City Hall will be closed on the last business day of the week, which will primarily fall on a Friday. In accordance with the Governor’s Pause, City Hall will be closed to the public from November 30th to December 13th. We continue to encourage the community to safely and securely use the online and mail services that are available on the Pawtucket website. Residents and businesses can still contact City Hall Departments during hours of operation by calling City Hall and its employees, who will continue to work in the building, at 401-728-0500. A drop box is also available outside of City Hall.

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Restore RI Grant Program:

An initial $50 million will be made available through this program, with 20 percent of funds reserved for minority-owned businesses. Grants will be available for up to $15,000 for eligible RI businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Pawtucket Foundation Outdoor Seating & Dining Program: Guidelines and Application Form

Required Documentation with Applications:

  • Verification of COVID impacts and revenue loss
  • Documentation of reopening-related expenditures
  • Verification of number of employees
  • Viability test which may include a plan to demonstrate how the business is adapting to the new normal
  • Additional required information, such as verification of the number of employees, a federal DUNS number, and W9
Inicialmente $50M estarán disponibles a través de este programa con un 20% de los fondos reservados para empresas propiedad de minorías. Las subvenciones estarán disponibles por hasta $15,000 para las empresas elegibles de RI afectadas por COVID-19.
Na inicio $50 milioes ta bem sta disponivel atraves di esse program, ku 20% di fundos reservado pa negocios ki ta pertence a alguem di minoria racial. Ajuda financera ta bem sta disponivel ate 15,000 dolar pa negocios di RI ki foi impactado pa




 LISC Small Business Grant Funding:









Guidance on Re-Opening for Small Businesses:

Licensing on Outdoor Seating for Restaurants:

City announces New Loan Pogram for Small Businesses impacted by COVID-19 Outbreak

La ciudad anuncia un nuevo programa de préstamos para pequeñas empresas afectadas por el brote de COVID-19

For questions regarding how the City may assist your business during the COVID 19 Emergency please contact us at or please call us at 728-0500 ext. 451.

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, please see different opportunities for small business loans and grants.


Pawtucket Business Development Corporation (PBDC) COVID-19 Emergency Loans: Form here.

LISC Small Business Relief Grants:

Save Small Business Fund Grant Program:

Commerce RI/Small Business Administration(SBA): 

Mainvest (Potential for $2,000, 0% interest loan partnered with community investment):

Facebook Small Business Grants (Coming Soon):

LISC/Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund (Up to $10,000 in grant funds):  

James Beard Foundation (Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund):

The Champlin Foundation:


Nonprofits & The Arts Grants/Information: 


United Way/RI Foundation for Nonprofits (those serving vulnerable populations):

En Espanol:


Creative Capital Grants:


Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) (Information and Financial Resources):


National Endowment for the Arts:


Craft Emergency Relief Fund:


Theatre Community Benevolent Fund:

New England Grassroots Environmental Fund:

Local bank and Lending Information: PDF Here


Information & Resources:

Gift it Forward/RI Small Business Resources (small business registration, nominations, and corporate giving):  


Rhode Island Division of Taxation:; Phone Number 401-574-8484


Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training: ; Phone Number: 401-462-2020

RHode Island's Sick and Safe Leave Information: ENGLISH | SPANISH

Do I qualify for Paid "Sick and Safe Leave"? ENGLISH | SPANISH


U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Resources:


Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce: ; Phone Number: 401-334-1000

RI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce:

Rhode Island Center for Women and Enterprise: ; Phone Number: 401-277-0800


Rhode Island Black Business Association: ; Phone Number: 401- 383-1179


Progreso Latino (free consulting for minority owned businesses): ; Phone number: 401-256-7925


Polaris MEP (resources for manufacturers): ; Phone Number 401-270-8896

Support Rhode Island Restaurants Facebook Page: Support RI Restaurants 


Restaurant Dining Bonds Program:  Registration Site:   


Internal Revenue Service (IRS):The Treasury Department and IRS have announced a three-month delay for any tax payments owed up to $1 million. You’ll still need to file your returns by April 15, 2020 but will have until July 15 to pay. This will apply to individual tax returns but should also cover many pass-through entities and small businesses. ; Phone Number: 1-800-829-1040

Main Street America:

Rhode Island superior court Business Protection Program: Court

Kabbage (Gift Certificates to support Small Business):

Free Online Software Tools

Microsoft Office 365: (Microsoft Office tools for 6 months)

Google Hangouts Free Video Conferencing:

Cisco Free WebEx Video Conferencing:



Dear Business Professional:

Thank you for considering the City of Pawtucket, birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. Whether you are the owner of an existing Pawtucket business looking to expand, someone who is looking to locate or relocate your business in our city, or thinking of holding an event here, we want to be a partner in your success. It is our goal to provide you with customized service of the highest quality. The City of Pawtucket is committed to promoting smart, responsible growth within our city that respects our rich history of economic innovation, cultural diversity, and the unique character of our community. 

We are truly here to help you however we can. Our team is always just a phone call, email, or text message away. Pawtucket is home to a vibrant business community which also takes an active role throughout our community, whether by individual initiatives or through public-private partnerships we enjoy such as with the Pawtucket Foundation. These leaders, from hundreds of diversified industries, possess a wealth of knowledge and a keen willingness to help other private sector ventures succeed. 

We have created this page to provide quick, convenient access to the numerous City resources you may need. From the permitting process to bidding on City projects, from licensing to tax incentives and a host of other ways we can help, this webpage is your one-stop shop for doing business in Pawtucket. We are continually looking for ways to improve our services, so if you have any suggestions please reach out and share them with us.

Thank you again for considering Pawtucket. We look forward to working with you.

Shop Local -- Celebrating Pawtucket’s Small Businesses on Saturday

  • November 27, 2020
  • Press Release

Pawtucket – Tomorrow, the nation celebrates its small businesses on the 11th annual Small Business Saturday, held on November 28, 2020, Thanksgiving weekend. According to American Express, last year...  Read More >

City Speak
"The birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, Pawtucket is poised to undergo a 21st century evolution into Rhode Island's premier arts and cultural destination, an ideal community to live, work, play, start a business and raise a family."

- Mayor Donald R. Grebien

New Event

Voter-Approved Citywide Paving Continues

  • May 29, 2020
  • Event

PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald R. Grebien, the Pawtucket City Council, and the Department of Public works have announced the citywide repaving of streets and roads.“Quality of life for our residents is of...  Read More >