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Posted on: January 6, 2022

Mayor Sheehan Announces Application Process Transformative, Highly-Impactful Uses $25 Million ARPA


Contact: David Galin 

Pre-Application Portal Opens for Submissions on Tuesday, January 11

Pre-Applications Reviewed on Rolling Basis Beginning Late February

Funded Project Awards Anticipated to Be Announced Beginning Spring 2022

Call for Volunteers Issued to Help Grade & Interview Applicants for Historic Funding Opportunity

“The Task Force strongly recommends funding a limited number of highly-impactful programs that can produce profound results, rather than thinly spreading resources.” – Recovery Task Force

ALBANY, NY – Mayor Kathy Sheehan was joined by the City of Albany’s COVID Recovery Task Force Co-Chair Jahkeen Hoke to present an overview of the application process that will be utilized to award $25 million for transformative, highly-impactful investments of American Rescue Plan Funds received by the City of Albany.

  • The Pre-Application is available for review beginning today, Thursday, January 6, 2022 at
  • The Pre-Application Portal will open for submissions on Tuesday, January 12, 2022 at 
  • Pre-Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning late February

After a thorough review for basic compliance and alignment purposes, pre-applicants will receive feedback and then be required to submit a full application. The purpose of this process is to ensure applicants effectively and efficiently utilize time and resources as they seek to apply for the American Rescue Plan Funding while ensuring the City of Albany and potential funded partners remain in full compliance with American Rescue Plan Act requirements.

These requests will be evaluated by a panel of local leaders, including members of the City’s ARPA Leadership Team comprised of Mayor Kathy Sheehan, City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar, Common Council President Corey Ellis, Common Council Pro Tempore Kelly Kimbrough, Common Council Majority Leader Ginnie Farrell, Commissioner of Administrative Services Rachel McEneny, and Corporation Counsel Marisa Franchini, Esq.

Based on the input provided to the City of Albany COVID Recovery Task Force, $25 million will be available for funding under the American Recuse Plan (ARP), including: 

  • Supporting the Public Health Response - $4 million
  • Education/Workforce/Human Services - $7 million
  • Housing/Transportation/Community Revitalization - $8 million
  • Small Business Support - $3 million
  • Recovery of the Tourism, Travel, Arts and Hospitality - $3 million

Mayor Sheehan also issued a call for volunteers to help grade and interview applicants. Any one interested in applying should visit to sign up.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “President Biden, Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, and Congressman Tonko delivered on their promise to help cities like ours by passing the American Rescue Plan. Thanks to their work and work of the COVID Recovery Task Force, we are now ready for the next step to make highly impactful, transformative investments to respond to the pandemic and ensure our city remains an Albany for All. I am looking forward to working closely with our residents, businesses, and community-based organizations to make sure these resources not only address the challenges encountered by our residents, but create long-term successes.”

Task Force Co-Chairs Michael Whalen and Jahkeen Hoke said, “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.”

About the COVID Recovery Task Force:

To help replace lost revenues, cover COVID-related expenses, and reverse the economic impacts of this pandemic, the City of Albany was allocated approximately $80.7 million as part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. On March 12, 2021, Mayor Sheehan announced the creation of a COVID Recovery Task Force to ensure the City of Albany equitably and strategically maximizes the resources available to our residents, businesses, and community organizations thanks to the American Rescue Plan to restart Albany and build back better. The Mayor appointed Mike Whalen, Administrative Vice President of M&T Bank, and Jahkeen Hoke, Executive Director of Business For Good Foundation, as Co-Chairs of the City’s COVID Recovery Task Force. 

The Task Force launched a robust engagement plan that included two public surveys garnering more than 1,000 responses, more than 60 direct meetings with community members and stakeholder groups, and 17 task force and working group meetings. The result is a 76-page report that provides a framework for recovery and strongly recommends funding a limited number of highly impactful programs that can produce profound results. 


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