Federal rescue funds available for businesses, nonprofit organizations – MassLive.com

SPRINGFIELD — With the intention to support residents and their businesses, the city has issued a request for proposal, or RFP, for businesses and nonprofit organizations. American Rescue Plan Act money is available to those who have not received funding in the past.
Samalid Hogan, western regional director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, shared a YouTube video in both English and Spanish explaining the process. It can be found online at youtu.be/eAvZCd1Jjbs
According to the website, springfield-ma.gov/finance/arpa, the proposals is available for the following categories: Nonprofit Assistance, Small Business Assistance, Senior Assistance, Neighborhood/Household Assistance, Capital Projects/Public Space Improvements, Job Creation/Economic Development and Housing Redevelopment.
The grants are available for new and existing businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
The city received $123.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding as part of the $350 billion federal funding designated for direct aid to state, local and tribal governments.
The city is accepting applications through Nov. 1, 2024, but Hogan said that although everyone has time to apply the funds could run out.
Among the criteria to be eligible, individuals need to provide as much specific evidence on the severity of the negative economic and/or health impacts that their businesses had from COVID-19 as well as showing how the funds will counteract such impacts.
There’s a cover letter required for submission with the proposal with the specific form to be filled out depending on the type of proposal.
Hogan said, “Before submitting an application, you need to make sure all the taxes are up to date, and you don’t owe any money to the city or state or federal.”
The office of MSBDC is offering to help people revised their proposal before submission by making an appointment by calling at (413) 577-1768.
Related content:
* Springfield accepting proposals for American Rescue Plan funding
* ‘America’s infrastructure is falling down’; Rep. Richard Neal talks American Rescue Plan with West Springfield officials
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