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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

Somerville has been allocated $77,504,170 from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to aid in local pandemic recovery efforts. Please review the tabs on this page to learn more.

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Erica Satin-Hernandez
Somerville ARPA Specialist

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New ARPA Funding Round to Support Local Nonprofits
Applications accepted until July 31, 2024

We're excited to announce that Mayor Katjana Ballantyne has opened a new round of funding for local nonprofits. With $2 million available from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), we invite all eligible nonprofits to apply for this operational support funding. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

The funding will provide awards of up to $25,000 to support general operations for 501(c)3 nonprofits serving the Somerville community. While preference will be given to nonprofits located within the City of Somerville, all organizations serving Somerville residents are encouraged to apply. Funding awards will be based on gross income and the scope of COVID-19’s financial impact on the organization.

Funds may be used for the following:

  • Payroll
  • Mortgages
  • Rent
  • Other operating expenses
  • Costs associated with the mitigation or prevention of COVID-19

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For more information, please review our program overviews:

For any queries, please email

About ARPA

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319), also known as ARPA, into law.  The $1.9 trillion package is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health and economic impacts. ARPA allocates hundreds of billions of dollars for public health and vaccines, assistance for vulnerable populations, education and housing stabilization, economic recovery assistance and direct assistance. 

About 19% of ARPA funds are dedicated to the Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF). These funds are sent to nearly every State, Tribal Nation, County, City, Town, and Village across the country--including Somerville. Funds can be used for the following purposes: responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative impacts; to provide premium pay to essential workers who worked during the COVID-19 pandemic; to replace government's lost revenue; and to make investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure. 

Funds must be obligated by December 31st, 2024, and fully spent by December 31st, 2026. Most projects must close by December 31st, 2024—discuss with ARPA staff for more details. 



Funds given directly to the City



Funds given to our county which were then passed on to us



Total funds we can spend


For more background on ARPA: 


ARPA-Funded Projects


These projects are supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP1753 awarded to City of Somerville MA by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.


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