Apply for American Rescue Plan Funds

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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.

Current Programs & Requests for Proposals

Immigrant Legal Defense and COVID-19 Recovery Program

Bids close July 5, 2022 at 2:15PM

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 and under review.

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.

Driver’s License Restoration Program

Bids are now closed and under review.

The City still has not fully recovered from the job loss that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the many impacts of unemployment is the reduced ability to pay for outstanding court and/or traffic fines, leading to a compounding of the fines and suspension of a driver’s license.

The City of Providence is seeking an organization(s) to provide restoration services for Providence residents with suspended driver’s licenses as a result of unpaid municipal and/or state court fines, a missed traffic court hearing, and/or other monetary-related suspensions.

Tasks include:

  • providing peer navigator support for clients that require non-legal assistance;
  • providing legal support and/or representation for clients required to interface with municipal and/or state courts/agencies;
  • develop a multilingual outreach strategy to identify and recruit eligible residents to participate in the program;
  • managing a cash assistance fund to assist with payments of fines, processing fees, license reinstatement fees, transportation, and other barriers preventing full participation in the economy by driving;
  • creating an administrative process for screening;
  • residents’ eligibility for service and developing criteria for eligibility for service;
  • and regularly attending City of Providence Monthly Fines and Fees Workgroup Meetings.

Tasks may also include:

  • 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.

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

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

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 of Providence's COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program

The City of Providence’s COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program is 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.

Businesses can see eligibility criteria and apply here.

Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. This program will remain open until all funds have been allocated or until July 1, 2022 at 4:30PM. 

Have questions or need support?
If you need help getting started, call PVD311. Support is available in English or Spanish. 
Once you have started your application, please contact ProvidenceGMS@iParametricsds.com or call 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

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.

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/ 

Apply for a Small Business Grant

If your business was negatively impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible to apply for a microgrant of $2,500. The grant program is made possible through the City’s American Rescue Plan funding.