Schenectady

Schenectady launches applications for American Rescue Plan funds

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SCHENECTADY — The city on Tuesday announced it is now accepting applications for the nearly $53 million in funding the city received through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Applications to receive a portion of the city’s Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds are available online (https://bit.ly/3EcBvHF) or at Schenectady City Hall. The tentative deadline to apply for funding for this initial round is Dec. 31.

To receive funding, applicants must meet one or more of the CLFRF-eligible expenditure categories and at least one of the goals outlined in the city’s Five-Year Consolidated Plan, which includes supporting housing opportunities, economic and workforce development and enhancing local neighborhoods.

Categories include responding to the ongoing public health emergency, providing premium pay for frontline workers and investing in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.

The American Rescue Plan Act, the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill approved by Congress earlier this year, provided more than $65 billion in direct funding to local governments to help aid ongoing recovery efforts.

Schenectady received $52.9 million in funds under the law. The city has already received $26.4 million and is expected to receive the remaining balance sometime next spring.

Just a small portion of the funds have been spent so far, including $8.9 million the city used to recoup lost funds and $4.3 million allocated as part of next year’s budget.

The city has until Dec. 31, 2024, to allocate the funds and until Dec. 31, 2026, to spend the money. Unspent funds must be returned to the federal government.

Earlier this fall, the city hosted a series of community meetings to gain input from residents on how they would like to see the funds spent. An online survey was also released to gain additional feedback. Results from the survey, released earlier this month, found that residents were overwhelmingly concerned about improving infrastructure and addressing safety and quality of life issues.

“We had great turnout in every neighborhood at each of these meetings, which allowed for positive and productive discussions on how we can best move our community forward and build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mayor Gary McCarthy said in a statement.

The city will host a series of virtual informational sessions next week to help familiarize potential applicants with the application process.

Attendance is encouraged.

The informational sessions will take place via WebEx on Dec. 8.

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WebEx Link

Event Number: 2431 173 0332

Password: w8JJ3rMFDJ4 (98553763 from phones)

Join by phone: 1-415-655-0001

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WebEx Link

Event Number: 2423 261 3400

Password: DYtwzYD46Q3 (39899934 from phones)

Join by phone: 1-415-655-0001

For questions or additional information, applicants should contact the city’s Department of Development at: 518-382-5199 ext. 5455, or by emailing: [email protected].

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.

Categories: News, Schenectady County

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