Find Local Grant Funding
Guide to local grant funding opportunities for your small business
The Incumbent Worker Training Grant Program is designed to help employers remain competitive and help workers maintain and advance in their careers. It provides a 50% or 75% reimbursement for eligible costs on eligible training activities. All Rhode Island employers who meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the program guide may apply.
Work Opportunities Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals
* from certain targeted groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.
Work Immersion is an internship support program available to Rhode Island employers. It provides a 50% or 75% reimbursement for wages paid to eligible participants.
* All Rhode Island employers who meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the program guide may apply.
The Workplace Accessibility Grant Program promotes employment and economic opportunity for individuals with disabilities through investment in accessible workplaces. It provides a 100% reimbursement for eligible costs up to $5,000 per calendar year. All Rhode Island employers with fewer than twenty-five (25) employees and who meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the program guide may apply.
The Innovation Voucher program unlocks R&D capacity for Rhode Island small businesses. Companies with 500 employees or less can receive up to $50,000. Rhode Island manufacturers have the option to use the Innovation Voucher to fund an internal R&D project.
On the Job Training (OJT) lets you hire and train skilled workers and get reimbursed for your efforts
* a federal program funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Expand your workforce in Rhode Island or relocate jobs from out of state, and you can receive annual, redeemable tax credits for up to 10 years with the Qualified Jobs Incentive program.
* Credits can equal up to $7,500 per job per year, depending on the wage level and other criteria.
Fill your financing gap with redeemable tax credits covering up to 20% – and, in some cases, 30% – of project costs. Commercial office, industrial, residential, mixed-use development, ground-up construction, and historic rehab can qualify. A minimum project cost of $5 million and certain square footage/project size minimums may apply.
Tax increment financing provides capital for your eligible project by rebating a portion of the new state tax revenue generated by the project. An eligible project must demonstrate need through a “financing gap.” The tax revenue rebate may not exceed 30% of total project costs or 75% of incremental revenue generated.
The RI Rebounds Energy Efficiency Program is a statewide effort to assist small businesses reduce their energy costs by implementing measures that improve energy efficiency. This initiative will support small businesses recover from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including rising energy costs experienced in 2020-2021. This program will reimburse small businesses up to $10,000 for energy efficiency measures implemented as the result of an energy efficiency audit.