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Funding Opportunities

Eligible Uses of Funding

ARPA funds provide a substantial infusion of resources to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery. Eligible uses of ARPA funding include:

  • Supporting urgent COVID-19 response efforts to continue to decrease the spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control
  • Replacing lost revenue to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs
  • Providing assistance to small businesses, households, and hard-hit industries and communities hardest hit by COVID-19
  • Investing in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure

For more information about how funds can be used, go to the US Department of the Treasury Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

Community Fund Allocation

To date, the city has dedicated $13.5 million to improving the air quality in our 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 by the community following through 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.  

This effort will identify the City’s most urgent needs in areas such as:

  • Housing (prioritizing eviction prevention, anti-displacement, and minority homeownership initiatives)

  • Food Security

  • Workforce Development (prioritizing digital access and childcare and early childhood education initiatives)

  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development

  • Environmental Health & Open Space

  • Behavioral & Mental Health

The utilization of these funds will be a multi-year process and will:

  • Prioritize investments with potential for long-term impact

  • Institutionalize equity

  • Maximize opportunities for those most impacted

  • Leverage additional funding sources to increase benefits for residents and small businesses

  • Increase social capital and resilience

  • Identify barriers and fill gaps

  • Seed social infrastructure

  • Build impact assessment into all programs

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