Rescue Plan Funds in Action
Over the next three years, Providence will receive $166 million dollars from the U.S. Treasury to make a once-in-a-generation, transformative investment in our City’s future. Check out the details below to learn how funds have been put to action here in Providence.
How has the Community participated in this process?
The first round of American Rescue Plan funding was allocated through a multi-step process. After federal funds were announced, city department directors were surveyed and drafted proposals for high-impact projects. The Mayor’s Office and City Council also reviewed timely needs in the city, with a specific focus on violence prevention, and put together a list of high-priority work. All of the projects were reviewed at two public meetings, a finance committee meeting and an open meeting as part of the City Council budget hearing process. The culmination of that work was an ordinance passed by the City Council and signed into law by Mayor Elorza allocating American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to transformative city programming for the budget period of April 29, 2021 through September 20, 2021.
After the first allocation of funds, the City of Providence conducted a robust, multilingual community input process. This includes empaneling a COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Task Force which has held weekly public meetings since July 23rd and is preparing to soon make recommendations to the City on how to spend Rescue Plan dollars. Our community input process has included community canvassing, listening sessions, businesses roundtables, and direct engagement with local non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, and community groups. Additionally, we’ve been collecting community input via a survey on PVDrescueplan.com that is available in the top five languages spoken in Providence.
Future investments via Rescue Plan dollars will be driven by this community feedback.
How do the following categories align with the PVD Rescue Plan survey?
As one method of feedback, the City’s Rescue Plan Survey asked you to indicate your priorities from the following categories: Arts, Culture, and Tourism, Business and Economic Development, City Services and Infrastructure, Housing and Homelessness, Racial Equity, Sustainability, and Youth and Community Investments.
This feedback was categorized within the following four buckets: Youth and Education, Jobs and Economic Opportunity, Inclusive and Thriving Communities, and A City that Works.
The PVD Rescue Plan survey categories fit into these four buckets as follows:
|Youth and Education
Youth and Community Investments, Racial Equity
|Inclusive and Thriving Communities
Arts, Culture, and Tourism, Racial Equity, Sustainability, Housing and Homelessness
|Jobs and Economic Opportunity
Business and Economic Development
|A City That Works
City Services and Infrastructure
Overview of Funding Use
Youth and Education
Youth and Family Broadband Access - $1MM
Youth and Family Broadband Access funds will be used to expand broadband access to residents and the public throughout the city.
Early Learning Infrastructure - $1MM
Early Learning Infrastructure funds have been used to fund early learning facilities renovations to address health, safety, and overall quality at 12 locations across Providence.
LISC and Mayor Elorza hosted a webinar on October 6, 2021 to learn more about the improvements that have been made at 12 locations across Providence. Check out the webinar here.
Night Basketball and Recreation Hours Expansion - $80K
Our Recreation Department was able to run a new summer basketball program that hosted over two hundred Providence youth! Youth participated in a five-week program at the West End and Vincent Brown Recreation Centers before ending the season with a Championship Night. Thank you to our amazing Recreation Center staff for successfully running this new program!
Recreation Hours Expansion funds also allowed the City of Providence to extended hours at the Recreation Centers for young adults during the Summer of 2021. Keeping five recreation centers open from 9-11 pm during the weekdays kept hundreds of residents engaged in activities such as basketball games. The five centers used for this extended hours program included Rogers, West End, Vincent Brown, Davey Lopes, John Rollins and Neutaconkanut.
Summer Camp Expansion - $600K
Year-round Youth Jobs - $1.0MM
The City allocated funding to the City’s One Providence for Youth jobs program, which added over 450 year-round youth jobs. This initiative was part of the City’s Anti-Violence Investments, an effort to use American Rescue Plan Act dollars to increase education, employment, and mentorship opportunities for Providence youth and provide necessary supports to decrease the likelihood of youth violence.
Organizations that have been selected for this program include: Reentry Campus Program, Federal Hill House WEX and Federal Hill House SL, Refugee Dream Center, Inspiring Minds, Rhode Island For Community and Justice, Comprehensive Community Action Program, Boys and Girls Club of Providence, Providence Housing Authority and Community Action Partnership of Providence County. Organizations will offer students opportunities that complement their school-year academic and afterschool activities by building work readiness skills and exposing students to new career fields.
In total, the City is offering 800 year-round placements, all with an earning wage of $15 per hour.
Youth Mentorship - $1.1MM
The City released a Request For Proposal for a new youth mentorship program funded by American Rescue Plan dollars. This RFP is open through October 25, 2021. Community members, stakeholders, and non-profit organizations have recognized youth employment and access to mentorship as a proven method of deterring youth violence.
Inclusive & Thriving Communities
Waterfire Providence - $300K
Waterfire Providence is an iconic tradition with a huge economic & cultural impact on our City and State. Another year without a Waterfire would have been unimaginable, so Mayor Elorza and the Providence City Council allocated funding to make sure that Waterfire returned to Downtown Providence.
Check out the Waterfire schedule here.
Roger Williams Park Gateway - $4MM
The Roger Williams Park Gateway funds have been used to build the Roger Williams Park Gateway, a project that will convert currently blighted lots into an enhanced entrance to the Park on Broad Street. The project broke ground on August 24, 2021 surrounded by elected officials and community members.
City-wide Non-violence Training - $500k
A Request for Proposal has been released for a city-wide non-violence training for youth ages 15-24 that will enhance participant’s conflict resolution skills and proactively identify interpersonal conflicts between individuals and groups at risk of escalating to violence. The request for proposal is open through October 12, 2021.
Providence Center MHI Co-Response - $187K
Providence Center MHI Co-Response funds support a partnership between The Providence Center and the Providence Police Department. Funding will support embedding two full time behavioral health clinicians in the department. The Providence Center’s clinicians bring meaningful insight to delicate situations and help prevent people with mental illness from harming themselves or others, in accordance with Rhode Island Mental Health Law.
Providence Community Library - $500K
Providence Community Library funds will be used to support COVID safety compliance for the Providence Community Library buildings.
Community Center ARP Eligible Activities - $300K
Community Center ARP Eligible Activities funds will be used to reimburse Providence Community Centers for COVID-related response work, such as food distribution, vaccine clinics, childcare, and emergency needs support.
Providence Public Library - $100K
Providence Public Library funds will directly facilitate Providence Public Library’s expanded open hours through providing support for two new part-time Information Services staff who work directly with their growing base of patrons and greater public daily.
Funds will also support a new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) Specialist who will coordinate programming as part of the PVD Young Makers program and assist the public in using the technology in our expansive new Education Workshop and Makerspace.
Funding directly supports:
● 200,000 community members who will visit PPL (or connect with us virtually) to access
materials, attend programs, and/or receive one-on-one support from our expert staff;
● 20,000 patrons who will receive direct assistance from Info Services staff;
● 2,000 youth and adults who will attend programming or complete STEAM projects in Providence Public Library’s new Education Workshop
Homelessness Intervention - $500K
Jobs & Economic Opportunity
Relief for Small Businesses in Providence - $7MM
Relief for Small Businesses in Providence funds will be used for the City’s COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program. The goal of this grant program is to provide microgrants to numerous businesses throughout the City of Providence to support economic recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for additional details.
Summer Jobs for Providence Youth - $1MM
Summer Jobs for Providence Youth Funds have been used to support over 200 summer jobs, all with an earning wage of $15 per hour. In 2021, the City is offering over 1,000 summer and year-round employment opportunities with American Rescue Plan funding.
A City that Works
Revenue Loss - $20K
In accordance with eligible uses of American Rescue Plan funds, revenue loss funds will be used to replace public sector revenue loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Street Sweeping, Sewer Repair, Basin Cleaning - $3MM
Street sweeping funds will be used to increase the amount of street sweeping done in Providence in the Fall and Winter of 2021 and Spring of 2022.
Sewer repair and basin cleaning funds will be used to clean out sewer lines and basins and reconstruct sewer lines that have failed or collapsed.
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.
Organizations or individuals who have detailed, proposed uses of funds for the Providence Rescue Plan are invited to submit proposals.