Back to Business Grant

Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee is launching a new “Back to Business” grant program that would benefit Rhode Island (RI) employers recovering from job losses during the pandemic.

The program is designed to help businesses provide recruitment and incentive packages to get RI’ers back to work while ensuring employers have the talent needed to remain competitive.

The program offers a maximum of up to $5,000 per employer grants to RI business facing “an ongoing labor shortage causing business interruption.”

How can the Grant be used?

  • Hiring incentives (e.g. sign-on bonuses) – capped at $1,000 per employee
  • Employee “new-hire” referral incentives and
  • Recruitment activities, such as job fairs, promotional materials, recruitment assistance and ancillary support.

Application Period

November 4, 2021 at 9:00 am until and November 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm. 


  • Employer must have fewer than 200 employees
  • Employer is located in RI
  • RI business suffered job losses during the pandemic, and has an ongoing labor shortage causing business interruption. 

Priority will be given to those that haven’t received similar federal initiatives and who have fewer than 50 employees.

The application and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at Back to Business (

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