The enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and specifically the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (LFRF), has provided the City with significant funding to be used to help the City, its local businesses, families, and individuals recover from the major negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City’s total ARPA funding is $21.97 million. The first tranche of $10.98 million was received August 13, 2021. The remaining 50% is supposed to be paid 12 months later, August 2022.

The FY2022 Adopted Budget includes uses of the funds as follows (excluding recovery of lost revenue):
– Contractual for administration and compliance & related FICA $ 107,650
– Grants and assistance:
Food service organizations 350,000
Business/non-profits 2,000,000
Families/individuals 250,000
– COVID specific costs (PPE, cleaning, public outreach, etc.) 320,000
– Equipment 50,000
Total proposed uses $ 3,077,650

Although staff is still in the process of developing programs for the business grants and family/individual assistance, immediate contributions can be made to local food service organizations. These organizations continue to see significant increase in demand for food assistance to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and additional funding is much needed.

Based on the community needs and the work by these organizations, staff is recommending contributions of up to $50,000 be made to Meals on Wheels of College Park, College Park Community Food Bank, Community Meals Program at College Park United Methodist, and Route 1 Communities Care.

Staff will evaluate the organization’s capacity and proposed uses to determine if the full $50,000 should be provided initially for operating or small capital expenditures. Further recommendation of an additional $50,000 each to the same organizations may be considered in January or February 2022. If an organization would like for the City to consider supporting a larger capital expenditure, staff recommends that the request be considered separately.

The City provided grants in FY2021 and FY2020 to three of these organizations totaling of $174,000 which were reimbursed from the Coronavirus Relief Fund spending plan with Prince George’s County.

[City of College Park]