FAQs

How much funding did Providence receive through the American Rescue Plan? 

Providence will receive $166 million dollars from the U.S. Treasury to make a transformative investment in our City’s future between now and 2024. Rescue Plan funds can be used to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency or its negative economic impacts.

How has the City engaged the public in the American Rescue Plan?

The City of Providence:

  • Hosted public Task Force meetings with a section for public comment
  • Held five Community Conversations
  • Facilitated two Business Roundtables (recordings of these events here)
  • Created and widely-shared a public feedback survey in 8 languages
  • Door-knocked in hard-hit ZIP codes
  • Heard over 10 City department presentations at public Task Force meetings, and created a portal on the website specifically for businesses and organizations to submit more detailed proposals.

Past events:

  • Providence Rescue Plan Community Conversation hosted by ARISE and South Providence Neighborhood Association 
    • WHEN: Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 5:30-7:00 PM  
    • WATCH: Video Recording
  • Providence COVID-19 Recovery Anchor Business Roundtable Discussion 
    • WHEN: Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 5:00-6:30 PM  
    • WATCH: Video Recording
  • Providence Rescue Plan Community Conversation hosted by Facilitate Change 
  • Providence COVID-19 Recovery Small Business Roundtable Discussion  
  • Providence Rescue Plan Community Conversation hosted by the Latino Policy Institute
  • Providence Rescue Plan Community Conversation hosted by the NAACP Providence Branch
  • Providence Rescue Plan Community Conversation hosted by Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) 
    • WHEN: Thursday, September 30, 2021, 6:00-8:00 PM  
    • WHERE: DARE Parking Lot at 340 Lockwood Street, Providence, RI 02907

    What was the charge of the City’s ARPA Task Force?

    The purpose of the Task Force was to provide guidance and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council as recovery planning efforts get underway in the wake of COVID-19. The Task Force  provided critical insights into balancing long- and short-term equitable and impactful deployments of stimulus relief funds in the City of Providence. This is laid out in more detail in the Guiding Principles Document.

    The Task Force shared recommendations with the City that were formulated into a report. The recommendations were  used to guide the City in developing programs and a budget for the American Rescue Plan funds.

    How will the City use the Task Force’s recommendations?

    The recommendations were  shared with the Mayor and the City Council. These recommendations guided the Administration in working with the City Council to build upon the first allocation of American Rescue Plan funding that was approved as part of the City’s FY2022 budget.

     

    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.