Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra and the Northampton American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Advisory Commission on Monday announced that applications are now being accepted for community recovery projects. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 14 and will be reviewed by the 12-member commission, of which I am a member.

A total of $4 million, or 18% of Northampton’s ARPA funding, is designated for these one-time grants which must be used to respond to a negative health or economic impact of COVID-19.

The grants are available to individuals, groups, non-profits, small businesses, and organizations which are based in Northampton and/or whose proposed project will serve the Northampton community in recovering from the pandemic.

There are two applications for funding: a small projects application for projects up to $10,000 and a large projects application for applicants requesting more than $10,000 in ARPA money.

The request for proposals is available here:

The small project application (up to $10,000) is available here:

The large project application (more than $10,000) is available here:

The ARPA scoring guidelines are available here:

Applicants – or anyone considering applying – may ask questions at three information sessions that will be attended by members of the mayor’s staff and the advisory commission. All three will be hybrid meetings with in-person participation in the City Council chambers, Municipal Office Building, 212 Main St., and remote participation via Zoom. The dates are:
Thursday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m.

Questions and answers from the information sessions will be posted after each meeting on the city’s ARPA page at

The commission will send its recommendations for funding to the mayor who will announce the awards in December. The money will be distributed in early 2023.