City of Albany American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Leadership Team Announces Recipients of Federal Grant
This message is from the City of Albany.
The City of Albany American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Leadership Team is excited to announce 35 projects have been selected to receive grants from $25 million of federal relief dollars provided to Albany under President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Earlier this week, the Albany Common Council unanimously approved the Leadership Team’s recommendations for $25 million in grants.
Three quarters of the funding – approximately $18 million – is being awarded for projects that will create affordable housing, affordable homeownership, community spaces and direct services in Albany’s neighborhoods of highest need. The remainder will assist small businesses and the City’s hard-hit arts and tourism organizations with the ultimate goal of creating new jobs, and to projects that support workforce development.
The City of Albany received nearly 150 proposals for funding that were reviewed by five Results Teams comprised of a cross-section of residents and community leaders. Recommendations from the Results Teams were considered by the City’s ARPA Leadership Team when they selected 63 proposals to move to Phase II that also included a more detailed application process.
The City of Albany 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., then reviewed the 63 Phase II applications, conducted interviews, and are proud to make the following funding recommendations. More details here.