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The City of Lynn is Seeking American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Project Proposals from the Community

The City of Lynn is Seeking American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Project Proposals from the Community

The City of Lynn is seeking ideas to spend a portion of the $75 million that the community received as part of the American Rescue Plan Act.

Mayor Nicholson’s administration and the Lynn City Council are seeking proposals from local community-based organizations, non-profits, and businesses that meet the objectives of the ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, and are aligned with the City of Lynn’s spending and strategic priorities. Community organizations can request funding through an application form onlineApplication collection will close at midnight on May 31, 2022. There will be future opportunities to submit projects.The proposed projects must be obligated/contracted by December 31, 2024 and all project funds must be spent by December 31, 2026. The City’s Application Guidelines for ARPA Project Funding webpage provides more information about eligibility and the evaluation/selection process. 

Project submission forms are now available for city departments, agencies, commissions, non-profits and outside agencies. A community member form has also been developed for residents and businesses to formally suggest projects that they feel should be initiated by the City through ARPA funding. Each form asks for basic information about the proposed project and its outcomes: 

Project submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria: 

  1. Project eligibility under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  
  2. Clear and well-defined project description and budget.   
  3. Project cost.  
  4. Project sustainability (e.g., one-time v. recurring cost).  
  5. Ability for the project to be completed within the ARPA timeline requirements.  
  6. Identification of social return on investment (SROI) or cost-benefit.  
  7. Identification of outcomes for residents disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., communities of color, people with disabilities, low-to-moderate income residents or elders). 

The City will be hosting several workshops for members of the community that would like assistance submitting their project ideas. Additional translation services will be available with an RSVP emailed to info@LynnARPA.com  

Saturday, May 14, 2022 | Briarcliff Lodge | 112 Kenwood Drive, Lynn MA  

  • 9:00AM – 12:00PM 
  • 1:00PM – 4:00PM

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | Lynn Auditorium | 3 City Hall Square, Lynn MA 

  • 5:30PM – 8:00PM 

Sunday, May 22, 2022 | YMCA of Metro North: Demakes Family Campus Community Room | 20 Neptune Boulevard, Lynn, MA  

  • 9:00AM – 12:00PM 
  • 1:00PM – 4:00PM 

The community ARPA survey in which residents and business owners were asked about their broad needs and suggestions for ARPA funding closed on March 31, 2022. The City of Lynn gathered over 1,650 survey entries during the collection period. Community engagement sessions were held in each Ward throughout March, allowing community members to share their perspectives on areas for improvement they feel are most important to the community. The feedback shed light on such topics as parks and green space, the cost of housing, improvements to roadways and sidewalks, litter, and many other areas. 

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our residents, businesses, and organizations in Lynn to play an active role in shaping our community. I encourage residents and interested parties to complete the online application process. Investments like this will have a substantial impact on our community as whole for years to come,” said Mayor Jared Nicholson. 

“Lynn residents and business owners know what’s best for our City. We are eager and excited to finally get this project suggestion form out into our community so we can support initiatives and projects that will strengthen Lynn across multiple sectors, ensuring that we keep moving forward in the right direction,said Councilor-At-Large, Brian Field. 

To date, the city has dedicated $13.5 million to improving the air quality in its municipal-owned buildings by replacing and upgrading the HVAC systems throughout public buildings in Lynn. $500,000 is being directed to purchase rapid COVID antigen test kits and $3 million is being allocated to the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Lynn (EDIC) for small business relief grants. The remaining $58 million will be dedicated toward initiatives and priorities which will be developed through this robust community engagement. In order to receive input from as many of the City’s diverse population as possible, $800,000 is being allocated for citywide translators. 

The City of Lynn is committed to creating a fully transparent and equitable process for all aspects of investing these ARPA funds into our community. LynnARPA.com is your source for the most up-to-date information on how funds are being used, how to apply for funding, and opportunities to ask questions and share feedback. Questions regarding project submittals should be directed to: info@LynnARPA.com   

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