAIRED Team seek to expand connections to CHWs in PHA properties. These CHWs will connect residents to supportive services, medical care, and opportunities for artistic outlet and increased social connection.

Tasks Include:

  1. Identifying, recruiting, training, and certifying 3 to 5 certified or prospective CHWs to assist in supporting residents in PHA properties, including:
    1. Public housing developments
    2. Senior high-rises
    3. Section 8 housing
    4. Section 811 housing
  1. Providing full-time employment to program participants, including wages and benefits aligned with PHA employees, through November 2024. For CHWs who are not yet certified, this employment must be concurrent with and in fulfilment of hands-on training required by the CHW certification process (six months of full-time experience or 1000 hours part-time experience in relevant role).
  2. Providing additional supports to participants in completing the certification process, including but not limited to:
  3. Payment of certification testing fees
  4. Documentation of past participant experience that may be counted toward training and work requirements of CHW certification.
  5. Connection and referral to additional training opportunities provided by the City of Providence or other partners that can contribute to fulfilling certification requirements or successful program execution
  6. Collaborating with and supporting artists embedded in PHA properties by ACT to develop and carry out art activities that decrease isolation among PHA residents.

To read the entire request for proposals and learn more, click here or visit the City of Providence’s Current Bids webpage.

 

    Emergency Food Planning and Food Security Prioritization Process

    Bids close October 24, 2022 at 2:15PM

    The City of Providence Healthy Communities Office seeks proposals for the creation of an Emergency Food Planning and Food Security Prioritization Process. The resulting product will include:

    a) identification of immediate food needs to be funded in 2023

    b) an action plan to be implemented immediately in case of a weather, public health, public safety or other emergency that impacts immediate food access for Providence residents, and

    c) prioritization of activities to address structural gaps in Providence’s food security landscape (e.g. production, transportation, storage, distribution, etc.).

    The plan and the process to create it will focus on equity in addressing the emergency food needs and long-term food security of vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations, including specific communities of color, new immigrants and refugees, individuals experiencing homelessness and elders. Provision of culturally and religiously appropriate foods will be included in the equity considerations.

    Tasks Include:

    • Convening key partners (including Providence Emergency Management Agency, key City and State offices, local nutrition safety net agencies and others) as the Providence Emergency Food Planning Work Group to inform and direct the development of a City of Providence Emergency Food Security Plan.
    • Assessing and making recommendations from the City of Providence’s 3-9/2020 distribution experience.
    • Reviewing and summarizing existing data and documentation of food distribution efforts led by the City of Providence or in which the City was a key partner.
    • Conducting key informant interviews and other actions to document strengths and weaknesses of the 2020 effort in Providence, including in areas of age, racial, ethnic and economic equity.
    • Identifying and making recommendations from nationwide COVID-19 emergency food distribution models.
    • Assessing and identifying gaps and priorities for action in improving existing storage and distribution infrastructure in City-owned or controlled properties (e.g. refrigeration, dry storage, transportation).
    • Assessing and identifying action steps for development of labor infrastructure to be mobilized in case of emergency, including but not limited to volunteer structures and City employees.
    • Developing a list of key stakeholders and roles to be activated in case of ongoing food emergency; making initial contact to engage stakeholders in City of Providence Emergency Food Network.
    • Engaging and documenting opportunities with institutional/business partners, including but not limited to:
      • K-12 Schools (public, private, charter, parochial); school food service agencies
      • Colleges/universities
      • Hospitality industry
      • Large and small businesses
      • Religious institutions
    • By 12/31/2022, identifying and prioritizing actions to address immediate food security needs caused or amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Identifying and prioritizing actions to address structural gaps in Providence’s long-term food security infrastructure.
    • Identifying specific priorities and action steps to address senior food security.

    To read the entire request for proposals and learn more, click here or visit the City of Providence’s Current Bids webpage.

     

    Current Programs

    Workforce Development Funding Program

    The Workforce Development Funding Program is designed to provide grants to organizations that provide job training for populations hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will make financial resources available to workforce development entities, community nonprofits and associations that provide workforce development programs that have experienced economic hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic since March 3, 2021. These hardships include periods of shutdown, declines in revenue, increased costs or the inability to serve those groups and individuals with significant barriers to employment that were most impacted by COVID-19. Only organizations that serve Providence residents can apply for this program. Companies located outside of the workforce development area may submit a proposal as long as the program serves a Providence resident with barriers to employment.

    Organizations can apply to the program by clicking here.

    Hardest Hit Community Organizations Fund

    The Hardest Hit Community Organizations Fund is designed to provide grants to neighborhood-based nonprofit organizations serving populations experiencing disproportionate socio-economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant fund aims to build capacity for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) organizations to better support residents. The City of Providence is dedicated to supporting residents and the nonprofit organizations that strengthen our communities and support economic recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Organizations can apply to the grant program by clicking here. 

    Driver's License Restoration Program

    OpenDoors, along with partners Amos House, the Pro Bono Collaborative at Roger Williams University (RWU) School of Law, the Rhode Island Center for Justice and the Center for Health and Justice Transformation (CHJT) was selected by the City through a request for proposals process to provide coordinated driver’s license reinstatement services through this program, providing case management, legal support and financial aid to Providence residents whose driver’s license was suspended as a result of a missed traffic court hearing, unpaid fines from municipal or state court and other monetary-related suspensions.

     

    Through the program, care coordinators at OpenDoors and Amos House will work directly with the Rhode Island Division of Motor vehicles to help participants navigate the process of reinstating their license, providing guidance and resources such as financial aid for fines or license reinstatement fees. In some circumstances, legal assistance from licensed attorneys and law students will be provided through the RI Center for Justice and the RWU Pro Bono Collaborative. Cases will be triaged based on complexity, ensuring that the program funds are used to assist as many eligible individuals as possible.

    To be eligible for this program, applicants must have incomes at or below 65% of the area median income. Applicants must also be eligible for identification documents, such as an ID, Social Security card or birth certificate, and provide proof of Providence residency. Unhoused individuals are eligible to apply for the program. In addition, applications will be evaluated for factors like financial need and ability to pay related expenses like car insurance. Applicants cannot qualify for this program if their license was suspended for a moving violation that resulted in a felony conviction.

    For more information regarding this program, please visit http://www.opendoorsri.org/startdriving or pick up a paper application at OpenDoors, 485 Plainfield Street.

    Empower Providence Microenterprise Accelerator Program

    The Empower Providence Microenterprise Accelerator Program comprises eight weeks of business support training offered in partnership with Empower by GoDaddy. The program consists of 10 online learning modules designed to teach entrepreneurs how to build an online business and establish a marketing presence.

    The City of Providence selected the Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA), the RI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) through a request for proposals process to recruit for and administer the training program to an anticipated 120 microenterprise businesses beginning in October 2022.

    Learn more about the program and the City’s partners here. If your microenterprise is interested in this program, please contact one of the following partners:

    Rhode Island Black Business Association

    Phone: 401-383-1179

    Email: info@ri-bba.org

    Website: https://ri-bba.org/

     

    Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    Phone: 401-400-1340

    Email: info@rihispanicchamber.org

    Website: https://www.rihispanicchamber.org/

    Social Enterprise Greenhouse

    Phone: 401-272-2558

    Email: info@segreenhouse.org

    Website: https://segreenhouse.org/

     

    Art, Culture + Tourism Cultural Facilities Grant Program

    The Department of Art, Culture + Tourism hereby notifies interested Applicants of the availability of funds allocated from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The availability and use of these funds is subject to federal regulations and is further subject to the City of Providence’s policies and program requirements.

    For more information on this availability of funds, please click here.

    Eviction Defense Program

    The Eviction Defense program will operate for a period of one year and will provide services to Providence residents who earn 65% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) or who live in a qualified census tract. Qualified Census Tracts must have 50 percent of households with incomes below 60 percent of the Area Median Gross Income (AMGI) or have a poverty rate of 25 percent or more. The program will assist tenants through the support of attorney advocates and law students, access to a tenant help desk located in the Sixth District Housing Court in Providence and increased community supports through the DARE Tenant and Homeowner Association (THA), which provides outreach to at-risk families and uses bi-lingual canvassers for outreach in Providence’s low-income neighborhoods to address the root causes of homelessness. HousingWorks RI (HWRI) at Roger Williams University will oversee the data analysis, evaluation and reporting components of the eviction defense program.

    For more information about this program, applicants can contact Rhode Island Legal Services at 401-274-2652 or visit the Tenant Help Desk in the Sixth District Housing Court in Providence.

    Immigration Legal Assistance Program

    Through this program, Dorcas International will provide free legal assistance to eligible Providence residents seeking U.S. citizenship and other immigration statuses, and help them to navigate other public benefits and programs available.

    To be eligible for this program, individuals must have a household income that is at or below 300% of the federal poverty level guidelines or at or below 65% of the area median income, and must be seeking a legal path to U.S. citizenship or adjustment of status.

    To apply for this program, please contact Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island by calling 401-784-8607 or email Dorcas International’s Citizenship and Immigration department here.

    Small Business and Microenterprise Technical Assistance

    This is a new technical assistance program designed to help Providence-based small businesses, especially microbusinesses with fewer than ten employees, expand their business knowledge and build their existing business. Businesses can receive assistance with loan applications, accounting and finance, graphic design, social media, marketing and human resources support, as well as other areas of business development.

    Through a competitive request for proposals process, Roads Consulting Group was chosen to partner with the City to work directly with eligible businesses to assess their needs and provide dedicated coaching and advice based on the unique needs of each entity. This program is open to all small businesses and microenterprises in Providence, but priority will be given to microenterprises who hope to start up or expand a small business or franchise in Providence.

    The program is part of the City’s One Providence Small Business Assistance initiative, designed to provide direct supports to small business owners. Individuals seeking support or with questions can reach out to the City’s Small Business Coordinator Jessie Ernster who will serve as a resource and connection to City services for the entire Providence small business community. To connect with Jessie Ernster, individuals can email jernster@providenceri.gov or call 401-316-7690, in addition to calling 3-1-1.

    To apply for this program, please fill out this form.

    Year-Long Youth Jobs

    Through this initiative, the City and its partners have announced new job opportunities for Providence youth. The City has partnered with eight organizations to offer over 450 year-round youth job placements, all with an earning wage of $15 per hour.
    Interested youth can find more details here: https://www.providenceri.gov/economical/youthjobs/

    City-wide Nonviolence Trainings

    The Nonviolence Institute has been selected through a request for proposals process to manage a citywide nonviolence training initiative, intended to enhance participants’ conflict resolution skills and proactively identify interpersonal conflicts between individuals and groups at risk of escalating to violence. Through this partnership, the Nonviolence Institute will hold two types of trainings, one targeted at youth and another open to adults.

    Opportunity 1: S.E.E.D. (Skills Enrichment Education Development) Training
    The Nonviolence Institute will offer monthly S.E.E.D. (Skills Enrichment Education Development) trainings to youth ages 17-24 who are referred to the program by the Nonviolence Institute’s outreach team, as well as from schools, group homes and community agencies across the city​. These weeklong training programs will provide participants an opportunity to develop crucial skills that focus on the interconnectedness of the principles of nonviolence, conflict resolution and mental health and wellness. Community organizations and groups that work with youth are encouraged to refer individuals that they feel may benefit from this program.

    Opportunity 2: The Beloved Community Workshop Series
    The Nonviolence Institute will hold sessions of “The Beloved Community Workshop,” which is tailored for adult learners. These workshops provide training opportunities for groups of adults to learn and practice nonviolence skills such as mindfulness, mental health awareness and personal development, as well as education around issues of race, class, equity and justice. These workshops will be held bi-monthly until June 2023 and are open to the public.

    Stipends for both programs are available to Providence residents. To learn more about workshop dates, and to register for either of these trainings or refer youth, visit https://www.nonviolenceinstitute.orgor email Juan Carter at juan@nonviolenceinstitute.org

    Past Applications

    Kennedy Plaza Food Pavilion

    Bids are now closed and under review.

    The City of Providence seeks a partner to develop architectural/engineering design services, conduct pre-construction consulting services, construct, operate, and maintain a food pavilion/food vendor space, shaded outdoor seating/dining area and associated landscaping improvements.

    The food pavilion and associated landscaping improvements to Kennedy Plaza are envisioned to function as a destination by attracting people to Downtown Providence and serve as an amenity that supports Kennedy Plaza programming and surrounding residential and commercial investments. The building should include year-round restaurant space, including necessary kitchen/back of house space and a fully air-conditioned and heated area connected to the outdoor dining space, with the potential for adaptable indoor/outdoor spaces.

    Tasks Include:

    Phase 1

    • Design, build, operate, maintain building, shaded outdoor seating/dining event area and landscaping improvements, including:
      • A 2,000 to 4,000 square foot building in Kennedy Plaza that houses a food pavilion/food vendor space(s) and supporting amenities (location within the plaza is flexible and to be determined through an initial phase of this work);
      • An approximately 8,300 square foot shaded outdoor seating/dining and event area attached/adjacent to the new building; and
      • Associated landscaping improvements in the Plaza to make the area more sustainable, resilient, and inviting for visitors of all ages.

    Phase 2

    • Develop three draft conceptual alternatives for a future Phase 2 of this project that will involve demolition of the existing addition to the historic trolley building in Kennedy Plaza and construction of a new, more contemporary building addition, shaded outdoor seating/event area, or combination of the two that complements the other work outlined in Phase 1.

    To read the entire request for proposals and learn more, click here or visit the City of Providence’s Current Bids webpage.

    Emergency Micro Grant Program (EMG) for Senior Adults

    Bids are now closed and under review.

    The City of Providence Department of Senior Services is accepting proposals from qualified non-profit organizations to create and manage the Providence Emergency Micro Grant Program (EMG). The Department of Senior Services is seeking a partner or partners to assist Providence’s most vulnerable senior residents with access to emergency micro-grants. The selected organization or organizations will provide emergency micro-grants to assist with food, heating assistance, moving fees, deposits, personal hygiene products, and medical equipment to low-income Providence residents with emergency needs who qualify via the application. The Department of Senior Services will also refer applicants to the program administrator for grants.

     

    Tasks Include:

    1. Developing a plan and process to distribute emergency micro-grants to Providence seniors to assist with emergency needs such as food, heating/cooling issues, moving costs, medical equipment and personal hygiene products within four weeks of project commencement.
    2. Create final guidelines for participation and application criteria for distribution of emergency micro-grants. Final approval of guidelines created by the program manager must be approved by the Department of Senior Services.
    3. Identify and make recommendations of ongoing emergency needs, including those that were caused by or amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    4. Appoint a liaison to the Providence Age-Friendly Ambassador Group.
    5. Assess and identify gaps in services for Providence seniors that can be met with emergency micro-grants.
    6. Collect and store all information and required documentation of emergency circumstances necessary for emergency micro-grant determinations; provide necessary documentation of distributions of funds through end-of-the-year reports. Make such documentation available for audit by the Senior Services department, if necessary.

     

    To read the entire request for proposals and learn more, click here or visit the City of Providence’s Current Bids webpage.

    Senior Services Bus

    Bids are now closed and under review.

    The City of Providence is seeking proposals for a bus for sixteen (16) passengers with two (2) wheelchair accessible seats for the Department of Senior Services.

    To read the entire request for proposals and learn more, click here or visit the City of Providence’s Current Bids webpage.

    Art, Culture + Tourism Special Events Support Grant Program

    The Department of Art, Culture + Tourism notifies interested applicants of the availability of funds allocated from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The availability and use of these funds is subject to federal regulations and is further subject to the City of Providence’s policies and program requirements.

    In releasing this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), the goal is to make financial resources available to nonprofit art and/or cultural organizations that have experienced economic hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic since March 3, 2021. This hardship includes periods of shutdown, declines in revenue, and increased costs. This grant program will reimburse eligible costs/expenses up to $50,000.

    Commercial Corridor Streetscapes Program: Beautification and Landscaping Services

    Bids are now closed and under review. 

    The City of Providence Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) seeks a qualified team of architects, urban planners, artists, and traffic engineers (Bidders) to develop a beautification and maintenance plan, provide beautification and landscaping services, and provide maintenance services for the designated target investment districts. Services provided by the awarded Bidder will include, but are not limited to, investment and implementation of creative landscaping designs, preconstruction consulting services, installation, upkeep, and other pedestrian enhancements. This contract will serve as a multi-year contract for a maximum period of three (3) years. Year one (1) of the contract will be dedicated to design and installation, followed by two (2) years of maintenance for the landscaped areas.

    The target investment areas include:

    • Broad Street from I-95 to Friendship Street

    • Camp Street from Doyle Avenue to Rochambeau Avenue

    • Prairie Avenue from Point Street to Public Street

     

    To read the entire request for proposals and learn more, click here or visit the City of Providence’s Current Bids webpage.

    Early Learning Infrastructure Support Program

    Bids are now closed and under review. 

    The City of Providence is seeking proposals for a vendor to continue and adapt the City of Providence Early Learning Facilities Improvement Grant Program, which will include providing specialized assessment and technical assistance to both home- and center-based childcare facilities, and issuing both planning and facility improvement grants specific to improving early learning programs. These services must be designed to meet the unique needs of early learning providers across Providence, specifically the challenges faced by home-based providers.

    The goals of this program will be to:

    1. Improve the quality of home- and center-based early learning facilities in Providence.
    2. Support the availability of childcare by funding projects that have the potential to increase provider capacity.
    3. Provide the technical capacity to allow providers to take competitive advantage of funding opportunities beyond the City.

    To read the entire request for proposals and learn more, click here or visit the City of Providence’s Current Bids webpage.

    Emergency Food Planning and Food Security Prioritization Process

    Bids are now closed and under review.

    The City of Providence Healthy Communities Office seeks proposals for the creation of an Emergency Food Planning and Food Security Prioritization Process. The resulting product will include

    a) identification of immediate food needs to be funded in 2023

    b) an action plan to be implemented immediately in case of a weather, public health, public safety or other emergency that impacts immediate food access for Providence residents, and

    c) prioritization of activities to address structural gaps in Providence’s food security landscape (e.g. production, transportation, storage, distribution etc).

    The plan and the process to create it will focus on equity in addressing the emergency food needs and long-term food security of vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations, including specific communities of color, new immigrants and refugees, individuals experiencing homelessness and elders. Provision of culturally and religiously appropriate foods will be included in the equity considerations.

     

    Tasks Include:

    1. Convene key partners (including Providence Emergency Management Agency, key City and State offices, local nutrition safety net agencies and others) as the Providence Emergency Food Planning Work Group to inform and direct the development of a City of Providence Emergency Food Security Plan.
    2. Assess and make recommendations from the City of Providence’s 3-9/2020 distribution experience.
      1. Review and summarize existing data and documentation of food distribution efforts led by the City of Providence or in which the City was a key partner.
      2. Conduct key informant interviews and other actions to document strengths and weaknesses of the 2020 effort in Providence, including in areas of age, racial, ethnic and economic equity.
    3. Identify and make recommendations from nationwide COVID-19 emergency food distribution models (e.g Montgomery County Md.).
    4. Assess and identify gaps and priorities for action in improving existing storage and distribution infrastructure in City-owned or controlled properties (e.g. refrigeration, dry storage, transportation).
    5. Assess and identify action steps for development of labor infrastructure to be mobilized in case of emergency, including but not limited to volunteer structure (churches/community organizations/other volunteers) and City employees.
    6. Develop list of key stakeholders and roles to be activated in case of ongoing food emergency; make initial contact to engage stakeholders in City of Providence Emergency Food Network.
    7. Engage and document opportunities with institutional/business partners, including but not limited to:
      1. K-12 Schools (public, private, charter, parochial); school food service agencies
      2. Colleges/universities
      3. Hospitality industry
      4. Large and small businesses
      5. Religious institutions
    8. By 12/31/2022, identify and prioritize actions to address immediate food security needs caused or amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    9. Identify and prioritize actions to address structural gaps in Providence’s long-term food security infrastructure.
    10. Identify specific priorities and action steps to address senior food security.

    To read the entire request for proposals and learn more, click here or visit the City of Providence’s Current Bids webpage.

    Public Art to Encourage Tourism: 3D Work Procurement

    Bids are now closed.

    The Department of Art, Culture + Tourism has identified a large-scale artwork by sculptor Lionel Smit that the Department believes will elevate the landscape of Providence’s existing outdoor gallery. The City of Providence is seeking a Providence-based organization to procure, manage, site and install this major work in the city. Bids cannot exceed $250,000.

    Tasks Include:

    1. Identifying and purchasing a large-scale artwork
    2. Assisting in siting the work, including overseeing engineering and site surveying
    3. Managing the installation of the work from transport to ribbon cutting
    4. Providing a maintenance plan

    To read the entire request for proposals and learn more, click here or visit the City of Providence’s Current Bids webpage.

    Roger Williams Park WiFi Hardware

    Bids are now closed.

    The City of Providence Information Technology Department is requesting bids for network and hardware items to support Broadband wifi service at Roger Williams Park. Vendors must submit an itemized breakdown with unit price and total price, and clear description of manufacturer and part numbers. All items must be delivered to Providence, RI within 30 days of a Purchase Order being issued.

    To read the entire request for proposals and learn more, click here or visit the City of Providence’s Current Bids webpage.

    ARPA Grants Coordinator

    Bids are now closed.

    This part-time grants coordinator will spend 10-15 hours per week between September 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 ensuring compliance for a program designed to address the needs of small hospitality, tourism and creative businesses and nonprofit art and/or cultural organizations that have experienced adverse economic circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020, including periods of shutdown, declines in revenue, and increased costs. This is a ten-month long contractual opportunity with the possibility of renewal.

    Tasks Include:

    1. Managing State and Local Recovery Fund (SLRF) compliance deliverables and timelines in partnership with ACT and City staff.
    2. Working with SLRF subrecipients (grantees) to ensure proper reporting compliance.
    3. Managing all documents and data pertaining to the Art, Culture + Tourism reimbursement grant funding stream.

    To read the entire request for proposals and learn more, click here or visit the City of Providence’s Current Bids webpage.

    Household Broadband Services

    Bids are now closed.

    The City of Providence is requesting proposals from public or private providers of affordable housing for projects that will deliver low- or no-cost access to broadband internet into the homes of low- and moderate- income residents of Providence. The primary goal of this project is to increase broadband access for Providence children and youth from low- and moderate-income households, however, we recognize that many extended families and informal social networks play an active role in childcare, and, therefore, proposals need not be limited to households with children.

    Proposed projects may use a variety of modalities to expand access, which could include, but are not limited to:

    • Installing broadband technology in existing buildings in units reserved for those with 100% or less of Area Median Income (AMI);
    • Installing broadband technology in individual housing units reserved for those with 65 % or less of AMI, and managing the ongoing contracts for each unit;

    Internet service should include all hardware, software, installation and/or maintenance necessary to provide continuous, reliable service to the end user. Broadband speeds of 25Mbps Up/3Mbps Down are required, with 100Mbps/20Mbps or greater preferred. In making awards, the City will consider the number of households and individuals that proposals will cover, as well as the income ranges that will be served. The successful proposal will include a plan for sustaining internet coverage beyond the expiration of city funding (beyond June 30, 2024). Collaborations between organizations to increase the number of low-and moderate-income residents served are encouraged

    Tasks Included:

    Required activities will be largely dependent upon the proposed project design and delivery modality but should include the following components:

    1. Infrastructure – Proposals should include a detailed explanation of hardware and/or telecommunications equipment that will need to be purchased and/or installed to implement the proposed program successfully, and how it will be procured. Considering the funding timeline of this project, locations should be established buildings with current or pending occupants who meet the goals of this program.
    2. Service contract – Proposals should include an explanation of the data plan and/or internet service provider contract that will be needed for the proposed program, how billing will be managed, and how the service will be provided. Proposals should include the net cost of the service, after all discounts, including any applicable discounts under the FCC Affordable Connectivity Program, as well as an estimate of cost per household served
    3. Outreach and communications – Proposals should include an explanation of how targeted community members will learn about and access this program.
    4. Maintenance and management – Proposals should include an explanation of how internet access will be maintained and managed beyond the expiration of City funds.

    To read the entire request for proposals and learn more, click here or visit the City of Providence’s Current Bids webpage.

    Immigrant Legal Defense and COVID-19 Recovery Program

    Bids are now closed.

    The City of Providence seeks a(n) organization(s) to provide legal services for immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship and other lawful immigration statuses. This project aims to:

    1. Improve economic stability of foreign-born residents by reducing the financial burden of the legal process of naturalization;
    2. Increase the number of foreign-born residents of Providence naturalized as U.S. citizens;
    3. Increase awareness of existing partnerships and services available to those seeking naturalization;
    4. Increase awareness of and enrollment in federal/state public benefits to those eligible; and
    5. Increase coordination between existing immigration services offered by government and nonprofit organizations.

    Tasks include:

    1. Providing peer navigator support for clients that require non-legal assistance.
    2. Providing legal support and/or representation for clients required to interface with federal, state, and/or local agencies/courts.
    3. Developing a multilingual outreach strategy to identify and recruit eligible residents to participate in the program.
    4. Creating an administrative process for screening residents’ eligibility for service; developing criteria for eligibility for service.
    5. Coordinating with existing government and nonprofit efforts to provide immigration-related services.
    6. Regularly meeting with City of Providence representatives to discuss the status of activities.
    7. Partnering with an academic institution to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the restoration program. This component is encouraged but not required for applicants to be considered for the award. Please note that no funding from this award may be used for this task. Applicants will need to identify other sources of funding or establish partnerships.

    To read the entire request for proposals and learn more, click here or visit the City of Providence’s Current Bids webpage.

    Eviction Defense Services

    Bids are now closed.

    The City of Providence is committed to addressing the housing affordability and instability issues that are unduly impacting low- and moderate-income residents of the city. 54% of renter households in Providence are housing cost burdened, while the income needed to comfortably afford an average 2-bedroom apartment in the city is $71,160. These numbers suggest that even small unanticipated expenses for many families in Providence can mean the difference between facing eviction and not. There is significant evidence that having legal support during eviction proceedings has a large positive impact on the outcomes that tenants experience

    The City of Providence is seeking proposals from agencies to provide direct legal services to residents who are currently experiencing or who are at imminent risk of eviction. Interventions should be targeted at low- and moderate-income residents who are most vulnerable to eviction. The successful application will leverage existing resources, such as emergency rental assistance programs, and partnerships, such as with organizations serving people at imminent risk of homelessness, to ensure that every available resource is utilized to keep residents safely housed.

    Tasks include:

    • delivering a range of legal services to low-income tenants to prevent eviction or buffer its effects for Providence households. This could include services ranging from offering “know your rights workshops” and legal consultations to providing full legal representation to otherwise unrepresented tenants in Court;
    • developing or expanding an implementation plan to improve or develop a new system approach, policy, or program to support low-income tenants experiencing eviction more broadly;
    • and subcontracting with other organizations as necessary;
    • and regular reporting to the City on progress of eviction defense pilot and identification of opportunities to expand the pilot.

    Addendum #: 1
    Issue Date: 6/16/2022

    The purpose of this addendum is to amend the income eligibility of households to be served through the eviction defense program.
    The initial RFP states that households earning up to 100% of Area Median Income are included in the scope of work for eviction defense services. To better align this program with the eligibility guidelines of the American Rescue Plan, we are amending the income eligibility to 65% of Area Median Income.

    To read the entire request for proposals and learn more, click here or visit the City of Providence’s Current Bids webpage.

    COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program

    Applications are closed as of July 1, 2022. 

    The City of Providence’s COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program was designed to provide microgrants of $2,500 to qualified businesses throughout Providence that were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and support their economic recovery.

    Non-Violence Training Request for Proposals

    The City accepted proposals for a city-wide non-violence training for youth age 15-24 that would enhance participants’ conflict resolution skills and proactively identify interpersonal conflicts between individuals and groups at risk of escalating to violence. The deadline to apply was 10/12/21.

    The Nonviolence Institute was selected by the City of Providence to implement this program. Opportunities to participate in non-violence trainings are listed above under “Current Programs.” Learn more: https://nonviolenceinstitute.org/ 

    Youth Mentorship Request for Proposals

    The City accepted proposals for a new youth mentorship project, as community members, stakeholders, and non-profit organizations have recognized youth employment and access to mentorship as a proven method of deterring youth violence. The deadline to apply was 10/25/21.

    Mentor Rhode Island was selected by the City of Providence to implement this project. Mentor Rhode Island accepted proposals from community organizations seeking to receive specialized assistance from Mentor Rhode Island, as well as program improvement grants specific to improving mentoring opportunities. Mentor Rhode Island is centering its efforts on organizations that focus on transitional years, including the transition from elementary and middle school to higher grades, older teenagers and young adults, and on areas of the city where programs do not currently exist.

    To learn more about Mentor Rhode Island’s request for proposals, visit https://mentorri.org/relationships-at-the-center.