City of Bridgeport officials remind applicants that two hard copies of their submission for American Rescue Plan funding are due to the Purchasing Department, 999 Broad Street, by Tuesday, August 31 at 2 p.m.
The City made this funding available under the following categories:
Small Business Relief
· Small Business Expansion
· Storefront Improvements
· Affordable Housing, Rental Assistance, and Homelessness Assistance
· Visual and Performing Arts
· Domestic Violence, Mental Health, and/or Addiction Services
· Faith Based Initiatives
· Nutrition Insecurity
· Public Safety & Crime Prevention
· Residential Weatherization Services
· Workforce Development
· Youth and Education
· Community Health Services< · Second Chance and Reentry NEXT STEPS
Once all applications are submitted, selection committees for each RFP consisting of three or more non-conflicted representatives from pertinent city departments, the City Council, and the community will be convened to review the applications for each area of funding.
Selection committees will approve awards for the first year of funding, with the potential for non-profit service contracts to be renewed for an additional two years if funding is available and if the grantee has complied with program requirements and reporting.
The City of Bridgeport announced on August 2nd that it allocated $25 Million to be available to Bridgeport small businesses and non-profit organizations. The funds provided by the American Rescue Plan are in response to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
About the American Rescue Plan: The Federal Government, through the American Rescue Plan, has allocated $350 billion in direct funding to eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. The City of Bridgeport has been allocated $110 million to spend through December of 2024. Funding must be used to help respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with guidelines from the U.S. Treasury Department.