The Pandemic Recovery Office is Rhode Island’s central office for policy coordination and compliance for federal COVID-19-related stimulus funds.
This webpage provides information about the federal funding sources available for the State’s COVID-19 response efforts. Additionally, it provides state agencies with policies, protocols and guidance pertaining to the disbursement and use of stimulus funds.
There are three main sources of federal funding for Rhode Island’s pandemic response:
Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the State received $1.25 billion through the Coronavirus Relief Fund. The State can use these funds for necessary expenses related to the pandemic that were incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020 and were not accounted for in the state budget as of March 27, 2020 (the date the CARES Act passed). For more information on the CARES Act, click here.
The State is also eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding for certain expenses incurred because of the public health emergency. For more information on what types of costs are eligible for FEMA funding, click here.
Also, the State is receiving at least $300 million in additional federal funding that is allocated to various state agencies to provide grants and fund initiatives during this pandemic. An overview of federal COVID-19 funding can be found at the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee website.
The Pandemic Recovery Office has created a COVID-19 Transparency Portal that contains information about how state agencies are using federal funds to protect the health and welfare of Rhode Islanders. The website is updated once a month with the latest spending data.