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.
Priority Impact Areas
Housing, 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 Response
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 leadership 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
|Affordable Housing Partnership||$300,000||Establish the Albany Matched Savings Program and provide financial coaching for homeownership|
|Albany Center Gallery||$75,000||Provide stipends for Albany-based artists|
|Albany Community Land Trust||$600,000||Renovate 12 blighted properties and improve vacant lots in the West Hill neighborhood|
|Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau (Discover Albany)||$282, 280||Establish the annual Halloween Festival and "FALL-bany" programming starting in 2023|
|Albany County Historical Association||$332,000||Ground improvements to Ten Broeck Mansion to allow for better access and safety|
|Albany Housing Authority ( Pearl Overlook Corporation)||$748,000||Steamboat Square revitalization project to rehabilitate 51 apartments and create 37 new affordable housing units|
|Albany Parking Authority||$236,899||Lighting and security cameras in parking lots along Central Avenue|
|Albany Water Board||$500,000||Expand the grant program for lead service replacement in historically redlined neighborhoods|
|Capital Repertory Theater||$350,000||Reconstruction 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||$1,100,000||Assist in the development of the Clinton Market Collective in Clinton Square|
|Capitalize Albany Corporation, Downtown Albany BID, Central Avenue BID||$1,500,000||Provide small business grants and other small businesses in the City|
|CARES of NY, Inc.||$1,975,266||Expand the City's Emergency Solutions Grant with a new workforce component|
|Central District Management Association (Central Avenue BID)||$265,000||Develop 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||$2,000,000||Support the design, engineering, purchase of a site, and construction of the West Hill Community Center|
|City of Albany - Hoffman Park Recreation Center||$2,000,000||Update Hoffman Park Recreation Center to improve and expand community programming|
|City of Albany - Department of Administrative Services||$400,000||Create the "Join Albany" campaign to recruit Albany residents for City jobs and implement employee retention initiatives|
|Destroyer Escort Historical Museum||$500,000||Update 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||$838,020||Create a Capital Wayfinding Program and an Ambassador Program to promote tourism and maintain a safe, welcoming environment downtown|
|Grand Street Community Arts, Inc.||$200,000||Renovate the building's basement to create year-round, multiuse rooms for programming and services|
|Habitat for Humanity Capital District||$3,790,000||Support development of 100 new affordable homes in Qualified Census Tracts and historically redlined neighborhoods within the City of Albany|
|Historic Albany Foundation||$50,000||Create the West Hill Neighborhood Tool Library to help homeowners maintain properties|
|Historic Cherry Hill||$143,451||Upkeep 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||$500,000||Purchase 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||$626,802||Expand 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)||$40,000||Upgrade ramps connecting the docks at Corning Preserve|
|Park Playhouse, Inc.||$250,000||Restore Washington Park Amphitheater and continue delivering free theater activities|
|Parsons Child and Family Services||$1,334,961||Create a community-based Wellness Advocate team to identify and resolve immediate social determinants of health conditions|
|Pine Hills Neighborhood Association||$50,000||Remove blacktop maintenance strips, install weed-blocking surfaces and decorative hardscape, and plant trees in targeted sections of Pine Hills|
|Refugee and Immigrant Support Services||$104,000||Expand RISSE's Job Assistance program and connect recent refugees and immigrants with workforce opportunities|
|Refugee Welcome Corporation||$70,000||Take full ownership of its facility to maintain focus on services for residents|
|Restaurant Navona||$125,000||Provide workforce training and certification programs for restaurant-based careers|
|South End Children's Cafe||$1,000,000||Capital investments and expansion of capacity and wrap-around programs to provide more meals to younger City of Albany residents|
|South End Partners, LLC||$483,321||Close 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.||$1,730,000||Capital investments to improve facilities and expand the scope and reach of services|
|Upper Washington Avenue Neighborhood Association & Westland Hills Little League||$500,000||Enhancement of youth baseball/softball fields and development of an accessible nature trail|
Additional Information and Resources
City of Albany
- COVID Recovery Task Force Website
- COVID Recovery Task Force Final Advisory Report
- COVID Recovery Task Force Advisory Report Appendix
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