American Rescue Plan Funding

Our Opportunity

President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law on March 11, 2021.

ARPA includes $350 billion in direct aid for cities and states to assist with their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, ofALB ALL LOGO_1_RGB which the City of Albany has received $80 million. $25 million of this will now be made available to individuals or organizations, including City of Albany departments, to fund local projects and programs that will support Albany's recovery and future progress.Press Release Button v3View Press Release from April 19, 2022

The City of Albany is committed to creating a fully transparent and equitable process for all aspects of investing these ARPA funds into our community. Our commitment to transparency begins here.

This website is your source for all the most up-to-date information about how funds are being used, how to apply for funding, and opportunities to ask questions and share feedback.

Whether you want to apply for funding or give feedback on proposals, there will be opportunities throughout the process for your voice to be heard. One way to make your voice heard is to sign up to review proposals. Volunteer using the Connect with Us form below.

Final Application Phase Information

As of Friday, March 11, 2022, the pre-application process is closed. Any pre-applicants invited to advance to the next round will received notification on April 15, 2022.

Applicants invited to complete a full application are strongly encouraged to view the webinar below and attend open office hours. Information will be disseminated directly to those who advanced to the final application phase.  

Info Session WebinarApril 221:00pm
Office HoursApril 2610:00 am

Our Priorities

“We have a unique opportunity to finally level the playing field for members of underrepresented populations in our city and make a significant and long-lasting difference in their lives. Through smart, focused, and well-planned investments, we have the best chance of reaching and helping the highest number of city residents, and we encourage everyone to help identify potential opportunities for this historic funding.” – COVID Recovery Task Force Co-Chairs Mike Whalen and Jahkeen Hoke

Our COVID Recovery Task Force gathered input from every corner of our community. Together, you helped determine the following priorities for our recovery:

  • Supporting the Public Health Response - $4,000,000
  • Assistance to Workers and Families – Education, Workforce & Human Services - $7,000,000
  • Assistance to Workers and Families – Housing, Transportation & Community Revitalization - $8,000,000
  • Small Business Support - $3,000,000
  • Travel, Tourism, Hospitality & Arts - $3,000,000

Our COVID Recovery Task Force set eight guiding principles to help the City and applicants for funding make investments in our community. These principles are embedded into every step of the application process and recommendations for funding:

Proposals that directly improve conditions for traditionally disadvantaged, underserved or marginalized populations
Proposals where multiple service providers partner to leverage their resources and increase capacity
Proposals that are able to feasibly complete their objective within the ARP timeline or are able to self-operate beyond the life of the funding
Proposals that will provide meaningful and measurable change in one or (preferably) more priority Impact Area program recommendations
Proposals that maximize resources by bringing additional financial assistance or capacity from external sources
Proposals that take an entrepreneurial or new approach to the priority Impact Area program recommendations
Proposals developed through robust community involvement or designed to enhance communication between the public and service providers
Proposals that provide widespread benefits independently or are designed to be replicable and scalable across sectors or neighborhoods

Our Process

The first step in the process was to submit a project proposal which included basic information about your organization’s proposed project and outcomes. The City received over 140 proposals across all five areas of focus. Subsequently, initial screening was completed by teams of local residents and City staff.  A senior review team comprised of leaders from City Council and the Administration then selected 63 proposals to advance and submit a full application. 

Next, applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted with finalists before funding decisions are made.

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Our ARPA Spending

In March of 2021, President Joe Biden signed a major piece of legislation into law – the American Rescue Plan Act, or “ARPA”. Unlike previous COVID recovery bills, ARPA included billions of dollars of financial assistance that would be made available directly to cities like ours to fund our local needs and priorities. Albany received $80.7 million in direct aid. The information below shows how the City of Albany has invested – and plans to invest – those funds to date.

Albany ARPA Spending Table 2 12-30-2021