McKee Administration announces ‘Take It Outside’ program

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) -Governor Dan McKee and Rhode Island Commerce have announced they are accepting proposals for the “Take It Outside” Initiative.

The Take it Outside Initiative is a plan to increase outdoor commercial activities and help reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19. It is planned the initiative will award $4.5 million in awards to support smaller businesses. The Initiative is a part of the Rhode Island Rebounds effort, proposed by Governor McKee and funded by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Other parts of the Rhode Island Rebound include the Small Business Grant Program which will help provide grants of $2,500 or $5,000 to small businesses and a site acquisition fund to support affordable housing development.

“I am proud to support the Take It Outside Initiative to continue helping our local businesses who have faced extraordinary challenges since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor McKee. “This funding will go a long way in boosting our economy and keeping our momentum going. Thank you to all of our partners who step up to help our businesses thrive.”

The initiative was successful during the pandemic as the program awarded more than 100 organizations a total of more than $6 million across two rounds of funding in 2020 and 2021.

“Many Rhode Island businesses have creatively and successfully taken our fight with the pandemic outside over the past couple years,” said Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor. “As we continue to emerge from COVID-related challenges, these grants will help more small businesses take their activities outdoors – attracting additional customers, increasing revenues, and boosting the economy.”

The Take It Outside Initiative wants to stimulate economic activity and help smaller businesses through activities that support public health adaptation for small businesses. That may include the cost of:

  • Purchasing
  • Obtaining
  • Delivering
  • Installing

Any of the following items:

  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Heat Lamps
  • Tents
  • Outdoor Wi-Fi Systems
  • Staffing
  • Insurance costs to specific outdoor activities
  • Lighting
  • Power Sources
  • Relevant Signage
  • and Bike Racks

for more information on the RFP and other Rhode Island Rebound plans, visit Rhode Island Commerce’s Website.

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