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If your business needs a $15,000 coronavirus grant, here’s what you should know

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to Rhode Map, your daily guide to everything happening in the Ocean State. I’m Dan McGowan and I really need a vacation to prepare for fantasy football season. Follow me on Twitter @DanMcGowan or send tips to Dan.McGowan@globe.com.

ICYMI: Rhode Island was up to 19,246 confirmed coronavirus cases on Tuesday, after adding 184 new cases since Friday. The most recent test-positive rate was 2.1 percent. The state announced three more deaths, bringing the total to 1,010. There were 80 people in the hospital, 14 in intensive care, and five were on ventilators.


It took a while, but small businesses in Rhode Island that have been hurt by the coronavirus can finally begin applying for $15,000 grants from the state.

Commerce R.I. posted the application for its Restore Rhode Island program last night, and the first round of the $50 million program will consider up to 1,500 requests on a first come, first served basis. A second round of applications will be accepted later this summer.

The application process appears to be pretty straightforward, but if you’re looking for a grant, here are some key things to know.


Most importantly, your business has to have opened before Jan. 1, 2020, and you have to either have already reopened or have a plan to reopen within 60 days. You cannot have filed for bankruptcy in the last three years and your business cannot have any federal, state, or local tax liens. If your business is part of a severely-impacted industry (think retail and hospitality) you have to have seen at least a 30 percent loss in revenue. Other businesses must show at least a 50 percent loss in revenue.



The grants of up to $15,000 can be used for rent or mortgage payments, utilities, technology upgrades, physical adaption changes (think plexiglass installations), supplies (think cleaning products and PPE), professional services (think construction), inventory (like food at a restaurant), and other coronavirus-related fixed expenses. You can’t use the money to pay workers, taxes, or non-business expenses. Also, don’t donate the money to politicians (seriously).

When the money will come in

Commerce R.I. projects that the grants will be provided around 30 days after applications are completed.


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