American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in Northampton

ARPA Community Recovery Projects

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Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra and the Northampton ARPA Commission are accepting proposals for the ARPA Community Recovery Projects funding opportunity. Applications for funding will be due no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 14, 2022. This funding opportunity is open to individuals, groups, non-profits, small businesses, and organizations which are based in Northampton and/or whose proposed project will serve the Northampton community. These are one-time funds which must be used to respond to a negative health or economic impact of COVID-19. Funding is intended for projects which are designed to aid the community in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, including supporting recovery, reconnecting community, and building resilience. There are two separate applications for funding: a small projects application for projects up to $10,000 and a large projects application for projects requesting more than $10,000 in ARPA funding. Full program details can be found here: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Questions and answers from the information sessions can be found here: ARPA Questions and Answers (updated September 22) PDF

PRESS RELEASE: ARPA Community Recovery Projects (PDF)

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA: Proyectos de Recuperación Comunitaria ARPA (PDF)

This funding is not intended for individual or household financial assistance. If you or your family need financial or other support, please refer to this list of local resources: Resources (PDF)
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Application Materials:

Information Sessions:

Thursday, September 15 @ 11:00 a.m. - HYBRID MEETING                                                                       City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 212 Main Street                                                                        Zoom link:

Wednesday, September 21 @ 6:00 p.m. - HYBRID MEETING                                                                     City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 212 Main Street                                                                        Zoom link:

Wednesday, September 28 @ 2:00 p.m. - HYBRID MEETING                                                                     City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 212 Main Street                                                                         Zoom link:
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Questions and answers received by email and during information sessions will be posted on this page. Questions may also be submitted by email or in writing to the Mayor's Office. For any accommodations, please contact the Mayor's Office:
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Advisory Commission Members

  • Barbara Black
  • Clare Morenon
  • Dorothy Nemetz
  • Elena Huisman
  • Heather Warner
  • Karen Foster, City Council Vice-President/Ward 2
  • Lionel Romain
  • Pamela Schwartz
  • Peter Whalen
  • Rich Cooper
  • Stanley Moulton, Ward 1 City Councilor
  • Vince Jackson


Survey Results Presentation to the ARPA Commission

ARPA Presentations to City Council

Developing a Transparent, Strategic & Equitable Plan for Northampton's Federal COVID-19 Funding


  • On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a far-reaching COVID recovery measure proposed by the Biden-Harris Administration. 
  • This $1.9 trillion measure provides direct financial relief to Americans, assistance to businesses, and aid to states, counties, and municipalities.
  • In total, Northampton will receive $21,747,984.00 in ARPA funds over the course of the next two years. All of the funding must be committed by December 31, 2024, and fully expended by December 31, 2026.

How can Northampton Spend the Money?

There are four acceptable categories of use:

  1. Respond 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.
  2. Pay workers providing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  3. Provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue to the city due to the COVID-19 public health emergency in the most recent full fiscal year.
  4. Make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
  5. Goals for Distributing ARPA Funds

    • Seek extensive input and feedback from the community to help structure the city's use of ARPA funding
    • Design a transparent, accessible, and equitable project selection process for allocating funds
    • Prioritize projects, people, businesses, and organizations with a focus on those most impacted by COVID-19
    • Leverage other state and federal resources to maximize Northampton’s ARPA funding
    • Cover the city’s costs to administer ARPA funds  

Public Input

Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra and Northampton’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Commission invited all Northampton residents and community members as well as Northampton-based businesses, nonprofits and organizations to share input about the use of Northampton’s ARPA funds at eight listening sessions which were held at different locations and times in Northampton and Florence. The Commission also solicited feedback on the development of the application process to ensure equitable access for all members of the community. While all listening session have been completed, the community is invited to share their thoughts on the current needs of Northampton as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic by sending an email to Thank you to all who attended the listening sessions.

PRESS RELEASE: Mayor Sciarra’s ARPA Advisory Commission Seeks Input on Community Directed ARPA Fund Grant Process - June 2, 2022 (PDF)

Listening Sessions Schedule:

Tuesday, June 7 @ 12 p.m.       HYBRID MEETING
City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 212 Main St.
Zoom link:
This session is aimed at small businesses, non-profits, or other community organizations. However, all community members are welcome to attend. 
Wednesday, June 8 @ 6 p.m.     IN PERSON MEETING
Jackson Street School, 120 Jackson St., Cafeteria
Childcare available. Sign up in advance with the Mayor's office.
Spanish language interpreter available.
Thursday, June 9 @ 7 p.m.         VIRTUAL MEETING
Zoom link:
Monday, June 13 @ 5:30 p.m.     IN PERSON MEETING
Union Station, 125A Pleasant St.
Wednesday, June 15 @ 2 p.m.   IN PERSON MEETING
Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St.
Thursday, June 16 @ 3:30 p.m.  IN PERSON MEETING
Florence Civic Center, 90 Park St., Florence
This session is aimed at small businesses, non-profits, and other community organizations. However, all community members are welcome to attend.
Tuesday, June 21 @ 7 a.m.          VIRTUAL MEETING
Zoom link:
Thursday, June 23 @ 6 p.m.        IN PERSON
Florence Heights Community Room, 178 Florence Road, Florence
Spanish language interpreter available