With more than $3,609.00 million dollars in grants and additional local government funding sources of $2,310.00 million dollars, the majority of the federal budget in government grants is put into the business sector every year as small businesses and large corporations are the foundation of the economic growth in Rhode Island. There are 24,845 business establishments in the state of Rhode Island, and they break down to the following:

Rhode Island Business Sector Breakdown by Size:

  • 14,447 registered businesses in Rhode Island have 0 to 4 employees. People who work at home with sole proprietorship are included in this breakdown.
  • 3,931 registered businesses in Rhode Island have 5 to 9 employees.
  • 2,768 registered businesses in Rhode Island have 10-19 employees.
  • 2,083 registered businesses in Rhode Island have 20-99 employees.
  • 608 registered businesses in Rhode Island have 100 to 499 employees.
  • Over 1,008 registered businesses in Rhode Island have over 500 employees.

Rhode Island Business Sector Breakdown in Service Industries:

  • 3,056 registered businesses in Rhode Island are in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector.
  • 1,747 registered businesses in Rhode Island are in the Administrative, Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services sector.
  • 2,961 registered businesses in Rhode Island are in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.
  • More than 2,916 registered businesses in Rhode Island are also service orientated businesses but are not categorized to the above sectors.

If you are in the farming industry, you may be eligible to apply for small business grants as well. There are more than 1,000 farms in the state of Rhode Island.

Starting and managing a small business in Rhode Island is not an easy task. Over $16,775,718,000.00 US dollars are paid to employee salaries/payroll alone in the state of Rhode Island and more than 5,360 businesses declare bankruptcy every single year. Although the federal government does not publically provide grants for starting and expanding a business, in Rhode Island, some small business grants are given to business owners to start and grow their ventures, and grant recipients do not have to pay back the funding from government. Therefore, it makes sense to look into small business grants as one of your sources to fund your business.

To apply for business grants in Rhode Island, contact Rhode Island financial aid agencies, or

Access Applicant Portal

Current online applicants in Rhode Island are browsing from the following cities: North Kingstown, Manville, Bradford, Charlestown, Greene, Jamestown, Carolina, Warwick, West Warwick, Mapleville

Recent State Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of opportunities recently published in the local state:

Funding Opportunity
2023 Request for Applications for Rhode Island Decentralized Wastewater Improvement Grant (apply)

Funding Number: EPA I R1 SNEP 2023A
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Category: Environment, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)
Funding Amount: $465,000
Award Competition for Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers in the States of Kentucky, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and South Dakota (apply)

Funding Number: 2022 NIST MEP 01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Category: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Amount: Case Dependent
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2021 – Rhode Island (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS RI CIG 21 NOFO0001075
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $150,000
NRCS’ Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2020 – Rhode Island (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS RI CIG 20 GEN0010772
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $150,000
Announcement for Program Funding for NRCS’ Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2019 – Rhode Island (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS RI CIG 19 GEN0010118
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources, Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Amount: $75,000
Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee - The City of Woonsocket, Rhode Island (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2019 ACF OHS CH R01 1409
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $1,896,193
Rhode Island Statewide Conservation People’s Garden Project (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS RI CTA 18 003
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $25,000
Announcement for Program Funding for NRCS’ Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2018 – Rhode Island (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS RI CIG 18 001
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $75,000
Rhode Island Conservation Innovation Grants (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS RI CIG 16 01
Agency: USDA-NRCS
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $75,000

 

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