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City Offering Grant Program for MicroEnterprises

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

NEWPORT, R.I. (Friday, May 22, 2020) – The City of Newport 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. Newport  has access to a total of $50,000 for MicroE grants. No City funds are involved.


Aquidneck Island Communities Launch Joint Recovery Effort

Aquidneck Island Economic Recovery Partnership aims to align local business response
NEWPORT, R.I. (Wednesday, May 13, 2020) – Aquidneck Island’s three municipalities are banding together to help the island’s economy recover from the COVID-19 outbreak.
The City of Newport and the Towns of Middletown and Portsmouth have announced a joint effort to help businesses re-open and job seekers get back to work as quickly and as seamlessly as possible.

City Delays Start of Paid Parking Season

Parking will remain free until June 1st

NEWPORT, R.I. (Wednesday, April 29, 2020) – It will be free to park at metered spaces and municipal parking lots throughout the City for the entire month of May.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the City announced on Tuesday that the start of the Newport’s annual Parking Meter program is being delayed until June 1, 2020. The start of the Residential Parking Program, which normally runs from May 1st through October 1st, is also being delayed until June 1st.

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  Calendar of Events

Probate Court

Probate Court meets two times per month at 10:30 a.m., in the Second Floor City Council Chambers at Newport City Hall. Click here for a full schedule.

For advertising deadlines, please contact Carlos Alaan at 845-5349 or

Planning Board Meeting

The Planning Board is the steward for the City's Comprehensive Plan, which sets the long-term goal for the City and is a key measure by which large development projects and zoning relief are evaluated. ​Read the agenda

Canvassing Authority Meeting

The Newport Canvassing Authority is charged with conducting all elections for the City of Newport.

Under the direction of the State Board of Elections, and in cooperation with the Secretary of State, the Canvassing Authority is involved in all phases of the electoral process, from voter registration to tallying the votes after the polls close on election day.

Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission

The Newport Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission is dedicated to the preservation of the City's historic burying grounds. Read the Agenda

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