McKee makes $2.9M in grants available for Rhode Island tourism, hospitality industries

Gov. McKee shared this photo from his placemaking grants announcement, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee announced on Friday that $2.9 million in grants will be available for Rhode Island tourism and hospitality industries.

“It’s all about bringing people back together in places that are meant to serve as hubs of activity. In a state like Rhode Island, our size is to our advantage – you can be at the beaches of South County in the morning and on Federal Hill for dinner by the evening,” the governor said.

The Placemaking Program, will provide direct financial assistance for businesses with a focus on developing outdoor and public space capital improvements throughout the Ocean State.

McKee was joined by Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos, Commerce Sec. Liz Tanner, and Executive Director of the Federal Hill Commerce Association Rick Simone for the announcement.

“These grants will help restore and improve parks, beaches, and main streets across Rhode Island. I am already looking forward to joining our neighbors at the celebrations that these grants will make possible,” Matos added.

Nonprofit organizations, chambers of commerce, municipalities, business cooperatives, tourism regions, and arts and cultural institutions can all apply to be part of the program.

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