Take It Outside Grant | Small Business Recovery Program

Take It Outside Program

The Rhode Island Rebounds Take It Outside program is a state-wide effort to encourage and increase outdoor activities in an effort to reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19 and support small businesses recovery.

The Request for Proposals for intermediaries through this program is now closed.

This Take It Outside initiative seeks to award approximately $4.5 million to eligible proposers to allow them to create, design, and offer programs/activities that increase outdoor capacity of small businesses. Examples include, among others:  the cost of purchasing, obtaining, delivering, or installing chairs, tables, heat lamps, bike racks, other costs for purchasing or obtaining goods or services that are deemed necessary to increase outdoor opportunities for impacted small businesses. Awards will be up to $650,000 though we expect the majority of the awards to be between $50,000 and $250,000 each.

Eligible Proposers

Eligible proposers include nonprofit organizations, chambers of commerce, municipalities, merchant associations, arts/cultural organizations, and tourism regions. In responding to this request for proposals, proposers are encouraged to create, design, and offer proposals that best meet the needs of negatively impacted small businesses in communities across Rhode Island.


Round 1 Recipients

Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, $55,000
This project will expand business and organization’s ability to conduct business outdoors by providing them with the necessary infrastructure to do so. The funding will also help fund costs related to closing High Street in Westerly to allow for restaurants, retail, and other businesses to expand their outdoor capacity.

Town of Warren, $75,000
The Town of Warren is proposing to provide outdoor equipment to businesses and organization across their town. They would also like to use funds to create the Warren Walkabout, transforming their public spaces into areas available for commercial use.

Comprehensive Community Action, Inc., $5,000
The Comprehensive Community Action, Inc. is proposing to use this grant money to help food pantries in Cranston serve their food outdoors.

Rhode Island Hospitality Association, $150,000
The Rhode Island Hospitality Association will use grant funds to expand restaurant’s ability to serve food outdoors. The majority of their budget will be used to purchase outdoor heaters to go to businesses, as well as to purchase blankets to provide to restaurants as part of their Bring Your Own Blanket campaign.

Town of Barrington, $30,000
The Town of Barrington is proposing to provide outdoor equipment, such as heat lamps, tents, and tables, to businesses seeking to expand their outdoor capacity. They intend to provide these goods to businesses on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, $150,000
The proposal is to create a lending library, consisting of items like heat lamps, tables, chairs, and other out-door goods, for businesses and organizations to use.

The State Ballet of Rhode Island, $35,000
The State Ballet of Rhode Island project will construct an outdoor stage that the arts community may use in order to conduct performances this fall.

Downtown Providence District Mgt. Authority (DID), $80,000
The DID project will enable safety ambassadors to distribute PPE to those using outdoor environments and provide staffing to outdoor events, restaurants, and businesses in Providence.

Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, $75,000
The Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce is seeking to purchase and distribute outdoor goods, such as chairs, lighting, heat lamps, and tents, to businesses and organizations that aim to expand their outdoor operations.

Warwick Department of Tourism, Culture, and Development, $40,000
This proposal will create a 2020 Autumn Outdoor Marketplace for businesses to sell their goods outside.

Town of East Greenwich, $75,000
The Town of East Greenwich is seeking to purchase and distribute outdoor goods, such as igloos, lighting, heat lamps, and tents, to businesses and organizations the aim to expand their outdoor operations.

Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, $75,000
The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce conducted a needs assessment and is seeking to procure and distribute the goods needed by businesses within their network to expand their operations outdoors, including chairs, tables, and heat lamps.

Cooperating Libraries Automated Network DBA Ocean State Libraries, $85,000
Ocean State Libraries are seeking funding to provide free public outdoor WiFi to all public libraries across the state of Rhode Island. They plan to do this in partnership with OSHEAN.

City of Woonsocket, $90,000
The City of Woonsocket is planning to expand businesses outdoor capacity by providing the necessary infrastructure to these entities. The City is also seeking to expand the libraries outdoor capacity and create more outdoor programming for elderly, and thus more vulnerable, populations.

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, $60,000
The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council is seeking funding to convert the Polar Express to an outside event, where food vendors and other businesses can conduct their operations outside. The funding will be used to purchase equipment necessary to make such a transformation.

Federal Hill Commerce Association, $125,000
The Federal Hill Commerce Association is proposing to procure and distribute goods to continue and expand the Al Fresco dining on Atwells Avenue later into the season. Good procured include (but are not limited to) heat lamps, lighting, and signage.

Island Moving Company, $15,000
The Island Moving Company is seeking to create outdoor events where movies and performances may be conducted. They will also allow for outdoor food vendors to operate at these events.

Farm Fresh Rhode Island, $16,000
Farm Fresh Rhode Island would like to create an outdoor marketplace for food sales from local food vendors.

Town of Middletown, $75,000
In partnership with the City of Newport, this proposal would distribute outdoor goods to local businesses and organizations to enable them to conduct their operations outside.

City of Newport, $75,000
In partnership with the Town of Middletown, this proposal would distribute outdoor goods to local businesses and organizations to enable them to conduct their operations outside.

Town of North Providence, $75,000
North Providence is proposing to procure and distribute goods, such as igloos and heat lamps, to businesses and organizations that would enable them to conduct their operations outside.

Providence Foundation, $100,000
The Providence Foundation is seeking funding to (1) purchase and redistribute equipment that helps downtown business take their business outside and (2) create a vibrant (and socially distanced) environment that draws visitors downtown while urging them to dine and shop safely.

Hope Street Merchant Associations, $13,000
The Hope Street Merchants Association proposes to use funding to crate and outdoor environment for restaurants to serve their goods, as well as help businesses on Hope Street expand their operations onto the sidewalk.

Town of Jamestown, $40,000
The Town of Jamestown is seeking funding to (1) equip a parking lot in the center of their town with the necessary infrastructure for restaurants to serve outdoors in colder weather and (2) purchase goods to distribute to businesses that would allow them to conduct their operations outdoors.

City of East Providence, $75,000
East Providence is proposing to procure and distribute goods, such as chairs and heat lamps, to businesses and organizations that would enable them to conduct their operations outside.

Town of Bristol, $75,000
The Town of Bristol is proposing to procure and distribute goods, such as chairs and heat lamps, to businesses and organizations that would enable them to conduct their operations outside.

Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, $75,000
The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce is seeking funding to (1) create an outdoor job fair; (2) expand Innovate Newport’s outdoor capacity; and (3) procure goods to be distributed to businesses for to expand their outdoor capacity.

Progreso Latino, $22,000
Progreso Latino is seeking funding to allow for outdoor programming as well as partner with the Central Falls food pantry to help them conduct their services outside.

Narragansett Chamber of Commerce, $50,000
The Narragansett Chamber of Commerce is seeking funding to create an outdoor holiday market for vendors to sell their goods outside for the holiday season.

Town of Cumberland, $75,000
The Town of Cumberland is proposing to procure and distribute goods, such as outdoor WiFi and heat lamps, to businesses and organizations that would enable them to conduct their operations outside.

WaterFire Providence, $45,000
WaterFire Providence is seeking funding create a space for artists to perform outdoors.

NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, $35,000
NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley is seeking funding to convert the downtown space in Woonsocket into an outdoor venue that would allow neighboring businesses to sell their goods and operate outdoors.

The Steel Yard, $80,000
The Steel Yard is seeking to create Take It Outside kits to give to businesses and organizations that would allow them to expand their operations outside. Items in these kits include outdoor lighting, tents, signage, traffic barriers, and more. Click here for more information.

City of Providence, $150,000
The City of Providence is seeking funding to (1) add outdoor infrastructure to the ice rink, (2) improve outdoor signage, (3) create an outdoor flex team with generators, heaters, etc. to go to support local outdoor events, and (4) create an outdoor marketplace for the holidays.

Town of South Kingstown, $50,000
The Town of South Kingstown is proposing to procure and distribute goods, such as outdoor WiFi and heat lamps, to businesses and organizations that would enable them to conduct their operations outside.

Pawtucket Foundation, $70,000
The Pawtucket Foundation is seeking funding to help the food and drink industry expand their operation outdoors by purchasing tables, tents, umbrellas, and patio heaters.

Portsmouth Schools, $55,000
The Portsmouth School system is seeking funding to procure goods that enable schools within the district to conduct lessons and activities outdoors.

Barrington Schools, $55,000
The Barrington School system is seeking funding to procure goods that enable schools within the district to conduct lessons and activities outdoors.

WaterFire Providence in Partnership with the Wilbury Theater Group, $100,000
WaterFire Providence is seeking funding to build an outdoor stage available to the arts community which will include socially distanced seating for patrons and 50 live performances between now and the end of the year.

Discover Newport, $60,000
Hearing directly of the need from restaurants in the greater Newport area, Discover Newport is seeking funding to purchase mylar single use blankets for restaurants to distribute to patrons to encourage and promote outdoor dining through the remainder of the year.

Festival Ballet Providence, $100,000
The Festival Ballet is seeking funding to build an outdoor stage for professional ballet performances that would run between now and the end of the year. The stage would be used by professional ballet troupes as well as ballet schools from Providence and throughout the state. Festival Ballet tells us that by having this outdoor performance space, it will enable dozens and dozens of workers in the arts to return to work for the holiday season. Some of the infrastructure purchased to make this a reality will also be repurposed for the following seasons as well.

Round 2 Recipients

Town of Westerly – $31,000
The Town of Westerly Recreation Department is proposing to procure goods, such as outdoor heat lamps, tents, tables, chairs, supplies and accessories to safely extend the outdoor fall season. These items will be used by businesses, leagues and organizations that would enable them to utilize outdoor facilities for meetings, sports and recreational play. They will also be able to utilize this equipment for an Outdoor Holiday Fair on December 6.

Town of Glocester – $8,400
The Town of Glocester, Rhode Island to support outdoor Wi-Fi at two locations in the Town of Glocester and the support for the Glocester Business Association.

The Preservation Society of Newport County – $40,000
The Preservation Society of Newport County will receive funding for the installation of an outdoor holiday experience to encourage and increase outdoor at The Breakers, a National Historic Landmark, located at 44 Ochre Point Avenue in Newport, RI.

North Kingstown School Department – $55,000
The North Kingstown School Department is seeking funding to enable outdoor WiFi for outdoor classroom at their schools.

Narragansett School System – $55,000
The Narragansett School System is seeking funding to enable outdoor WiFi for outdoor classroom at their schools.

Mt Hope Trust – $46,000
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses and organizations have been pressed to find alternative ways to reach their consumer.  For Mount Hope Farm, we have created a holiday market from 9-3pm on December 12th so that local artisans and small businesses are able to sell their goods to local shoppers.  Because of the pandemic, we are not able to utilize our indoor space for this busy market.  We will provide: Tents, heaters & hand sanitizing dispensers 

Currently, Katie Blaise, our market manager, has postings on social media for participation in the market. A business can contact her directly by phone at 978-790-8554 or email FarmersMarket@mounthopefarm.org  as well as contact Mount Hope Farm. In order to participate in this holiday market, the business will complete an application form indicating what they will sell. 

The other component of our grant award will create a GPS walking tour of Mount Hope Farm via phone app. An outdoor wi-fi system will directly benefit the community at large.  The public will be able to visit enjoying the history, beauty, and tranquility while listening to self-guided tours. 

WaterFire Providence – $50,000
WaterFire Providence’s Take Art Outside initiative includes a variety of outdoor theatrical performances as well as ArtMarts for emerging artists and craftspeople in the parking lot of the WaterFire Arts Center on select Saturdays throughout Fall 2020. Interested artists should email devanshi@waterfire.org. Check the WaterFire Providence website and Facebook page for updated event information.  

City of Central Falls – $45,000
The City of Central Falls is proud of our many unique, independently run restaurants, and in order to assist them through the pandemic we are purchasing supplies and services to expand outdoor dining during the colder winter months. 

For approximately eight (8) of our restaurants with the physical space and the desire to do so, the city will provide tents, tables and chairs, heaters, lights, fencing, and/or other supplies related to outdoor dining. Restaurants are being contacted individually to assess need and interest.  

Recognizing that many of the restaurants in the City do not have the physical space or ability to expand outdoors, the city will set up a shared outdoor dining space in Dexter Plaza, which is centrally located to several restaurants that are currently offering takeout. With the addition of tables, chairs, tents, lights, and heaters in this space and professional management assistance, takeout patrons from these and other restaurants can safely and comfortably eat outdoors through the colder months. Restaurants in the surrounding area are being contacted individually to alert them of this project and to request their support in directing their customers to this space.  

Any restaurant in Central Falls that would like further information about this project is invited to contact Principal Planner Jillian Finkle at jfinkle@centralfallsri.us or (401) 616-2482. 

The McAuley Corporation – $4,200
McAuley House welcomes local companies to participate in providing donations of nutritious canned foods for inclusion in the weekly packages that we provide to 110+ families each week at our food pantry at 622 Elmwood Avenue, Providence.  We now can give them durable and re-useable bags instead of paper bags.   Anyone interested in helping with food donations can contact Yvette Kenner, the Administrator of McAuley House, at ykenner@mcauleyri.org.   

For fellow non-profits and local agencies serving the most vulnerable in Providence we welcome them sharing that everyone is welcomed to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch each day Monday – Friday, served to-go,  and thanks to the “Move It Outside” award we have expanded seating for our guest in the yard under tents with the warmth of heat lamps.   

Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities – $40,000
With this funding, the Historic New England will create outdoor programming at Casey Farm in Saunderstown. The expansion includes the addition of two holiday markets, one in November and one in December, two additional Coastal Growers’ Markets in November, and moving indoor youth education programs outdoors.

Ocean State Charity Events – $5,000
In just over a decade, Ocean State Charity Events has earned an enviable reputation as the go-to choose for charity event planners throughout New England. Regardless of an organization’s size, philanthropic endeavor or number of development staff, OSCE has the knowledge and resources to assure a successful and memorable event. And as a non-profit ourselves, we understand firsthand the challenges of increased demand for your services in concert with shrinking resources. 

We offer: 

  • Physically present as an unpaid (no cost to you), vital team partner every step of the way.  We handle all the details…at no charge…relieving you of stress and anxiety and enabling you to focus on areas that earn you the most revenue. 
  • Exceptional charity-based memorabilia resources risk-free and at no-cost consignment. Choose from sports, entertainment, politics, special interest plus cruise, weekend and vacation getaway packages.  
  • A knowledge base honed from over 30 years of successful charitable fundraising and event planning leadership at all levels, including Director of Development.  
  • On-site Live, online Virtual, or a combination…we’ve got you covered!  If your plans call for an on-site event, our memorabilia display will be sure to draw a crowd. And if an online auction is part of your strategy, our customized Luxury Suite virtual auction can work independently or in conjunction with your donated items. You’ll find precise details for both on our web site.  

Please visit oceanstatecharityevents.com for an in-depth look at the company, the specific deliverables plus answers to frequently asked questions about event planning. Then call (401) 602-8548 or email info@oceanstatecharityevents.com 

New Shoreham School District (Block Island School) – $7,500
The Block Island school district is seeking funding for equipment that would enable schools across Block Island to teach courses outside.

Tides Family Services – $23,000
The Take It Outside funding to purchase tents, tables, chairs and heaters that would allow Tides Family Services and their partners, Comprehensive Community Action Plan, the Department of Children, Youth and Families, and the Rhode Island Training School to conduct their activities outdoors.

Hopkinton Recreation Department – $9,000
In considering the needs of community businesses as it applied to the Take it Outside Initiative, we determined that the Main Street businesses and restaurants would benefit from tents, heaters and furniture (chairs, benches and picnic tables, etc.) so that they have the tools to extend their space and continue to safely offer goods and services to customers.  We plan to purchase tents, heat lamps, lighting and furniture on behalf of the businesses in the Town of Hopkinton.  We are a close-knit community and we’re reaching out to businesses with a personal phone call, email and if necessary, social media to assess the needs of each individual business.  We can be reached during regular business hours by phone at (401) 377-7795 or email; msawyer@hopkinotnri.org or receation@hopkintonri.org.   We’ve received great feedback and will continue to work to obtain resources for the purpose of supporting businesses on Main Street in Hopkinton.   

Town of Narragansett – $64,000
Businesses and organizations can apply for items through an application on the Narragansett webpage:  https://www.narragansettri.gov/DocumentCenter/View/13588/Take-It-Outside—Narragansett-APPLICATION?bidId= 

Westbay Community Action, Inc. – $8,000
With the help of the Take It Outside Grant, Westbay Community Action will be able to continue to provide vital food services to our community in the winter months.  Since March, we have gone through so many changes. So many people need food assistance during these pressing times.  Some who never have experienced food insecurity are now struggling due to the pandemic.  However, what warms our hearts is seeing how the community pulls together to help each other. Community members in need of food assistance can visit our Marketplace – Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm located at 487 Jefferson BLVD Warwick RI 02886 or feel free to contact us at 401-732-4660.  Westbay is offering contactless curbside pick-up to all visitors.  

Hope & Main – $25,000
We are excited to announce that we have received a grant from the State of RI through their Take It Outside Initiative. These funds will allow us to host safe & socially distant indoor markets for the holiday season and enable you to host pop ups year-round in our back-parking lot! 

These generous funds have allowed us to purchase four 10X20’ tents with heaters, a semi-permanent greenhouse for the back parking lot and a mobile walk-in cooler that will allow us to continue meal distribution for our Nourish Our Neighbors Program under food-safe conditions. We know that many winter markets/events have been cancelled due to the COVID pandemic and you are welcome to utilize these resources to host pop ups to continue selling your products throughout the year. 

We are currently recruiting Hope & Main members for our four holiday markets, taking place Nov 15 & 22, and December 13 & 20. Click Here to access the application, which is due October 30th. Please contact Market Manager Caitlin Mandel (caitlin@makefoodyourbusiness.org) with any questions about joining the market or utilizing our new COVID-friendly pop-up set up!  

Good Neighbors – $5,000
Good Neighbors provides a twice-weekly (Wednesdays & Saturdays) food pantry to residents of East Providence via an outdoor, curbside pickup. Nonperishable items, fresh produce, and meat & eggs are distributed to eligible households. Personal care items, face masks, socks, and other essential items are also available. Please contact us at 401-433-0045 or check us out online at goodneighborsri.org.  

Newport Public Schools – $35,000
Newport Public Schools are receiving funding for new and innovative approaches to educational delivery and creative opportunities for teachers and students. Their goal is to Take It Outside so the district is able to keep our students and staff safe while providing in-person learning for as long as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cumberland EMS Foundation – 24,000
With these funds, Cumberland EMS will partner with local businesses to enable outdoor influenza vaccinations. They will also partner with the Cumberland Senior Center to enable outdoor activities for seniors.

RI Brewers Guild – $75,000
The RI Brewers Guild are seeking funding to enable all RI Brewers to have outdoor markets for them to sell their goods outdoors.

Town of New Shoreham – $45,000
Block Island will work with the Block Island Chamber of Commerce to purchase and distribute eligible goods to local businesses.

Pump House Music Works – $30,000
The Pump House is creating an outdoor stage for artists and food trucks to perform and sell their goods outdoors.

Friends of Jamestown Seniors – $5,000
In collaboration with the Jamestown Senior Center, the Friends of Jamestown Seniors, Inc. is going to create an outdoor space that will offer seniors a safe outdoor gathering place this Fall.

Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Inc. – $25,000
The Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce is asking for additional funding to continue to fund requests to businesses in Warwick, West Warwick, Coventry, Cranston, and Providence a well as North Kingstown and East Greenwich to provide them with equipment that enables outdoor activity.

Town of Richmond – $55,000
The Town of Richmond is requesting funding to act as an intermediary to purchase items for outdoor use and provide those to restaurants within the town.

Town of Smithfield – $75,000
The Town intends to be an intermediary for restaurants, retailers, health clubs, yoga/cycling studios and fitness centers, small businesses, our beloved Apple Orchards & Local Farms, Greenville Library and Smithfield Senior Center by purchasing equipment for outdoor use and providing it to these entities.

Chariho Regional School District – $55,000
The Chariho Regional School District is going to use Take It Outside funding to create outdoor WiFi access points as well as to create mobile outdoor classroom kits for schools within the district.

Bristol Warren Regional School District – $55,000
The Bristol-Warren Regional School District is going to use Take It Outside funding to create outdoor WiFi access points as well as to create mobile outdoor classroom kits for schools within the district.

Wayland Square Merchants Association – $30,000
Wayland Square Merchants Association will purchase benches, bike racks, and signs to enable those in Wayland Square to dine and rest outdoors.

Marcel Holiday Marketplace – $40,000
J Marcel is acting as an intermediary to support over 90 local businesses by either procuring their services or providing them a marketplace in which they can sell their own goods. This Providence Holiday Market will feature over 70 Rhode Island owned retailers and restaurants.

Town of Bristol – $25,000
‘The Town of Bristol received $25,000 through the Take It Outside Initiative to purchase additional outdoor heaters, safety barriers, and fuel for our business community. Once purchased, the distribution of these supplies will be managed by the Bristol Merchants Association. Distribution information will be made available on the Town of Bristol website and the BMA Facebook page. For additional questions, please contact the Bristol Merchants Association at bristolmerchantsassociationri@gmail.com 

Town of South Kingstown – $25,000
The Town of South Kingstown is proud to announce that it has secured an additional $25,000 in grant funding from Rhode Island Commerce as part of the second round of the “Take it Outside” grant initiative.  The funding will be used to support local businesses that submitted plans and budgets to the town for equipment to allow them to extend their business activities outside of their brick & mortar locations to create safe, socially distanced spaces for their patrons to enjoy.  The money will also help support a town initiative to extend public programs outdoors, as well.  The businesses include a local restaurant and brewery with the acquisition of tents, heating units, lighting, tables, chairs and ground covering to enable them to “Take It Outside” with the cooling weather and shorter daylight hours that come with the change in seasons. The Town is proposing to allocate grant funding towards outdoor public accessibility improvements at parks and other public recreation locations. The Town of South Kingstown is grateful to Rhode Island Commerce for the support of local business and public accommodations.   

AS220 – $35,000
AS220 is purchasing and distributing outdoor equipment for neighboring bars and restaurants.

103 Point Street LLC – $50,000
103 Point Street is purchasing and distributing outdoor equipment to businesses by the Jewelry District in Providence, Rhode Island.

Town of East Greenwich – $25,000
In the “Take It Outside” program, the Town has partnered with the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce so businesses can either reach out to Steve Lombardi, the Chamber’s Executive Director or to the Town Manager’s Office at 886-8665 for further information as to what supports are available.  Businesses thus far have begun to take advantage of some new barricades designed to provide a secure expansion of outdoor seating, outdoor heaters, outdoor lighting, tables/chairs, with some enclosed dining areas soon to be installed, new Covid educational signage and pedestrian signage to slow traffic and improve pedestrian safety.  Businesses throughout the community will benefit from this program as we turn our attention to the approaching holiday season. Some of our Main St. businesses have benefited from our Sunday Street closures over the past 8-weeks and we’re now transitioning to a new format for late fall and winter.  Events have been successful and well attended including the recent Halloween costume car parade, the upcoming Veterans Day Parade, live music outside the Greenwich Hotel, outdoor family movie, with many other winter festivities planned in the coming weeks. Please take the time to visit our shops and restaurants in East Greenwich as they all stand prepared and ready to meet your daily and seasonal holiday needs. 

Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island – $50,000
SCCRI will be using all its communications channels to connect to businesses and audiences for the outdoor programming that will take place in Nov and Dec with support from this grant. These include: email invitations to partner organizations and businesses, a partnership with Gallery Night Providence and to local artists and vendors we have continued to work with during this pandemic. We will help connect with others beyond our own network, outreach to local media, and promotion via our website, social media channels, and enewsletter with a designated contracted curator and producer who will be the main contact person and liaison with businesses, organizations, artists and partners. This person will also be responsible for facilitating any accessibility needs. Supporters, partners, and participants of SCCRI span across all racial and cultural demographics in Providence, with a strong presence of the West African, South East Asian, and Latinx diasporas and the artists that live in the city, and particularly on the Southside.   

We have the fortunate use of Southlight, a particularly useful indoor/outdoor space that is highly visible, and also well ventilated yet protected. This space has housed events that are inherently more safe during this Covid crisis because of its ability to be opened up to fresh air while being also an effective venue for events. Recent events that we have hosted were the Community Music Works annual gala in late September, as well as Covid-19 testing during the Spring through this Fall. We will offer a protected and heated exterior for the Gallery Night in November. Our tentative dates are: Nov 19, November 28 and Dec 19. 

Ocean State Shields, LP – $80,000
Ocean State Shields is creating outdoor shelters and igloos for the hospitality industry to use. They will partner with Eat Drink RI, Hope & Main, and the East Bay Chamber of Commerce.

The Steel Yard – $50,000
The Steel Yard is seeking to create Take It Outside kits to give to businesses and organizations that would allow them to expand their operations outside. Items in these kits include outdoor lighting, tents, signage, traffic barriers, and more. Click here for more information.

Providence Revolving Fund – $150,000
The Providence Revolving Fund is taking applications for grants to Restaurants, Bakeries and Markets or other businesses/entities serving prepared foods and/or refreshments.  Grants can be used for the purchase of patio heaters, outdoor tables and chairs, Plexiglas, umbrellas, or other items needed for outdoor dining in an effort to encourage and increase outdoor activities for all Rhode Islanders in an effort to reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19.  This grant program funded through a grant from the Rhode Island Commerce “Take It Outside
Initiative”. https://www.prftakeitoutside.org/  

Town of Portsmouth – $51,000
Portsmouth is going to purchase items that constitute eligible expenses and distribute those to businesses within the town.

Protect Matunuck – $50,000
The businesses in Matunuck are very excited to be able to provide outdoor comfort to the community throughout the winter and are mostly excited to continue the Christmas Stroll which Protect Matunuck started three years ago.  With news of the grant, Karen Recene, the Manager at The Pub, immediately headed a task force to contact all the vendors of the Christmas stroll to see their interest and was pleased to know that most craft vendors are very interested in selling their wares throughout the holiday season.  Rather than have the stroll just one day in December, to provide a safe and distanced outdoor environment, this year the Holiday Stroll will be held each Thursday beginning in November until mid-December.  The vendors will be spaced throughout the village of Matunuck, under tents and on decks, and safely along the street where customers can walk around the village. 

Another means of using the grant will be to reach out to the various businesses in Matunuck to address their individual needs for outdoor supplies and equipment to Take It Outside.  When preparing for the grant, each business had provided their budget requests and now Protect Matunuck will give the business a request form where they can submit a new request for such things as heaters or tents that they still might need.  Protect Matunuck will purchase as much as possible for the businesses to help them keep their business outdoors this winter. 

Federal Hill Commerce Association – $25,000
The Federal Hill Commerce Association is proposing to procure and distribute goods to continue and expand the al fresco dining on Atwells Avenue later into the season. Good procured include (but are not limited to) heat lamps, lighting, and signage.

P&EE Consulting Inc. d/b/a FoodTrucksIn.com d/b/a PVD Food Trucks Events – $75,000
Through the Take It Outside funding, the Food Truck Events will be expanded into December by providing individual food truck owners with tools and assets than can be used for them to over street service or participate in collective events later into the season.

Federal Hill House Association – $25,000
Federal Hill House will be using Take It Outside funding to weatherize our two food pantries, which are open to Providence residents.

The Olneyville Food Center at 261 Manton Avenue is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Swiss Street Pantry at 35 Swiss Street is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests can visit the pantries twice a month to obtain “grab and go” bags of non-perishables, produce, and meat.  

Tiverton Public Schools – $65,000
Tiverton Public Schools are requesting funding to expand their wireless infrastructure to outdoor spaces across the district to enable outdoor learning.

West Broadway Neighborhood Association – $60,000
West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA) is providing funding support to neighborhood businesses and organizations to purchase equipment such as heat lamps, tents, traffic barriers, and other items that would help expand their business activities to the outdoors. Priority is given to businesses and organizations within WBNA’s focus area, which is bounded by I-95 and Route 6/10 from east to west, and north-south by Broadway and Westminster/Cranston Streets in Providence, RI. 

Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council – $25,000
The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC) works with communities to protect and fortify our river’s natural resources in Providence and 6 nearby cities and towns, together comprising 27% of RI’s population. We transform places and spaces and offer education, recreation and restoration programs to thousands of residents and visitors each year.   

The parks, programs and amenities we create or transform spark economic development and thriving neighborhoods, restore the Woonasquatucket River and the communities it touches, educate RI’s future generations of environmental leaders, and, in particular through our Greenway and volunteer projects, we connect people to nature in our cities. (Learn about the history and future of our hallmark 7-mile Woonasquatucket River Greenway here: https://wrwc.org/wp/what-we-do/greenway/.)  

To help Rhode Island Take It Outside, we invite Rhode Islanders of all ages to enjoy our extended outdoor recreation opportunities – Green Infrastructure Tours, Hikes, Bikes, Walks and more!  Look for our Red Shed Bike Classes and New Voices Local Leaders Info Sessions at outdoor Food Hubs and Farmers Markets.  Businesses, faith centers, clubs and groups can safely join us in ensuring safe, clean and green parks and riverways through extended outdoor volunteering. Learn more about Clean Days on the Greenway, bicycle and river recreation, outdoor learning, and other ways to support our work at this critical time at:  

Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
45 Eagle Street, Suite 202, Providence, RI 02909
Tel: 401.861.9046
Fax: 401.861.9038

Foster-Glocester Regional Schools – $55,000
The Foster-Glocester Regional Schools are going to build an Outdoor Learning and Innovation Center that will allow schools within the district to conduct their activity outdoors.

Courtland Club – $50,000
The Courtland Club is seeking to create outdoor events where movies and performances may be conducted. They will also allow for outdoor food vendors to operate at these events.

South Kingstown School District – $55,000
The South Kingstown School District is going to create outdoor learning spaces on all of their campuses using Take It Outside grant funding.

Marieville Neighborhood Partnership – $75,000
Marieville Neighborhood Partnership plans on doing a widespread community outreach to make businesses and organizations aware of the support, services and/or goods that we will be providing.  Our core group of board members and volunteers will be going, in person, to all local businesses and organizations with a letter announcing the opportunity, along with a formal application. Along with that personal approach we will also be putting a press release in the local newspaper as well as announcing the opportunity on social media.

 There are a variety of items available to applicants, including, but not limited to: igloos, outdoor couches and chairs, heat lamps, tents, lighting, decor, masks, hand sanitizer, fire pits and more.    


Businesses and organizations can contact us via email or phone to inquire about the assistance and support that is available. They can reach the TIO Grant sub-committee at any of the following email addresses: inof@marieville.orgken@amoriggilaw.comsfamiglietti@yahoo.com  and/or chuckpollock2018@gmail.com , or call (401) 722-3777 and ask for Ken Amoriggi. 

Town of Burrillville – $75,000
While funding is available the Town of Burrillville is making items and services available free of charge to businesses and other eligible entities through the Take It Outside Initiative to be utilized in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency to help sustain operations. 

The town will be accepting applications until funding is depleted. We will make every effort to fill eligible applicants’ requests; however, there is limited funding available. The average estimated value of items distributed to each applicant is expected to average $2,000 to $3,000 in value. This amount could be higher or lower, depending on the number of requests received and if additional grant funds become available.

Questions? Call or email at 401-568-4300 ext. 131 or planning@burrillville.org 

Providence After School Alliance – $47,000
The Providence After School Alliance is seeking funding to partner with Providence Schools and the City of Providence’s Recreation Department to enable youth programming to be held outside.

Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce – $150,000
The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is seeking funding to procure equipment that would allow businesses to conduct their operations outdoors, with a focus on office-based businesses.

Rhode Island Arts Foundation at Newport Inc., d/b/a Newport Music Festival – $10,000
This funding will be used to create an outdoor stage to enable local artists to perform outdoors.

Friends of Linden Place – $25,000
Linden Place is erecting a 40×80 foot tent in our gardens to be used from November 20 through December 31, potentially beyond.  While we have lots of our own Take it Outside events planned for that time, we also want to extend the use of our space to other non-profits and businesses so that they, too, can host events in conjunction with Linden Place.  Our historic site has always been a cultural “living room” for schools, community groups and not for profits and we hope to continue that in 2020 and 2021!  From recitals to school sponsored events to pop-up dinners, we are excited at the possibilities! 

We can provide a space to accommodate 100 people, regardless of the weather. We will have a heated tent with a small stage for performers. We also have outdoor heaters and fire pits as well as seating.  We plan to reach out to the East Bay Chamber of Commerce so that they can let areas businesses and organizations know. Businesses can also reach us directly to inquire about using or space. 

North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce – $100,000
The North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce will both serve as an intermediary by procuring and delivering eligible expenses to local businesses including chairs, tables, heat lamps, tents, masks, hand sanitizer, power supply, and igloos. They will also create an open market in Wickford Village.

City of Cranston – $100,000
The City of Cranston will create a subgrant for businesses to apply to in order to purchase eligible expenses and expand upon their outdoor operations.

Town of Barrington – $30,000
The Town of Barrington is proposing to provide outdoor equipment, such as heat lamps, tents, and tables, to businesses seeking to expand their outdoor capacity. They intend to provide these goods to businesses on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Avenue Concept – $150,000
The Avenue Concept brings dynamic and high-quality public art experiences to life, and through the Take it Outside initiative, we’ll light up our downtown corridor installations during some key holiday, neighborhood, dining and shopping events this fall.  

Avenue installations circle the downtown corridor, in clear sightlines of attractions, businesses, and residences and create points of contact to connect streets, restaurants, shopping, and happenings throughout downtown. We’re expanding upon our popular self-guided tours and building a nighttime tour program to run during partner events and activities. We’re working with Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, Providence Arts, Culture and Tourism, and downtown partners to create the best lighting opportunities, and we invite discussions with individuals, organizations, and businesses, that might use our lighting and tours to encourage longer outdoor outings for walking, biking, dining, shopping, gathering in small socially-distanced groups. For more information, contact jenn@theavenueconcept.org 

Cape Verdean Progressive Center – $6,500
The Cape Verdean Progressive Center will create an outdoor space for events that would allow local musical talent to perform and public events to be held.

Partnership for Providence Parks – $26,000
The Partnership for Providence Parks is working with Park Friends’ and Recreation Friends’ Groups as well as the Providence Department of Parks, Recreation, and Art, Culture + Tourism to create outdoor environments ensuring all people of Providence can Take It Outside.

Rhode Island for Community and Justice – $25,000
RICJ intends to use the TIO funds to hold outdoor youth/juvenile justice professional development events. These events require purchasing and/or renting outdoor equipment such as tables, chairs, heating lamps, tents, etc. This equipment will be available for our partner organizations to use as well (youth program and justice program partners). As an intermediary, RICJ will also assist the nonprofit Center for Reconciliation by allocating funds towards their tours, lectures, and book clubs that are still operating during COVID. Becky Kerner will be the point of contact for all events utilizing TIO funds. 

Bike Newport – $13,000
Bike Newport is using the Take It Outside grant to establish an outdoor facility at our Big Blue Bike Barn – an outdoor open space located on the north side of Miantonomi Park, on a parcel made available by the Newport Housing Authority, and located in the heart of Newport’s North End neighborhood.  

Working with the community, we are very hopeful to put this exceptional facility to use for as many hours as possible and to benefit as many organizations and people as possible for the 8 weeks it will be available and for the time that Bike Newport will not be actively running program. 

The 800sf heated tent will be used for Bike Newport’s “Open Garage”, other educational programs and bike repair support. The space ay also be used by other agencies and businesses, including so far: Newport HEZ, Newport Recreation, Boys and Girls Club, Newport Public Schools, East Bay MET School, Conexion Latina, and Newport Boxfit.   

A shared calendar is in use by all to make the most use of this large heated outdoor gathering space.  

Any local organization or business interested in using the space is invited to do so – according to the most current social gathering guidelines in place for Rhode Island, and after completing mandatory training on use of the space. Please contact Clare Woodhead, Bike Newport Director of Education, clare@bikenewportri.org

Gallery Night Providence – $30,000
Gallery Night Providence is excited to announce “DIY Gallery Night” that can be experienced ANYTIME by walking, biking, or riding in a vehicle all around Providence!  Over 3 dozen spaces will have art displays in their front windows (look for the Gallery Night flags) along with a QR code/link to an online video explaining each exhibit. There will also be simple instructions for children, teens, and adults to create art to continue the adventure. (Free art kits are available.) Check out unique art scavenger hunts in different neighborhoods across the City – use a pencil and paper to keep track of clues, or download our brand-new gaming app. Gallery Night will also present their first drive-in movie experience (free admission) with local art films that inspire, educate, and delight! 

Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau – $40,000
Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau is acting on an intermediary on behalf of the Roger Williams Park Zoo and related entities to procure goods that would enable outdoor activity.

RI Hospitality Education Foundation – $150,000
RI Hospitality Education Foundation will purchase attire that enables servers across the state to operate outdoors. They will also serve as a statewide reimbursement entity for hospitality businesses who are seeking to purchase outdoors equipment.

A Partnership Between the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School & The Festival Ballet Providence – $150,000
This grant will support the purchase of an outdoor hydraulic lift stage to allow both organizations to produce outdoor performances across the state. The organizations are committed to bringing the arts in an outdoor format to underserved communities across Rhode Island.


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