Friday, September 30, 2022        

Take it Outside Grant Program

 

Attention Smithfield Businesses!

Take It Outside

Grant Opportunity


The Town of Smithfield has secured $100,000 in funding from the RI Commerce Corporation to further Smithfield’s small business community’s “Take It Outside” initiative. The funds will be used to cover the cost of producing outdoor activities as autumn and winter weather arrives in New England. The funding is focused on the purchase of items such as heat lamps, tents, tables, etc.
 
The “Take It Outside” initiative was created to encourage and increase outdoor commerce and reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19. This is the Town’s third round of grant funding to support small businesses with outdoor activities. 
 
Smithfield Small businesses who wish to apply for outdoor equipment may do so starting Monday, August 29th, 2022 until Friday, September 30th,2022. Grants will be issued prior to the closeout date to eligible applicants. Do not delay in submitting your grant request. The Town will make every effort to fill eligible applicants’ requests; however, funding is limited to the award amount.


Businesses applying for the program must meet the following requirements for eligibility:
  • the applicant is currently a Smithfield-based licensed business in good standing;
  • the applicant has less than $1 million in gross annual revenue in either 2020 or 2021;
  • the business attests that it has been negatively impacted by the COVID19 Pandemic in at least one manner described below:
  • being forced to close or curtail business operations due to the pandemic or a government order pertaining to the pandemic;
  • experiencing a supply chain delay or disruption that negatively impacted operations;
  • experiencing increased cost as a result of the pandemic; and/or
  • being forced to lay off workers as a result of the pandemic
  • The applicant has not received funding from any other source for the goods and/or services for which it seeks support that does not need to be repaid (i.e. other grant funding, gifts, insurance payments, etc.); and
  • The applicant is not disbarred in the federal System of Account Management (“SAM”).
  • The applicant has not received support, funding, goods and/or services in an amount exceeding $10,000 for the total RI Rebounds Take It Outside Program;
  • By receiving equipment from the Town of Smithfield, the applicant has not received more than $20,000 in support between the RI Rebounds Take it Outside Program, RI Small Business Grant Program, and the forthcoming RI Small Business Technical Assistance and RI Small Business Ventilation Programs.