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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits in Eligible Locations for Support in the Wake of COVID-19

Project Funding

GrantWatch ID# 207510
Agency: Local

Funding Source
City of Somervillea, American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts: Somerville Area

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/03/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for support in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for activities and programs that benefit local communities. Priority is given to projects that prioritize communities that have been the hardest hit by the pandemic and residents who are disproportionately impacted by systemic injustice. Eligible proposals benefit the residents of Somerville.

The following topic areas will be prioritized for ARPA funding. Each topic will receive at least some funding, with the full group of high-priority topics receiving no less than 60% and no more than 80% of the remaining funds.

High-Priority Topics: Project examples include but are not limited to:

  • Housing
    • Housing affordability programs
    • Development of affordable housing¬†
    • Assistance for unhoused populations
  • Infrastructure
    • Water projects
    • Sewer projects
    • Broadband access projects
    • Transportation projects
    • Streetscape improvements
  • Youth and Education
    • Supports for families, especially with children with disabilities
    • Teen job opportunities
    • Responsive, student-driven projects
    • Out-of-school time care opportunities
  • Economic Development
    • Workforce development projects
    • Small business assistance programs
    • Business incubation projects

The remaining funds should go toward projects in the following topic areas, not in any particular order:

  • Near-term direct service
    • Food access
    • Basic needs
    • Cash assistance
    • Family supports
  • Behavioral health services
    • Service provision and expansion, particularly for typically under-served populations such as elders and immigrants
    • Service affordability and subsidy
    • New models for service provision and training
  • Cost of living affordability
    • Transportation affordability
    • Fuel assistance
    • Healthcare affordability
    • General household supplies and needs
  • Improving City services
    • Interpretation and translation access
    • Connection to resources
    • Integrating data systems and case management
    • Improving connectivity between service providers
  • Community programming
    • Services for youths, seniors, immigrants, and more
    • Arts and cultural programs
  • Community cohesion
    • Mutual aid projects
    • Community center planning
  • Climate and environment
    • Physical infrastructure changes
    • Incentive programs and encouragement opportunities


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Funding will provide project support for 501(c)3 nonprofits serving the Somerville community.

Non-governmental organizations that want to apply for ARPA funds must have a UEI number and be paired with a municipal liaison to assist with administrative tasks.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline to apply is February 3, 2023.

Applications will be reviewed after the portal closes, and recipients are expected to receive notice of funding in spring 2023.

Applicants should connect with the ARPA office to discuss the project idea. Applicants must also request access to the ARPA application portal by submitting the form below (in Contact Information).

Additional information:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
$50,000 or more

Term of Contract
At this time, the project period will go from July 2023 until July 2024.

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