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The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. The legislation established the Coronavirus-19 State and local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) which is intended to support state and local governments as they address the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on their communities. The City of Bridgeport has been allocated $110 million to spend through December of 2024. Funding must be used to respond to and recover from the pandemic in accordance with guidelines set by the U.S. Treasury Department.
According to the U.S. Department of Treasury, “Fiscal Recovery Funds must be used in one of the four eligible use categories specified in the American Rescue Plan Act and implemented in the Interim Final Rule, which includes “respond[ing] to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality.”
The City is allocating ARP dollars to a number non-profit programs, small businesses, infrastructure projects, and city services to address the public health crisis and the economic impacts of COVID-19. The City is soliciting proposals from non-profits and small businesses for each of the programmatic areas below.
Please click on each link below to open the Request for Proposals, which includes information on the funding opportunity, eligibility and reporting requirements, the application, and more.
• Small Business Expansion
• Storefront Improvements
Two hard copies of applications for funding are due to the Purchasing Department by no later than 2 P.M. on September 30, 2021. Late applications will not be considered.
View the American Rescue Plan COVID-19 Relief - Community Input Results.