Apply for American Rescue Plan Funds

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 through the applications below. Information on how to access that support is below each opportunity.

Open Applications

City-wide Nonviolence Trainings

Mayor Elorza has announced that 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 “The Beloved Community Workshop,” 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.

The first workshop will be held at the Washington Park Community Library on February 6, 2022.

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://nonviolenceinstitute.org/ or email Juan Carter at juan@nonviolenceinstitute.org.

Year-long Youth Jobs

Through this initiative, the City and partners have announced new job opportunities are available 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/.

Capacity Building Opportunities for Youth Mentorship Programs

Mayor Elorza announced that Mentor Rhode Island has been selected to lead the City’s youth mentorship program and is now accepting proposals, seeking to identify and select community organizations to receive specialized assistance from Mentor Rhode Island, as well as program improvement grants specific to improving mentoring opportunities.

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

City of Providence's COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program

Mayor Jorge Elorza, Council President Igliozzi, Council Finance Chair Ryan, and the Providence City Council have announced the City of Providence’s COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program, designed to provide microgrants to businesses throughout the City of Providence and support economic recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Individual grants of $2,500 will be provided to qualified businesses that were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant program is made possible with the City’s American Rescue Plan funding.

Businesses can see eligibility criteria and apply here.

Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with a priority review deadline of November 12, 2021. This program will remain open until all funds have been allocated or until July 1, 2022.

Have questions or need support?

If you need help getting started:
Call PVD311 or (401)421-2489 and request Small Business Coordinator Victor Regino. Support is available in English or Spanish. 

If you have questions once you have begun your application:
Please contact ProvidenceGMS@iParametricsds.com or 1-833-238-3945 for any application accommodations, including translations or technical assistance. Phone hours are Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Past Applications

Youth Mentorship Request for Proposals

Youth Mentorship Request for Proposal

The City has released an RFP for a new youth mentorship program, as community members, stakeholders, and non-profit organizations have recognized youth employment and access to mentorship as a proven method of deterring youth violence.

Deadline: Apply by 10/25/21

QUESTIONS:

  • Please direct questions relative to the bidding process, how to fill out forms, and how to submit a bid(Pages 1-8) Purchasing Agent Patti Jordan
  • Please direct questions relative to the Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise Program and the corresponding forms (Pages 9-13) to the MBE/WBE Outreach Director for the City of Providence, Grace Diaz
  • Please direct questions relative to the specifications outlined (beginning on page 14) to the issuing department’s subject matter expert:

Non-violence Training Request for Proposals

The City released an RFP for a city-wide non-violence training for youth age 15-24 that will enhance participants’ conflict resolution skills and proactively identify interpersonal conflicts between individuals and groups at risk of escalating to violence.

Deadline for Applications: 10/12/21

QUESTIONS:

  • Please direct questions relative to the bidding process, how to fill out forms, and how to submit a bid (Pages 1-8) to Purchasing Agent Patti Jordan.
  • Please direct questions relative to the Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise Program and the corresponding forms (Pages 9-13) to the MBE/WBE Outreach Director for the City of Providence, Grace Diaz
  • Please direct questions relative to the specifications outlined (beginning on page 14) to the issuing department’s subject matter expert:
    • Bret Jacob, Director of Research and Development, LGBTQIA+ Liaison
    • Phone: 401 680-5751
    • Email: bjacob@providenceri.gov

Apply for a Small Business Grant

Beginning October 15, 2021, you are eligible to apply for a microgrant of $2,500 if your business was negatively impacted by COVID-19. The grant program is made possible with the City’s American Rescue Plan funding.

Submit Proposals

Organizations or individuals who have detailed, proposed uses of funds for the Providence Rescue Plan are invited to submit proposals.