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Coronavirus Updates

RESTORE RI Grant Program

For full details AND application materials visit here or for any additional questions about the Restore RI program or application, please contact the RI Commerce Small Business Hotline at (401) 521-HELP or email info@commerceri.com.


Restore RI from Rhode Island Commerce is targeted at small businesses that have been most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide eligible businesses with grants of up to $15,000. Businesses with more than one employee (in addition to the owner) but not more than 20 are eligible for this program. Sole proprietors with at least one employee are also eligible to apply. Note: restaurants and caterers are not subject to the employee cap for purposes of qualification.


To be eligible for a Restore RI grant, a business must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Operates primarily in an eligible industry;
  • Experienced a revenue loss due to COVID-19 equal to or greater than: (1) 30% if the business is in a severely-impacted industry (defined as retail trades; scenic & sightseeing transportation; arts, entertainment, and recreation; accommodation and food services; and personal care services); or (2) 50% if the business is in a non-severely impacted industry;
  • Has a physical presence in RI.
  • Has at least one employee for which direct payroll taxes are paid, in addition to the owner;
  • Has a DUNS number;
  • Not a non-profit or tax-exempt organization;
  • Has not declared bankruptcy within the past three years;
  • Does not have any federal, state or local tax liens;
  • Had been in operation prior to or on January 1, 2020;
  • Currently open or has a plan to reopen in the next 60 days*; and
  • For a business that is part of a regional or national franchise with locations outside of Rhode Island, if any of the following apply, the business is not eligible: (1) the applicant is owned in whole or in part by the franchisor or an affiliated entity of the franchisor, (2) the applicant or the entity that owns the applicant is headquartered in another state, or (3) the majority ownership of the applicant is held by a resident of another state and the applicant’s state of organization is other than Rhode Island.

Limit on multi-location applicants:  Businesses with shared ownership can receive grants for up to three businesses they own and operate in the state of Rhode Island.

*Businesses that have not yet reopened may receive up to $1,000 prior to reopening.


Applications will be available on Monday, August 3, 2020. To receive updates on the Restore RI program, please sign up using the form at the bottom of RI Commerce’s page here.

Completed applications will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be time-stamped upon receipt.

To accommodate the high demand for the program and to provide for an effective distribution of funds throughout the state, the program may be adjusted from time to time to ensure the fair allocation of funding.  If additional program funds remain after initial application rounds, eligibility criteria and other program parameters may be adjusted.

Applications will be time-stamped when completed and will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Note:  only completed applications will be reviewed.

Poll Workers Needed

All RI communities need poll workers for September 8th and November 3rd. Click here for more information and to sign up to help!

Yard Waste – Biweekly

Yard waste collection during the summer months will resume on a bi-weekly basis starting on July 20, 2020.

The following weeks are yard waste pick up weeks:

  • August 3, 2020
  • August 17, 2020
  • August 31, 2020
  • September 14, 2020
Bulky Item Pickup – Update

In  the Town of Cumberland, bulky item pickup is going from every other Saturday to an every Tuesday pick up.  Residents are still required to call the Cumberland Trash and Recycling Department at 401-728-2400 x155 to schedule their pickup. All scheduling needs to be completed by noon on the Thursday prior to the pickup. The schedule can be found here.

Thank you.

Marriage License – Schedule an Appointment

If you are coming in to Town Hall for a marriage license please make an appointment with Liz Daniel at 401-728-2400 x 137 in order for her to most efficiently help everyone.

Thank you.

Small Business Grants

The Town of Cumberland is offering $5,000 grants to small businesses adversely affected by COVID-19. The grant program has been updated to include businesses with one owner/employee only, that received EIDL and/or PPP funds, or that opened in 2019. For more information, please visit https://www.cumberlandri.org/covid-19-microenterprise-stabilization-grant-microe-program-3/

Town Hall Opening to the Public at Limited Capacity

Town Hall is open to the public from 9 am – 12 pm and 1 – 2:30 pm.

Access to Town Hall will be through the ramp entrance on the side of the building. We ask residents to wear a mask/face covering when coming to Town Hall and you will be required to sign in upon entry. Once signed in, you will go to the department you wish to see.

Departments will be limited to one visitor at a time, other than in the vault where two (2) people will be allowed in.

Message to the Town of Cumberland

Upon the advice of Governor Gina Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Health, I have determined that extraordinary measures must be taken to reduce the spread of the Covid-19.

At this time, Town Hall is opened to the public with hours limited to 9 to 12 and 1 – 2:30 M-F. Anyone entering the building will be asked to sign in and wear a mask/face-covering. A drop box located at the ADA ramp entrance on the side of Town Hall is available to accept payments and to process requests for information.

As we slowly reopen our community, restrictions remain in place to protect everyone’s health and safety. The use of athletic fields must be reserved with our Director of Parks and Recreation. Tennis and track facilities are open again. The Public Library is offering contactless pickup for preordered materials, patrons will also be able to make 1-hour appointments to use a computer, get 1-on-1 reference/readers advisory assistance with a staff member, for copying/scanning/faxing materials.

Our school department is planning for the opening of schools this fall. While the learning experience may be different, we look forward to our students returning to their studies.

Once again, we can enjoy dining out as our eating establishments are able to serve customers both indoors and outdoors while following social distancing guidelines.

And there are still great things happening in Cumberland – a new playground at the Monastery will soon open. Planning for Diamond Hill improvements are moving forward with permits submitted to RIDEM. Athletic Fields are being improved for the fall season. Issues surrounding traffic control are being addressed. Our community has come together to support one another.

If there is anything our office can do to be of service to you, please contact my Community Outreach Coordinator, Sarah King at 401-728-2400 x132.

We appreciate your patience during this challenging time. I firmly believe that we are better together. Our collective strengths as individuals and as a town will see us through this crisis.

Be well.

Thank you,
Jeffrey Mutter

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