• New! Take It Outside Grant Program


The Town of Barrington is making certain items available free of charge to businesses and other eligible entities through the Take It Outside Initiative to be utilized in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency to help sustain operations. Grant funds awarded by RI Commerce to the Town will allow the Town to acquire outdoor heaters, outdoor lighting, and other eligible items associated with utilizing outdoor spaces to provide additional seating, serving, sales and gathering areas. In order to begin the grant process, carefully read the program overview.

[Last Updated: 10/16/2020 at 4:10 p.m.]

Get the latest local and state information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Business Assistance: Scroll down for information on the new MicroEnterprise Stabilization Grant Program.


WHEREAS, the Town of Barrington Town Council declared a state of emergency through an emergency ordinance enacted on March 14, 2020, to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the Town Council delegated emergency authority to the Town Manager to take measures he deems necessary in order to protect public health and safety in response to the pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the emergency power delegated, and state of emergency declared by the Town Council, has been continued in effect inclusive of the current date;

NOW THEREFORE, the following emergency measures are hereby enacted:

  1. This Executive Order supersedes Executive Order 2020-09.

  2. For the protection of the community, a face mask or cloth face shield is required except for children under two (2) years of age and persons with physical or developmental disabilities that prevent wearing of face coverings. The required face coverings need not be medical-grade masks or N95 respirators, but rather, fabric coverings, such as scarves and bandanas.Masks are NOT required in vehicles, while exercising or in private residences.

  3. Social gatherings, indoors and outdoors, are limited to groups of no more than fifteen (15).

  4. Organized youth and adult sports are restricted to stable groups.Physical distancing of six (6) feet is encouraged, but not required while engaged in active play.Games between stable groups for non-contact or low-contact groups may resume.Games for close-contact sports (lacrosse, football, soccer, basketball) are prohibited.Teams should focus on skill development, practice, and drills.Coaches, volunteers, spectators, and players not actively engaged in play should wear face masks and maintain a six (6) foot physical distance from others in attendance.

  5. Indoor places of public interaction (retail, office and close-contact businesses, restaurants, gyms and houses of worship) are limited to 66% capacity or one (1) person per one hundred (100) square feet with six (6) foot spacing to a cap of one-hundred and twenty-five (125) people.

  6. Outdoor places of public interaction (fairs, festivals, concerts) are limited to 66% capacity or one (1) person per one hundred (100) square feet with six (6) foot spacing to a cap of two-hundred and fifty (250) people.

  7. All businesses must follow additional restrictions outlined in the RI Department of Business Regulation website (https://dbr.ri.gov/) and applicable guidelines promulgated by the RI Department of Business Regulation, available at https://www.reopeningri.com/.

  8. All businesses shall post a copy of this notice at the entrance to the premises, as directed by the Town Manager.

  9. To the extent that any provision in this order is inconsistent with any executive order issued by the Governor of Rhode Island for dealing with COVID-19, the executive order of the Governor shall supersede this order and govern in its stead.

  10. Any violation of any provision of this executive order can lead to a Municipal Court citation that is punishable by a fine up to five hundred dollars ($500). The Barrington Police Department shall have the authority to enforce this executive order.

  11. This executive order shall remain in effect until October 6, 2020, unless terminated prior to that date by a subsequent order.This executive order may be further extended if necessary, by a subsequent executive order.


MicroEnterprise Stabilization Grant Program for Small Businesses Adversely Impacted by COVID-19


Contact: Debra Page-Trim, Economic Development Officer and Spencer Trust Administrator

Phone: (401) 247-1900 x365

Email: dpagetrim@barrington.ri.gov

Download MicroE Contract with State

The Town of Barrington has joined other Rhode Island communities in launching a Microenterprise (MicroE) Stabilization Grant Program offering working capital grants to qualifying small business microenterprises adversely impacted by COVID-19.


Grants totaling up to $5,000 are available to each approved applicant in a single lump-sum payment. Barrington has access to a total of $50,000 for MicroE grants. No Town funds are involved. All of the funding is from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program made available through the Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development.


“We recognize that small businesses in Barrington are suffering from the COVID-19 restrictions” said Town Manager, Jim Cunha.  “We hope that the Microenterprise Stabilization Grant (MicroE) Program can bring some relief to our business community.  We should all remember to shop Barrington!”

Applications are being accepted now. As funding is limited, priority will be given to those qualifying microenterprises with the greatest number of employees and who have been in operation the longest.  


For the purposes of the grant program, a microenterprise is a commercial enterprise that has five (5) or fewer employees, one or more of whom owns the enterprise.  The microenterprise owner’s gross annual family income may not exceed the applicable threshold, based on family size and city/town where you live (not where your business is located). The business must be physically located in Barrington.

Funds may be used for working capital to cover business costs, such as rent, staffing, and utilities.  MicroE funds may not be used for major equipment purchases, purchase of real property, construction activities, business expansion, or lobbying.

The first step is to contact the Town of Barrington’s Economic Development Officer at 247-1900 x365 (or dpagetrim@barrington.ri.gov) to discuss whether your business might qualify for assistance. Potential applicants then will need to complete a phone interview with Town staff to determine program eligibility.

[Note - the process has been revised (as of 4/30/20) as described below:]

Applicants that have successfully completed the phone screening will be notified by the Town by email of the completion of this step. Upon completion of the phone screening, the Town will refer each applicant to LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Rhode Island for processing. While funding is available, grants will be awarded to applicants on a first-come, first-served basis in the order they are referred by the Town to LISC, subject to processing by LISC.


The Town will notify applicants as to the status of their applications at LISC – whether tentative approval has been granted; more information is needed; or the applicant has been determined to be ineligible  Applicants that receive tentative approval from LISC will need to enter into a business-municipality contract to receive the grant. Successful applicants will be required to submit quarterly reports for one year.

Program Documentation for Interested Applicants:

  1. Program Flyer Checklist Certification - Description, Eligibility Criteria, etc. (updated June 25)

  2. Application Form (updated June 25)

  3. Application Checklist (updated June 25)

  4. Conflict of Interest Disclosure

  5. Certification Form and Public Record Notification

  6. Family Income Self-Certification Form

  7. Consent and Release Form - Nonpublic Personal Information

  8. Eligibility Information Sheet and FAQs (updated June 25)

  9. Program Update Report (updated June 25)


Town of Barrington

283 County Road

Barrington, RI 02806-2406

Town Hall Hours:

8:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Monday

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday

8:30 a.m.-NOON Friday

Phone: (401) 247-1900

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