Westerly — The Ocean Neighborhood Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a $55,000 state grant to purchase 39 tents, 105 heaters, together with chairs and tables to help out of doors eating and enterprise efforts as they take care of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was amongst $3 million in grants introduced by Gov. Gina Raimondo and Rhode Island Commerce final week as a part of the Take It Exterior initiative, which is designed to extend out of doors commerce in an effort to cut back the transmission of COVID-19.
The $55,000 in native funding will assist fund prices associated to closing Excessive Road so eating places and retailers can increase their out of doors capability for the Sunday Funday occasions.
“We noticed this grant as an thrilling and tangible method that we are able to present extra help providers to the enterprise neighborhood,” mentioned chamber President Lisa Konicki, who wrote the 21-page grant. “This 12 months, companies wanted their Chamber of Commerce to get method out forward of them, take away obstacles to their success and present them the trail ahead to outlive and thrive. I’m so delighted that we have been profitable at securing this grant and we are able to’t wait to get these a lot wanted provides out to them”.
Rhode Island Commerce is accepting functions for the second spherical of funding for the grant program which has a deadline of Oct. 8. Extra data is at www.takeitoutsideRI.com.