Block Island Times

Raimondo announces $20M hotel, arts, and tourism relief program

Gov. Gina Raimondo announced on Thursday, Oct. 29 a new $20 million relief program targeted specifically to the hotel, arts and tourism industries (“HArT”). The two-part program will provide direct support grants, as well as placemaking activity grants to eligible businesses. The competitive grant program aims to prevent the long-term closure of arts, culture, hospitality and tourism businesses and institutions, while also building resiliency, workforce support, and community engagement.
“Rhode Island’s hospitality, tourism, and arts industries have made great sacrifices to ensure the safety of their customers and staff, and we need to do everything we can to help them through this pandemic,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “The HArT Relief Program will not only help these businesses stay open, but also to find innovative ways to adapt to this crisis.”
Of the $20 million grant allocation, $10 million will support engagement, service, and resiliency activities (“ESR Funds”). ESR funds are designed to spur economic activity, create safe convening opportunities, and allow increased and accessible artistic and tourist-friendly opportunities. Some examples of ESR activities could include: hosting COVID-appropriate events or activities, providing hotel vouchers and or discounts to those wishing to work or learn remotely, hosting safe meetings;

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