American Rescue Plan Funding

President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law on March 11, 2021.

ARPA includes $350 billion in direct aid for cities and states to assist with their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, of which the City of Albany has received $80 million. $25 million of this was made available to individuals or organizations, including City of Albany departments, to fund local projects and programs that will support Albany's recovery and future progress.

The ARPA leadership team is working to get the funding into the community.

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Priority Impact Areas

Priority Impact AreasHousing, Transportation, Community  Revitalization

Targeted, deliberate, and meaningful action to reverse neighborhood disinvestment resulting from a history of systemic racism, and creating supportive and accessible pathways to increase equitable homeownership are critical to Albany's revitalization

Education, Workforce, Human Services

To ensure Albany's residents are equitably prepared for the future - particularly to participate in and help grow regional industry clusters - they must be supported by quality, affordable childcare and skills - development training focused on the underserved. 

Supporting the Public Health ResponseGoals

Improving public health in Albany will require enhanced cultural and linguistic competency from providers, improved attention to mental health, and increased diversity of the public health workforce - all ensuring that at-risk populations have access to the care they need.

Small Business Support

Flexible assistance and quality of place are essential for Albany's small businesses to successfully pivot operations to meet the demands of a dynamic, new environment and attract and retain customers.

Travel, Tourism, Hospitality, Arts Recovery

Leisure, lodging, and cultural recovery will require enhanced connectivity to visitors through creating better awareness of local offerings, more equitable access to local communities, and quality of place investments that connect venues and neighborhoods. 


  • January 2022 - Mayor Sheehan announced the allocation of $25 million to nonprofits, businesses, residents, and City departments
  • February 2022 - Received 147 proposals from community groups and organizations totaling over $141 million in requested funding 
  • March 2022 - 5 results teams made up of the public, Common Council members, and City staff each focusing on a specific impact area conducted a preliminary review of the proposals
  • April & May 2022 - The Leadership Team made up of Mayor, Common Council Members and City leadershipIMG_0016 reviewed all 147 proposals and made the decision to advance 63 proposals to the application phase, totaling $68 million in requested funding
  • June 2022 - The Leadership Team held applicant interviews and ultimately decided to award funding to 35 applicants totaling approximately $25 million
  • July, August & September 2022 - Drafted and executed 35 contracts between the City and awardees
  • December 31, 2024 - All funds must be allocated
  • December 31, 2026 All funds must be spent and all funded projects must be complete

Map of Funding Impact

** Note: This map does not fully reflect areas to be served. Some points are the addresses of the organizations receiving the funding **


Orange dots - Project impact hub/headquarters

Green stars - Habitat for Humanity's 100 proposed sites, Albany Community Land Trust's  12 proposed sites, and South End Partners' 11 proposed sites for new home-ownership opportunities. 

View Jewish Family Services Boundary Map

Grant Awardees

Organization (Click Organization Name to View Website)
Project Description
Affordable Housing Partnership$300,000Establish the Albany Matched Savings Program and provide financial coaching for homeownership
Albany Center Gallery$75,000Provide stipends for Albany-based artists
Albany Community Land Trust$600,000Renovate 12 blighted properties and improve vacant lots in the West Hill neighborhood
Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau (Discover Albany)$282, 280Establish the annual Halloween Festival and "FALL-bany" programming starting in 2023
Albany County Historical Association$332,000Ground improvements to Ten Broeck Mansion to allow for better access and safety
Albany Housing Authority ( Pearl Overlook Corporation)$748,000Steamboat Square revitalization project to rehabilitate 51 apartments and create 37 new affordable housing units
Albany Parking Authority$236,899Lighting and security cameras in parking lots along Central Avenue
Albany Water Board$500,000Expand the grant program for lead service replacement in historically redlined neighborhoods
Capital Repertory Theater$350,000Reconstruction of an overgrown, abandoned lot to create a parking lot in Arbor Hill to reduce parking congestion and provide snow emergency parking
Capitalize Albany Corporation$1,100,000Assist in the development of the Clinton Market Collective in Clinton Square
Capitalize Albany Corporation, Downtown Albany BID, Central Avenue BID$1,500,000Provide small business grants and other small businesses in the City 
CARES of NY, Inc.$1,975,266Expand the City's Emergency Solutions Grant with a new workforce component
Central District Management Association (Central Avenue BID)$265,000Develop the second and third floors of the STEAM Garden at Central Avenue to create a multi-use community based entrepreneurial hub
City of Albany - West Hill Community Center$2,000,000Support the design, engineering, purchase of a site, and construction of the West Hill Community Center
City of Albany - Hoffman Park Recreation Center$2,000,000Update Hoffman Park Recreation Center to improve and expand community programming
City of Albany - Department of Administrative Services$400,000Create the "Join Albany" campaign to recruit Albany residents for City jobs and implement employee retention initiatives
Destroyer Escort Historical Museum$500,000Update of shore side facilities for USS Slater and Dutch Apple Cruises with new infrastructure including a visitors center, gift shop, storage, public restrooms and a classroom
Downtown Albany Business Improvement District$838,020Create a Capital Wayfinding Program and an Ambassador Program to promote tourism and maintain a safe, welcoming environment downtown
Grand Street Community Arts, Inc.$200,000Renovate the building's basement to create year-round, multiuse rooms for programming and services
Habitat for Humanity Capital District $3,790,000Support development of 100 new affordable homes in Qualified Census Tracts and historically redlined neighborhoods within the City of Albany
Historic Albany Foundation$50,000Create the West Hill Neighborhood Tool Library to help homeowners maintain properties
Historic Cherry Hill$143,451Upkeep and accessibility improvements to Historic Cherry Hill and to hire staff to organize community programming for several historic and cultural organizations
In Our Own Voices$500,000Purchase and renovation of a new facility to expand services to LGBTGNC POC and construct a drop-in center for LGBTGPOC youth and Transitional housing for Transgender individuals
Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York$626,802Expand the Albany InPlace program that provides services to support aging well for traditionally marginalized, vulnerable adults
Organization of Adirondack Rowers and Scullers, Inc. (Albany Rowing Center)$40,000Upgrade ramps connecting the docks at Corning Preserve
Park Playhouse, Inc.$250,000Restore Washington Park Amphitheater and  continue delivering free theater activities
Parsons Child and Family Services$1,334,961Create a community-based Wellness Advocate team to identify and resolve immediate social determinants of health conditions
Pine Hills Neighborhood Association$50,000Remove blacktop maintenance strips, install weed-blocking surfaces and decorative hardscape, and plant trees in targeted sections of Pine Hills
Refugee and Immigrant Support Services$104,000Expand RISSE's Job Assistance program and connect recent refugees and immigrants with workforce opportunities
Refugee Welcome Corporation$70,000Take full ownership of its facility to maintain focus on services for residents
Restaurant Navona$125,000Provide workforce training and certification programs for restaurant-based careers
South End Children's Cafe$1,000,000Capital investments and expansion of capacity and wrap-around programs to provide more meals to younger City of Albany residents
South End Partners, LLC$483,321Close a financing gap for the development of 11 affordable, single-family townhomes on 11 vacant parcels of land in the South End
Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region, Inc.$1,730,000Capital investments to improve facilities and expand the scope and reach of services
Upper Washington Avenue Neighborhood Association & Westland Hills Little League$500,000Enhancement of youth baseball/softball fields and development of an accessible nature trail



  1. Mayor Signs Budget into Law 2023
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  3. ARPA Community Funding Info Session (1)

    City of Albany Reminds Applicants that ARPA Funding Pre-Application is Open Through March 1, 2022

    Application Webinar to be Held Friday, February 18 at 3 pm Pre-Application Portal Open for Submissions at Read on...
  4. City of Albany Provides Update Regarding American Rescue Plan Funding Application Process

    First Pre-Applications to be Reviewed No Earlier than March 1, 2022, Giving Applicants Additional Time to Prepare Proposals Webinar For Pre-Application Portal Now Available and Portal Open for Submissions at Read on...
  5. Albany Pre-Application Portal Open for Transformative, Highly Impactful Uses of $25 Million ARP Fund

    City of Albany Pre-Application Portal Open for Transformative, Highly Impactful Uses of $25 Million of American Rescue Plan Funding Read on...
  7. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan Announces City’s First Use of American Rescue Plan Funding

    City of Albany to Provide Premium Pay to Unionized Workforce; Average Payment Nearly $3,700 Read on...
  8. ARP Funding Grab - Budget Book 2021

    Mayor Sheehan, Co-Chairs Michael Whalen & Jahkeen Hoke Present COVID Recovery TaskForce Final Report

    Report Outlines Challenges, Key Focus Areas, Strategic Priorities And Recommended Framework for External Use of American Rescue Plan Funds Read on...

    Mayor Sheehan, Co-Chairs Whalen & Hoke Announce City of Albany COVID Recovery Task Force Members

    Albany's COVID Recovery Task Force Comprised of 41 Diverse Community Leaders Read on...
  10. City of Albany Provides American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding Update

    147 Proposals Received Totaling $141 Million in Requests Pre-Application Portal Will Close on Friday, March 11, 2022 Read on...
  11. City of Albany Provides American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding Update

    63 Proposals Totaling $68 Million in Requests Advancing to Full Application Phase Read on...

    City of Albany Announces Funding Recommendations for American Rescue Plan (ARPA) Grant Awards

    $25 Million from American Rescue Plan to be Distributed for 35 Highly Impactful, Transformative Projects Read on...
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    City of Albany Provides American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grant Awards Update

    Albany Common Council Unanimously Approves Leadership Team’s Recommendations for $25 Million in Grants from American Rescue Plan to be Awarded to 35 Highly Impactful, Transformative Projects Read on...
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