Resources for RI Designers & Design Businesses During COVID-19


Resources for RI Designers & Design Businesses During COVID-19

Updates as of 6.17.20

The SBA has reopened the application portal for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for all qualifying small businesses and non-profits who have been economically impacted during COVID-19. Click here to apply.

Applications for next round Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) are open through June 30. PPP loans are accessed through a bank or lender. For those who have a PPP and need information on the forgiveness application, the SBA has a series of information sessions this week. Click here for more information.

Resources for RI Designers & Design Businesses During COVID-19

DESIGNxRI is here for the design community with resources, opportunities, relevant events and inspiration so we can all get through this together. As a creative, solution-oriented community, we will no doubt be part of helping our society deal with this challenge, and emerge with more innovation and even deeper bonds.

Updates as of 4.24.20

DESIGNxRI held the first Designer Dialogue titled COVID-19 Business Impact and Relief Opportunities with a special guest from Rhode Island Commerce. To view a copy of the presentation click here. To watch the webinar click here.

New grant opportunities are coming available everyday and we are doing our best to make sure you know about them.

Microenterprise Stabilization Grant Program is designed to assist small businesses that have been impacted and left out of federal stimulus programs to date. The program provides grants of up to $5,000 click here to read more.

LISC Small Business Relief Grants aim to support small businesses and enterprises affected, especially those in underservevd communities. Applications must be submitted by April 28th click here to read more.

AIGA has created a resource hub for job seekers, freelance designers, educators, students, business owners and more. Check it out.

The Providence Business Loan Fund (PBLF) is providing up to $1.5 million in capital to Providence based businesses impacted. These loans are zero interest for up to 12 months. Click here to read more.


Financial Resources

Department of Labor and Training

Small Business Administration

US Chamber of Commerce / Commerce RI

  • Employee Retention Tax Credit for employers who are closed, partially closed or experiencing significant revenue loss as a result of COVID-19. Employers who receive a PPP loan are not eligible for a tax credit.
  • US Chamber of Commerce created this helpful Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist.
  • Commerce RI offers a free small business helpline at 401-521-HELP or you can contact them at
  • Commerce RI has also created this helpful COVID-19 Resources FAQ.

Other Local Sources


Job Boards

Free Digital Tools including Video Conferencing for RI Businesses and designers

  • Microsoft has agreed to provide their Office 365 E1 program for free for six months to all RI employers. Click here to learn more.
  • Cisco is offering free WebEx video conferencing and a remote-work adoption toolkit to help guide businesses in their transition to working at home.
  • Google is offering free access to their Hangouts Meet, another video conferencing system, for all of their GSuite and GSuite education customers.
  • Schools and school districts can contact Zoom and the company will lift their 40-minute meeting limit on their free basic accounts.
  • Adobe is offering students free “at-home” access to Creative Cloud access while campuses are closed.
  • Adobe is also offering free 90-day access to Adobe Connect, their web-conferencing solution, until July 1, 2020
  • Tune into Adobe’s Creative Summit on March 31, which will now be online and free.
  • AIGA members at the Sustaining level will receive 40% off an annual premium subscription to Skillshare. New AIGA members, at any level, receive 2 months free.

Remote Working Resources

Resources by Industry:

  • Rhode Island Manufacturers Association has resource links on their website.
  • American Architects Association has resources on this dedicated page.
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) has provided resources for teaching graphic designers on their website.
  • AIGA also posted this huge list of what we as a community can do to help each other and ourselves!
  • American Society of Interior Design (ASID) has a letter from the CEO here that provides an update.
  • American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA) has provided an update from their CEO here.