The American Rescue Plan Act

On March 11, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into law. ARPA provides local governments with resources through the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, to respond to the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are administered by the U.S. Treasury Department, which announced that the City of New Bedford would receive $64,729,754 in ARPA funding.

The U.S. Treasury released ARPA regulations that set forth eligible uses for funding, which include addressing acute pandemic-response needs, filling revenue shortfalls, and supporting communities and populations hit hardest by COVID-19. Revisions to these regulations take effect April 1st, 2022.

ARPA recovery funds provide substantial flexibility for cities to address and meet local community needs. Eligible uses include replacing public sector revenue loss, to provide government services at pre-COVID levels; supporting public health responses and COVID-19 mitigation efforts including medical expenses, behavioral health care, and public health and safety; addressing negative economic impacts, including economic harm to workers, families, small businesses, impacted industries, and the private sector; and supporting water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.

Priorities

Funding priorities have been set in a collaborative process involving:

  • An extensive review of the City’s many strategic planning documents;
  • Input from Department Heads with purview over areas such as Public Health; Housing and Community Development; Parks, Recreation, & Beaches; Public Infrastructure; Environmental Stewardship; and Emergency Management;
  • Public outreach and community forums hosted the in summer and fall 2021 (click here to view the City's ARPA Presentation);
  • A public survey which drew more than 500 responses (view the results here); and
  • Review and approval by the City Council.

 

Initiatives

Enhanced Facade Improvement Program

 

Housing Expansion Initiative

 

  • Deadline: May 16th. Submit early to allow time provide additional information that may be requested.
  • Administered By: New Bedford Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD)
  • Eligibility: New, income-restricted housing units, within mixed-income or mixed-use housing developments or associated with the repurposing of vacant or underutilized buildings. Projects must be shovel-ready. Additional eligibility criteria are listed in the application.
  • Application: Click here for fillable and printable PDF.
  • Description: Click here to learn more about the program
  • Questions: Contact OHCD at ohcd [at] newbedford-ma [dot] gov
Capital Costs for Childcare, Out-of-School Time Care, and Early Childhood Education

 

  • Deadline: June 13th. Submit early to allow time to provide additional information that may be requested.
  • Administered By: Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Eligibility: Non-profit care/educational organizations located in New Bedford. Additional eligibility criteria are listed in the application.
  • Application: Click here to download the Request for Response (RFR).
  • Description: Click here to learn more about the program
  • Questions: Contact Elise Rapoza at elise.rapoza [at] newbedford-ma [dot] gov
Provision of Small Business Support Services

 

  • Deadline: June 24th. Submit early to allow time to provide additional information that may be requested.
  • Administered By: Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Eligibility: Non-profit business support organizations located in New Bedford. Additional eligibility criteria are listed in the application.
  • Application: Click here to download the Request for Response (RFR).
  • Description: Click here to learn more about the program.
  • Questions: Contact Elise Rapoza at elise.rapoza [at] newbedford-ma [dot] gov
Capital Investments at Privately Owned Cultural Facilities

 

  • Deadline: Expressions of Interest are due June 10 by the end of the day. The full application will be released at a later date.
  • Administered By: Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Eligibility: New Bedford-based nonprofit or for-profit organizations that own or operate a privately owned cultural facility.
  • Expression of Interest: Click here for instructions on how to submit an Expression of Interest
  • Description: Click here to learn more about the program
  • Questions: Contact Elise Rapoza at elise.rapoza [at] newbedford-ma [dot] gov
NB Creative: Wicked Cool Places, Art is Everywhere, and ARTnet

 

KEY DATES RELATED TO THE RECOVERY FUND