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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in Northampton
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ARPA Community Recovery Projects
A list of grant recipients can be found here.
Mayor Sciarra Announces Awards for $4 Million ARPA
Community Recovery Grants (PDF)
Empty headingThe application period for ARPA Community Recovery Projects is now closed.
Empty headiUPDATE: The official announcement for awards will be made at the February 16th City Council meeting.
Please find details and the link to join the meeting in the agenda posted HERE.
This funding is not intended for individual or household financial assistance. If you or your family need financial or other support, please refer to this list of local resources: Resources (PDF)
Program Information and Materials:
- Northampton ARPA Community Recovery Projects REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (PDF)
- ARPA Scoring Guidelines (PDF)
- Department of the Treasury's Overview of the Final Rule
- ARPA Questions and Answers (updated October 11) PDF
- PRESS RELEASE: ARPA Community Recovery Projects (PDF)
- COMUNICADO DE PRENSA: Proyectos de Recuperación Comunitaria ARPA (PDF)
- Proyectos de Recuperación Comunitaria de ARPA SOLICITUD DE PROPUESTAS (PDF)
- Directrices de calificación de los Proyectos de Recuperación Comunitaria de ARPA (PDF)
Thursday, September 15 @ 11:00 a.m. - HYBRID MEETING City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 212 Main Street Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85339257266?pwd=d1VsUld4WXRKQm01ZGVuUDhJT3FZUT09 Wednesday, September 21 @ 6:00 p.m. - HYBRID MEETING City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 212 Main Street Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88271267416?pwd=L085bmdwWnJ4Q3FyZm9xQmFpMjhmZz09 Wednesday, September 28 @ 2:00 p.m. - HYBRID MEETING City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 212 Main Street Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82796977881?pwd=TTk3eitPQ24vUThhYWp5T3l6QjRoZz09
Developing a Transparent, Strategic & Equitable Plan for Northampton's Federal COVID-19 Funding
- On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a far-reaching COVID recovery measure proposed by the Biden-Harris Administration.
- This $1.9 trillion measure provides direct financial relief to Americans, assistance to businesses, and aid to states, counties, and municipalities.
- In total, Northampton will receive $21,747,984.00 in ARPA funds over the course of the next two years. All of the funding must be committed by December 31, 2024, and fully expended by December 31, 2026.
How can Northampton Spend the Money?
There are four acceptable categories of use:
- Respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality.
- Pay workers providing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- Provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue to the city due to the COVID-19 public health emergency in the most recent full fiscal year.
- Make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
Goals for Distributing ARPA Funds
- Seek extensive input and feedback from the community to help structure the city's use of ARPA funding
- Design a transparent, accessible, and equitable project selection process for allocating funds
- Prioritize projects, people, businesses, and organizations with a focus on those most impacted by COVID-19
- Leverage other state and federal resources to maximize Northampton’s ARPA funding
- Cover the city’s costs to administer ARPA funds
ARPA Submission Review Advisory Committee
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- Rich Cooper
- Karen Foster
- Elena Huisman
- Claire Morenon
- Stan Moulton
- Pamela Schwartz
- Abbie Stone
- Alan Wolf
Advisory Commission Members
- Barbara Black
- Clare Morenon
- Dorothy Nemetz
- Elena Huisman
- Heather Warner
- Karen Foster, City Council Vice-President/Ward 2
- Lionel Romain
- Pamela Schwartz
- Peter Whalen
- Rich Cooper
- Stanley Moulton, Ward 1 City Councilor
- Vince Jackson
Survey Results Presentation to the ARPA Commission
ARPA Presentations to City Council
Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra and Northampton’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Commission invited all Northampton residents and community members as well as Northampton-based businesses, nonprofits and organizations to share input about the use of Northampton’s ARPA funds at eight listening sessions which were held at different locations and times in Northampton and Florence. The Commission also solicited feedback on the development of the application process to ensure equitable access for all members of the community. While all listening session have been completed, the community is invited to share their thoughts on the current needs of Northampton as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic by sending an email to email@example.com. Thank you to all who attended the listening sessions.
PRESS RELEASE: Mayor Sciarra’s ARPA Advisory Commission Seeks Input on Community Directed ARPA Fund Grant Process - June 2, 2022 (PDF)
Listening Sessions Schedule:
City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 212 Main St.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/94633260467?pwd=ZU1zWWhGYy9SSlpsUnNQTmxtc2JxQT09
Jackson Street School, 120 Jackson St., Cafeteria
Union Station, 125A Pleasant St.
Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St.
Florence Civic Center, 90 Park St., Florence
Florence Heights Community Room, 178 Florence Road, Florence