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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. 

Contact Information
Erica Satin-Hernandez
Somerville ARPA Specialist

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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 COVID19 pandemic and its negative impacts; to provide premium pay to essential workers who worked during the COVID19 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. 

$61,700,944

MUNICIPAL ALLOCATION

Funds given directly to the City

$15,803,226

MIDDLESEX COUNTY ALLOCATION

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

$77,504,170

TOTAL SOMERVILLE ALLOCATION

Total funds we can spend

 

For more background on ARPA: 

 

 

How to Apply for ARPA

ARPA funding can be used by the City or be subawarded to 501c3 nonprofit organizations to run projects and programs. Non-governmental organizations who want to apply for ARPA funds must have a UEI number and be paired with a municipal liaison to assist with administrative tasks. This helps ensure that these federal funds are tracked well and used responsibly. Additionally: 

  1. Your proposal must have a strong tie to COVID recovery. How does your project help Somerville recover from the impacts of the pandemic? 
  2. You must be able to gather and report back on required data. Depending on the details of your project, you may be required to report back on information such as: 
    1. The number of households served by your project, or other key metrics of success as appropriate to the details of your project; 
    2. A short description of the evidence you’ve used to determine that your project is needed in Somerville and is likely to succeed. This may include scholarly articles showing evidence of success for programs similar to yours and / or local needs assessments showing the need for programs like yours in Somerville. 

If your organization and your project meet the criteria above, you can work with the ARPA team to apply for ARPA funding for your project. $10M of funding will be made available for nonprofit applicants, and applications will be accepted through February 3rd, 2023. Here are the steps we recommend: 

  1. Review the documents in this folder to learn more about the ARPA process and begin to plan your application. Be sure to read the background and disclaimer document. 
  2. Connect with the ARPA office to discuss and workshop your project idea 
      If you do not have a municipal department or employee to serve as your internal liaison on the project, we will work together to find one—they will also help workshop your proposal 
  3. Erica Satin-Hernandez, ARPA Specialist, eshernandez@somervillema.gov 
  • Request access to the ARPA application portal by submitting this form
    1. Submit your application
  • If your organization and your project meet the criteria above, you can work with the ARPA team to apply for ARPA funding for your project. Here are the steps we recommend: 

    1. Review the documents in this folder to learn more about the ARPA process and begin to plan your application 
    2. Connect with the ARPA office to discuss and workshop your project idea 
      1. If you do not have a municipal department or employee as a partner on the project, we will work together to find one 
      2. Erica Satin-Hernandez, ARPA Specialist, eshernandez@somervillema.gov 
    3. Set up your log-in information in the ARPA application portal 
      1. Submit your ARPA application 

    The Mayor’s ARPA Advisory Committee

    The Mayor seeks to build a committee of diverse local constituents who will co-create with her the broad funding guidelines for Somerville's ARPA program. These guidelines will be used by: ARPA staff to solicit and judge applications; the public to have a transparent view of how this once-in-a-generation funding source will be spent in their community; and project applicants to understand the City's priorities for project funding. 

    The ARPA Advisory Committee will: 

    1. Review the findings of the ARPA community engagement process 
    2. Create a statement of community values for all ARPA projects to adhere to 
    3. Establish the Mayor's ARPA Funding Priorities, which will provide broad guidelines for how the City will allocate ARPA funds between different eligible uses 
    4. Provide feedback on the ARPA funding criteria / request for proposals 

    The ARPA Advisory Committee will not review any ARPA funding applications. In addition, its members may not submit any ARPA funding applications during their time on the Advisory Committee.

    The Advisory Committee members are: 

    • Leiran Biton 
    • Clemintina Cabral 
    • Leslie Hergert 
    • Justin Hong 
    • Ahmed Ismail 
    • Cate Mingoya-Lafortune 
    • Izaene Santiago Pereira 
    • Consuelo J. Perez 
    • Judy Pineda-Neufeld 
    • Susan Putnins 
    • Jhenny Saint-Surin 
    • Arah Schuur 
    • Morgan Simko 

    ARPA-Funded Projects

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