American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
President Joe Biden signed ARPA into law on March 11, 2021. The $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill includes the $65.1 billion Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFRF), which is direct funding for local governments impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Treasury is charged with administering the CLFRF. Under the CLFRF, the City of Schenectady is slated to receive $52,971,798. The City received the first half of these funds – $26,485,899 – in May 2021 and will receive the second half from U.S Treasury in May 2022. The funds must be obligated by December 31, 2024 and expended by December 31, 2026
The City of Schenectady is currently accepting applications for Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CLFRF) made available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The application link is below and hard copies are also available at Schenectady City Hall. The tentative deadline for this initial round of applications is December 31, 2021.
Link: ARPA Application
To familiarize and assist applicants with the application format, TWO Technical Assistance sessions will be held via WebEx on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021, from 11am-12pm and from 6 PM-7 PM. Attendance at one of these sessions is recommended for all potential grantees.
December 8th 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
Event Number: 2431 173 0332
Password: w8JJ3rMFDJ4 (98553763 from phones)
Join by phone: 1-415-655-0001
December 8th 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
Event Number: 2423 261 3400
Password: DYtwzYD46Q3 (39899934 from phones)
Join by phone: 1-415-655-0001
Applications must meet one or more of the CLFRF-eligible expenditure categories and also must address one or more of the goals outlined in the City of Schenectady’s 2020-2024 Five-Year Consolidated Plan:
- Support Housing Opportunities: Support programs that provide quality, affordable housing options and initiatives for rehabilitation of the existing housing to help stabilize neighborhoods and meet the needs of all residents.
- Expand Economic & Workforce Development: Assist small businesses and non-profit organizations located in the target areas to remove major barriers to the City’s growth and prosperity by supporting and increasing access through infrastructure upgrades and programs that provide training, technical assistance, and work opportunities.
- Strengthen Local Neighborhoods: Enhance community assets and advance cultural and recreational initiatives to engage residents, improve health, safety, and education, while creating jobs.
The City’s Five-Year Consolidated Plan proposes strategic investments to make a concentrated impact in key areas and address identified high-priority needs such as housing, youth engagement, workforce development, and public infrastructure. The five-year plan also builds off the City’s 2017 Community Needs Assessment.
For questions or additional information on the application form, please contact the City of Schenectady Department of Development at (518) 382-5199 ext. 5455, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Important Links:
- Community Survey Results
- ARPA Overview Presentation PDF
- Treasury guidance webpage https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/coronavirus/assistance-for-state-local-and-tribal-governments/state-and-local-fiscal-recovery-funds
- Interim Final Rule, including eligible uses https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-05-17/pdf/2021-10283.pdf
- Frequently Asked Questions https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/SLFRPFAQ.pdf