Mayor Sarno and CDO Sheehan joined ward council members to announce the new ARPA Neighborhood Economic Stimulus Fund: City of Springfield, MA
The new $12 million neighborhood economic stimulus fund continues the Sarno administration’s investment in the city’s allocation of ARPA funding within the community. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of city neighborhoods as places to live, work and meet our daily needs. This new Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund has been developed to ensure that neighborhood businesses and institutions, which are at the heart of neighborhood life, have the resources to not just recover from the impacts of the pandemic, but to work with the City to ensure our neighborhood centres. and the surrounding area include sufficient housing choices, walkable and comprehensive street infrastructure, shopping and services, accessibility to fresh food, healthcare, parks, office space, and have easy access to educational, community and cultural programs with a focus on disproportionately affected communities, equity and inclusion.
Neighborhood councils present included: New North Citizens Council, Lower Liberty Heights Neighborhood Council, Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council, Old Hill Neighborhood Council, Upper Hill Residents Council, McKnight Neighborhood Council, Armory Quadrangle Civic Association and the Maple High Six Corners Neighborhood Council. Councilmen Maria Perez and Melvin Edwards also attended, representing their wards and neighborhoods.
The Mayor of Sarno says, “The creation of this ARPA Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund is a direct response to my Community and Neighborhood Council meetings that I held over the past year where my dedicated ARPA team and I met with more than 30 neighborhood councils and organizations to hear their ideas on how best to use our city’s ARPA funding allocation to benefit and improve our neighborhoods. I would like to thank CDO Tim Sheehan, Tina Quagliato-Sullivan, my dedicated team at ARPA, and all of the Ward Councils for their efforts and continued stewardship on behalf of our residents and our business community. Again, this has the chance to be a game changer for our Springfield. My administration looks forward to working with our neighborhood councils to improve our community for the benefit of all.
Mayor Sarno began meeting with the city’s neighborhood councils in August 2021 and continued those meetings through October, meeting with more than 30 neighborhood councils and organizations to hear their thoughts and ideas on how the city of Springfield can make the best use of the city’s local ARPA funding.
CDO Sheehan said, “Through ARPA’s outreach process, many neighborhoods brought forward their particular concerns and much of the concern was around their respective commercial district and the lack of reinvestment and planning in those areas. Today’s announcement of the Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund continues that conversation with neighborhood organizations, businesses and institutions that serve the neighborhood’s needs for goods, services and programs. This is truly a unique opportunity for the City to work collectively with our neighborhood partners to address not what we think neighborhoods need, but rather what those on the ground know are needed.
Councilor Melvin Edwards said, “As Ward 3 Councilor and Chair of Maple High Six Corners Ward Council, I would like to thank Mayor Sarno and his administration for taking the time to listen to the concerns of our neighborhood councils. Our neighborhoods are so important to our residents and businesses and this Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund will go a long way to improving and meeting the needs of our neighborhoods. I look forward to working with the Mayor of Sarno, CDO Tim Sheehan, Tina Quagliato and the ARPA team as we work together for the benefit of all of our residents and our business community.
The Offices of Community Development and Disaster Recovery are releasing two applications for projects that will directly assist neighborhood economies and business districts in this recovery effort.
The first application is seeking applications for projects in Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs) or serving QCTs that fall into the following categories:
- Activations of public and commercial spaces
- Digital Equity Projects
- Communications infrastructure
- Switch to the new economy
- Resident awareness and neighborhood capacity building
- Essential shops in the neighborhood
- Essential community facilities
- Other economic stimulus projects
The second application is for neighborhood organizations/councils or non-profit organizations to submit proposals for capital improvement projects that will strengthen neighborhood commercial districts by improving walking, pedestrian safety, quality of air and contribute to the revitalization of the district’s business districts. The City of Springfield will use this application process to determine how funding should be allocated from both ARPA and the Community Development Block Grant – CARES (CDBG-CV) for neighborhood capital improvement projects. neighborhood business. Subsequent projects and constructions will be managed by the relevant municipal departments.
Information and applications for both programs can be found on the city’s website at: https://www.springfield-ma.gov/dr/disaster-recovery/neighborhood-economic-recovery-fund
Additionally, the Community Development and Disaster Recovery offices will host virtual technical support workshops to present application requirements and answer questions, as follows:
- Help for general applications for the Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund will be held on February 28, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. and March 16, 2022 at 6:00 p.m..
- Help for neighborhood councils/ASBL who will submit applications for Capital improvements in neighborhood business districts will be held on March 23, 2022 at 6:00 p.m..
Those interested in attending one of the workshops should email [email protected] with their contact details and preferred email address, and a zoom link will be emailed twenty-four (24) hours before the meeting.
Individual questions regarding both nominations may be directed to Tina Quagliato Sullivan by email at [email protected] or by phone at (413) 750-2114.
All Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) received will be regularly posted and updated with answers on the City’s website at: Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund: CDBG Disaster Recovery, City of Springfield, MA (springfield-ma. gov) – (https://www .springfield-ma.gov/dr/disaster-recovery/neighborhood-economic-recovery-fund)
Both applications are in electronic format and can be submitted using a computer, smartphone or tablet. Applications must be submitted no later than June 15, 2022.