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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

ACT Coordinator Position

This position will manage administrative duties and scheduling for the City’s Department of Art Culture + Tourism (ACT) on programs produced and presented as part of the Providence Rescue Plan and in general by the office and coordinates administration to ensure that Providence’s creative economy recovery programs and general programs run smoothly and are compliant.

The successful candidate will have familiarity with Providence’s arts and cultural landscape and/or arts administration. Attention to detail and excellent customer service is a must.

To apply, click here.

Driver's License Restoration Program Care Coordinator Position

The Driver’s License Restoration Program Care Coordinator is responsible for managing incoming referrals and providing ongoing support and care coordination for individuals seeking to restore their driver’s licenses. This includes maintaining contact with referred individuals, assessing eligibility, identifying the individualized steps necessary for driver’s license restoration, and coordinating with internal (eg, cooperating attorneys, colleagues, and students) and external (eg, administrators, clerks, judges) stakeholders on an ongoing basis through the completion of the license restoration process. The goal for this program is to help at least 150 people a year reinstate their driver’s licenses.

This is a two year grant-funded position. This specific license restoration program will only last two years but there is the potential for transitioning to similar work after two years. This is an in-person position that can not be done remotely.

To apply, click here.

Requests for Proposals

Roger Williams Park WiFi Hardware

Bids due August 15, 2022 at 2:15PM

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.

City of Providence Emergency Food Planning and Food Security Prioritization Process

Bids close August 15, 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:

  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.

Kennedy Plaza Food Pavilion

Bids close September 26, 2022 at 2:15PM

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.

Current Programs

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.

Arts, Culture + Tourism Notice of Funding Availability

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.

In releasing this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), the goal is to make available financial resources to nonprofit art and/or cultural organizations that have experienced adverse economic circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic since March 3, 2021, including periods of shutdown, declines in revenue, and increased costs, by reimbursing up to $50,000 of eligible demonstrated costs/expenses.

More information

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.

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/

Past Applications

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.

Empower Providence

Bids are now closed and under review.

The City of Providence Office of Economic Opportunity is soliciting proposals from community partners or organizations to administer an innovative program that will aid the growth of start-up and existing microenterprises. Microenterprises are defined as a business operating on a very small scale, especially one with a sole proprietor and fewer than six employees. Microenterprises are the backbone of Providence’s economy, and support economic growth within our neighborhoods. These businesses are seen as a vehicle for families navigating an exit from poverty. The City of Providence has received federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support economic recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of this grant program is to engage three (3) “Community Partners” to be responsible for performing all the requirements of the program including recruiting microentrepreneurs, leading workshops/events, facilitating content, reporting progress, and representing the program in partnership with the city and curriculum operator. The curriculum operator will be operating a 10-week comprehensive learning management system that contains 10 digital presence courses. A $50,000 grant will be set aside for each of three (3) Community Partner Organizations. Community partners chosen through this RFP, will assist in serving up to 120 microenterprises.

Tasks Include:

1. Outreach: Provide outreach networking and marketing as needed to identify, contact and attract prospective and eligible microenterprises and entrepreneurs for this 10-week Online Presence training opportunity.

  • Local outreach should be provided to businesses within the hardest hit zip codes amidst COVID-19, in addition to the most underserved communities.
  • Outreach and communication can be done through phone, in person, video conference methods. Any additional outreach methods are subject to review and approval by the City of Providence.

2. Recruitment

  •  Recruit microenterprises to participate in the 10 -week learning management system curriculum.

3. Leading Workshops and events

4. Facilitating content

5. Representing the program locally

6. Reporting progress and providing timely updates to the City of Providence.

7. Final Reporting

 

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 and under review.

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.

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/ 

City of Providence's 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.

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.

Driver’s License Restoration Program

Bids are now closed.

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.

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.