The Neighborhood Economic Recovery fund has been allocated $12 million in ARPA funding to ensure that neighborhood businesses and institutions, which are at the core of neighborhood life, have the resources to not simply recovery from the impacts of the pandemic, but to partner with the City towards ensuring Springfield's neighbrhood centers and the surrounding area include sufficient housing choices, pedestrian and complete streets infrastructure, shopping and services, fresh food accessibility, health care, parks, office space, have easy access to educational, community and cultural programming with an intentional focus on disproportionately impacted communities, equity and inclusion.
The City is releasing two applications under the Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund:
1. The General Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund Application is for individuals, businesses, non-profits and/or neighborhood organizations to seek funding for projects within Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs) which can be viewed on "Map 1 - Qualified Census Tracts"
Eligible Project Catergories are as follows:
- Public and Commercial Space Activations
- Digital Equity Projects
- Communications Infrastructure
- Upgrading to the New Economy
- Resident Outreach and Neighborhood Capacity Building
- Essential Community Facilities
- Other Economic Recovery Projects
2. The Neighborhood Business District Capital Improvement Application is for neighborhood organizations/councils or non-profit organizations to submit proposed capital improvement projects that will strengthen neighborhood commercial districts by improving walkability, pedestrian safety, air quality and contribute to the revitlization of neighborhood business districts. Applicants will not recieve funding through this process, instead it will be utilized by the City to determine how ARPA and Community Development Block Grant - CARES Act (CDBG-CV) funding will be allocated for neighborhood capital improvements. Projects and subsequent construction will be managed by relevant city departments. Applications for capital improvement requests will be accepted from neighborhood councils that have business districts that fall within all areas that are colored blue, purple or pink on "Map 2 - QCTs and CDBG Eligible Areas" .
Both applications are in electronic format and must be submitted electronically. Applicants can use a computer, tablet or smart phone to fill out and submit the application. Both applications must be submitted no later than June 30, 2022.
Applicants that do not have access to a computer, tablet or smart phone can utilize public computers at the City's public libraries to fill out and submit the application. Information on locations and hours of the public libraries can be found by utilizing this link: Springfield City Libraries - Hours and Locations
Applicants can now check the status of their application and/or view applicants that have already recieved conditional funding awards. This list will be updated regularly as applications are recieved and there are status changes. CLICK HERE TO CHECK APPLICATION STATUS.
Virtual Technical Assistance Workshops will be held to assist applicants in how to fill out the application and a question and answer session will be held as follows:
- General Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund Application:
- Monday, February 28, 2022 at 6pm (Click here to view the recording of this session on our YouTube Channel)
- Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 6pm (Click here to view the recording of this session on our YouTube Channel)
- Neighborhood Capital Improvement Fund Application:
- Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 6pm (Click here to view the recording of this session on our YouTube Channel)
To register for the virtual TA Workshop(s) please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and contact email and a link will be emailed to you within twentiy-four (24) hours prior to the workshop. Videos of the completed workshops will be posted this site for the public to view.
All questions recieved regarding the application, funding and process will be posted here for the public to access. Any changes to the application due date and/or application process will be announced here.
Questions regarding this program and application should be directed to Tina Quagliato Sullivan at email@example.com or 413-750-2114.