Rhode Island Rebounds Ventilation Program

The City of East Providence has rolled out the Rhode Island Rebounds Ventilation Program.

The program is a statewide effort to improve indoor air quality in an effort to reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19 and support small businesses' recovery. East Providence is one of several intermediaries executing the program.

How does the program works?

Small business owners or authorized representatives will apply online to a selected intermediary. The online application will include information about their small business. After submitting their application, the applicant will be asked to submit follow up documentation to their intermediary.

For completed projects seeking reimbursement – paid invoice or receipt

Only projects or purchases completed after March 3, 2021 are eligible for reimbursement through this program.

For proposed projects seeking approval for future reimbursement – quote, invoice, or purchase order

Intermediaries will review and approve applications. If approved, the small business owner will provide paid invoices or receipts clearly documenting completed work for review and reimbursement.

Program Intermediaries:

City of East Providence

City of Pawtucket

Federal Hill Commerce Association

Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce

North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce

Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce

Rhode Island Hospitality Association

Rhode Island Small Business Coalition

RISE Engineering

Apply Online - English

Apply Online - Spanish

Program Eligibility Requirements:

  • have less than $1 million in annual gross revenues
  • not be disbarred in the federal System of Account Management (SAM)
  • not be permanently closed
  • have been open and operating prior to October 1, 2021
  • not be a nationally or regionally owned franchise
  • be a Rhode Island business or nonprofit
  • demonstrate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Eligible Projects or Purchases:

  • Purchasing and installing a higher-grade filter within an existing air-handling unit
  • Central HVAC installation, repair, or balancing
  • HVAC UVGI system installation
  • Adding a portable fan filter unit (PFFU)
  • Adding an indoor air purifier
  • Adding a window or windows to a small business
  • Adding a ceiling fan, exhaust fan, or box fan to help distribute air
  • Receipt of an indoor airflow and quality assessment

Program Funding Caps:

  • Small businesses are eligible to receive up to $10,000 in reimbursement from the RI Rebounds Ventilation Program
  • Small businesses may only receive $10,000 in total across the RI Rebounds Ventilation Program and the RI Rebounds Take It Outside Program
  • Small businesses may only receive $20,000 in total across the following RI Rebounds programs (Ventilation, Take It Outside, Technical Assistance, and Small Business Direct Grant)

For more information on the funding caps, please refer to the FAQ.

When prompted, "Which intermediary would you like to work with?"  Please choose East Providence to work Victor Regino with the East Providence Planning & Economic Development Dept. 
Small Business Development

401-435-7500 Ext: 11155 /  Vregino@eastprovidenceri.gov