Northampton opens applications for ARPA funding

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) — From Sept. 12 through Oct. 14, the City of Northampton will be accepting proposals from individuals and organizations to receive grants, Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra announced.

Following recommendations made last fall by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) inquiry led by former Mayor Narkewicz, Mayor Sciarra has set aside $4,000,000 to distribute to community initiatives.

“I am extremely grateful for the ARPA Commission’s hard work in getting us to the point where we are ready to solicit projects,” Mayor Sciarra said. “I have been committed from day one to a community process to distribute a significant portion of Northampton’s ARPA funds, and I am proud that we have set these funds aside for our community. I look forward to reviewing the proposals and helping to put in place worthwhile recovery projects. »

Grants are one-time funds to be used to alleviate economic hardship or adverse health effects caused by COVID-19. The application is open to individuals, groups, non-profits, small businesses and organizations based in Northampton or serving the Northampton community. Two applications are available, one for applicants requesting less than $10,000 and another for applicants requesting more than $10,000.

The City is hosting three information sessions for potential candidates, the dates and times of which will be posted on the City’s ARPA site. Prizes will be announced in December 2022 and funds will be distributed in early 2023.

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