Governor McKee: $8 Million in Grants Available for Hospitality, Tourism and Events Industry

Today, Governor Dan McKee and Rhode Island Commerce announced an $8 million grant program to help businesses and organizations in the hospitality, tourism, and event sectors that have suffered financial loss. significant due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant program, part of Governor McKee’s Rhode Island Rebounds initiative, will provide direct financial assistance in the following three categories:

• Restaurants, event organizations and valets

• Hotels, travel agents, tour guides/operators

• Arts and cultural organizations

“Our administration is committed to supporting local businesses and ensuring that Rhode Island’s vibrant hospitality, tourism and events sectors rebound strongly from the pandemic,” Gov. Dan McKee said in a statement. communicated. “I am grateful to the President, the Speaker of the Senate and the members of the General Assembly for adopting our RI Rebounds proposal which allows us to provide this crucial funding.”

“Rhode Island’s tourism, hospitality, arts and culture are a big reason Rhode Island attracts so many visitors from near and far,” Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos said in a statement. “Unfortunately, these same businesses have suffered some of the greatest losses to our local economy due to the pandemic. We are thrilled to announce this grant program today and look forward to welcoming visitors to our great state this summer! »

Eligibility requirements include demonstration of at least 35% revenue loss between 2021 and 2019. This program was designed using tax and industry data with the aim of supporting the industries of tourism, the state’s hard-hit hospitality and event industry. Eligible restaurants and event professionals will receive a lump sum grant of $12,500, less any Rhode Island Rebounds Small Business Grant funds they may have received. Hotels, tour guides, travel agents, and arts and culture organizations will receive grants of up to $250,000, which will be sized according to program criteria.

“Rhode Island’s economic recovery is strong overall, but – as is the case across the country – it is an uneven recovery. The hospitality, tourism and events sectors have suffered the greatest impacts in the age of the pandemic,” RI Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor said in a statement. “This grant program will help businesses in these sectors get through the COVID downturn. We thank Governor McKee and Lt. Governor Matos, Speaker Shekarchi, and Senate Speaker Ruggerio for creating and enacting the Rhode Island Rebounds package that funds this program.And we thank our technical assistance and community partners for helping businesses in our state apply for this program.

More information on eligibility requirements and how businesses can prepare to apply as well as information on upcoming webinars can be found on the Rhode Island Commerce website: Information on when applications will be accepted will be released next week. Commerce will host an initial webinar for interested businesses and organizations on its Facebook page on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. For those unable to attend the live webinar, the video will also be available on Commerce’s website and YouTube channel.

This program is funded by the State Fiscal Recovery Funds of the American Rescue Plan Act.

Ryan Belmore is the owner and publisher of What’sUpNewp.
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