2019 State Bond Projects

Learn about 2019 State Bond Projects for Rhode Island Investor Relations, including Clean Water and Drinking Water, Clean Water State Revolving Fund, and Coastal Resiliency and Public Access Projects.

Clean Water and Drinking Water

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) is a subsidized loan program for local governmental units (LGU), including municipalities, quasi-public agencies, community public water systems, nonprofit noncommunity public water systems, and privately organized water suppliers to complete drinking water infrastructure projects.

Clean Water State Revolving Fund

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) is a subsidized loan program for local governmental units (LGU), including municipalities and quasi-public agencies, to finance wastewater infrastructure and other clean water projects.

Coastal Resiliency and Public Access Projects

This project supports efforts to reduce or eliminate flooding risk in coastal and inland areas and to promote green infrastructure and climate resilience. Work to be funded through this grant program, which provides up to 75 percent of project costs, would improve access and public safety in the face of increased flooding, major storm events and environmental degradation.

Dam Safety

These funds will be used for the remediation of seven high hazard unsafe or potentially unsafe state-owned dams at various recreational and management areas. The repairs safeguard the public health and safety as well as the state’s economy and support proper operation to manage water levels at recreation and management areas.

Dredging – Downtown Providence

Dredging is scheduled in the vicinity of downtown Providence and Waterplace Park for purposes of economic development, infrastructure maintenance, enhanced tourism opportunities, and improved water depths for boating, recreation, and climate resiliency.

Engineering-Building Renovation

The Engineering Building Renovations will conclude a comprehensive program to renovate and build additions to the existing College of Engineering. The project includes the replacement of antiquated academic buildings. The new construction will provide specialty lab space and new teaching spaces to serve the needs of the college’s 21st century engineering program.

Historic Preservation Grants

The State Preservation Grants Program, which provides funds for cities, towns, and non-profit organizations to preserve and improve public and nonprofit historic sites, museums, and cultural art centers located in historic structures. State Preservation Grants are awarded through a competitive application process to eligible non-profit organizations and municipal or state agencies, for historic buildings that are open to the public and operated as museums, cultural art centers, or public historic sites.

Historic State Park Development Program

These funds will be used toward capital improvement projects to the State parks system, matching with other available sources including RICAP, the National Park Serv ice’s Land and Water Conservation Fund, funding from RI HPHC and other potential funding sources.

Innovation Centers

The Innovation Campus bond resources will provide important funding projects that will increase Rhode Island’s ability to utilize its universities for economic growth and development. It is anticipated the funds will unlock a new set of activities in Rhode Island that have not occurred in the past, in several industry areas. It will enable our universities, companies and startup businesses to grow and create jobs in Rhode Island.

Local Recreation Development Grants

This Program provides grant funds to municipalities in support of acquisition and development of outdoor recreation land and facilities. The grants provide up to 50 percent of the eligible project costs for acquisition, and up to 80 percent of project costs for development. Grant applications are submitted to DEM and scored according to program guidelines adopted by State Planning Council and approved by the National Park Service. The RI Recreation Resources Review Committee reviews and scores applications.

Mass Transit Hub Infrastructure

Rhode Island is making a concerted effort to strengthen its economy, support its most vulnerable citizens, and expand its middle class through smart investments in transit services and facilities that will improve access to major employment and service centers statewide as well as those in nearby Boston and New York City. This project would improve transit capacity, connections, and viability and potentially expand accessibility and service.

URI Narragansett Bay Campus – Engineering Facilities

This project includes major renovations or replacement of existing facilities due to age, code conformity, life-cycle status, and ability to meet current or future programmatic requirements. Site work and utility upgrades are also identified to meet contemporary ecological and environmental requirements.


The project is currently pursuing a business strategy to acquire and develop additional parcels to expand ProvPort operations to accommodate significant demand resulting from recently announced major offshore wind projects in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Quonset Point/Davisville Pier

This project will re-configure the Port for additional growth and provide more berthing capacity. The Quonset Development Corporation is executing a plan to expand and modernize the Quonset Pier by; building an east extension; construction of a new sea wall on the eastern side; construction of a new sea wall on the southern side; construction of a limited seawall on the northern side; and construction of a pier extension on the northern side increasing the length of the eastern side creating an additional 200 feet for berthing.

Rhode Island School Buildings

This project is specific to school capital improvement.  The 2017 State of Rhode Island Schoolhouses Report, a comprehensive condition analysis of all public-school facilities detailing $2.2 billion worth of deficiencies, $628 million of which is related to safety hazards, code violations, and/or severe damage.

Roger Williams Park and Zoo

This project funds the ongoing renovations and improvements to Roger Williams Park and Zoo in the City of Providence. The project costs are significantly offset by private donations which the Zoo has facilitated.

State Bikeway Development

These funds will be used to design and construct bike paths, including continued work on the Blackstone River Bikeway and the new portion of the South County Bikeway. DEM will continue to consider projects which are consistent with the State’s Bicycle Mobility Plan (BMP) and will work with partners and communities to develop a coordinated bicycle transportation and recreation network.

Wastewater Treatment Facility Resilience Improvements

This Project provides grant funds for wastewater treatment facility resiliency improvements to facilities which are vulnerable to increased flooding, major storm events, and environmental degradation.