American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

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The City of Columbia received a total of $25.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to address the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first half of this funding has been designated for initiatives related to homelessness, community violence, behavioral crisis care mental health services, and workforce development. The City Council requested that the second half be allocated to priority areas identified by the community. A community-wide survey was conducted during the month of June 2022 to gather feedback. The survey data was accompanied by rich conversations collected via focus groups, which were conducted in the month of August, 2022. Thanks to everyone who participated in this process. The full report of the community engagement survey and focus groups can be found here.

Proposals were scored on alignment with ARPA priorities and the City strategic plan, demonstration of need, efficiency (program costs per individual and project goals), equity impact, outcome measurement, and financial sustainability past 2026.

On September 28th, 2023, a press release was published announcing Council’s intent to fund selected entities. Council voted to approve this resolution at their regular council meeting on Monday, October 2nd. You can find the list of organizations selected to receive ARPA funds in the documents tab labeled “ARPA Exhibit A”.

Proposals and letters of intent, along with scoring, can be found here.

Currently, the City is working with organizations to implement the projects that were funded. Thank you to all organizations who applied, and we look forward to investing in our community together!

Questions can be submitted below or for issues send an email to ARPA@como.gov


The City of Columbia received a total of $25.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to address the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first half of this funding has been designated for initiatives related to homelessness, community violence, behavioral crisis care mental health services, and workforce development. The City Council requested that the second half be allocated to priority areas identified by the community. A community-wide survey was conducted during the month of June 2022 to gather feedback. The survey data was accompanied by rich conversations collected via focus groups, which were conducted in the month of August, 2022. Thanks to everyone who participated in this process. The full report of the community engagement survey and focus groups can be found here.

Proposals were scored on alignment with ARPA priorities and the City strategic plan, demonstration of need, efficiency (program costs per individual and project goals), equity impact, outcome measurement, and financial sustainability past 2026.

On September 28th, 2023, a press release was published announcing Council’s intent to fund selected entities. Council voted to approve this resolution at their regular council meeting on Monday, October 2nd. You can find the list of organizations selected to receive ARPA funds in the documents tab labeled “ARPA Exhibit A”.

Proposals and letters of intent, along with scoring, can be found here.

Currently, the City is working with organizations to implement the projects that were funded. Thank you to all organizations who applied, and we look forward to investing in our community together!

Questions can be submitted below or for issues send an email to ARPA@como.gov


ARPA Q and A

Please submit your questions about the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Community Engagement project or ARPA funding project. City staff will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

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  • Share Good Afternoon, I have a few questions regarding the ARPA funds that are available. I'm wondering what the deadline to turn in a Proposal for a Non-profit is? Also when will the next round of funding be available? This is my first Non-Profit so I'm asking questions to navigate through the process. Thank you on Facebook Share Good Afternoon, I have a few questions regarding the ARPA funds that are available. I'm wondering what the deadline to turn in a Proposal for a Non-profit is? Also when will the next round of funding be available? This is my first Non-Profit so I'm asking questions to navigate through the process. Thank you on Twitter Share Good Afternoon, I have a few questions regarding the ARPA funds that are available. I'm wondering what the deadline to turn in a Proposal for a Non-profit is? Also when will the next round of funding be available? This is my first Non-Profit so I'm asking questions to navigate through the process. Thank you on Linkedin Email Good Afternoon, I have a few questions regarding the ARPA funds that are available. I'm wondering what the deadline to turn in a Proposal for a Non-profit is? Also when will the next round of funding be available? This is my first Non-Profit so I'm asking questions to navigate through the process. Thank you link

    Good Afternoon, I have a few questions regarding the ARPA funds that are available. I'm wondering what the deadline to turn in a Proposal for a Non-profit is? Also when will the next round of funding be available? This is my first Non-Profit so I'm asking questions to navigate through the process. Thank you

    Bridget B asked 5 months ago

    Hello, unfortunately, the application process for City ARPA funding is closed, as all of the City's ARPA grantees have been identified. 

  • Share Hello, I’m curious how small businesses in Columbia can apply to receive or learn about eligibility to receive funds from Columbia’s ARPA? Any information you can provide would be helpful. Thank you. on Facebook Share Hello, I’m curious how small businesses in Columbia can apply to receive or learn about eligibility to receive funds from Columbia’s ARPA? Any information you can provide would be helpful. Thank you. on Twitter Share Hello, I’m curious how small businesses in Columbia can apply to receive or learn about eligibility to receive funds from Columbia’s ARPA? Any information you can provide would be helpful. Thank you. on Linkedin Email Hello, I’m curious how small businesses in Columbia can apply to receive or learn about eligibility to receive funds from Columbia’s ARPA? Any information you can provide would be helpful. Thank you. link

    Hello, I’m curious how small businesses in Columbia can apply to receive or learn about eligibility to receive funds from Columbia’s ARPA? Any information you can provide would be helpful. Thank you.

    Joel asked 6 months ago

    Hello, thanks for your question. The City of Columbia ARPA funds have been allocated, however, Boone County is currently accepting ARPA applications until 5:00PM on January 26th. Here is a link for more information about County ARPA funds: https://www.showmeboone.com/commission/arpa.asp

  • Share How will the "Community Violence" funds be used? on Facebook Share How will the "Community Violence" funds be used? on Twitter Share How will the "Community Violence" funds be used? on Linkedin Email How will the "Community Violence" funds be used? link

    How will the "Community Violence" funds be used?

    dennisbahls asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The following proposals focusing on community violence were selected to be funded:

    • In2Action’s community enrichment program - $750,000

    • Columbia Supreme’s Youth Mentoring Program - $150,000

    • United Community Builder’s Beacon of Light Community Center - $750,000

    • Destiny of H.O.P.E.’s Critical Change Gang Prevention Program - $320,000

    • Boone County Nature School - $200,000

    • To see the contents of the proposals, please visit this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1QJ3tlComsfcJQ17SqJlU33GOi9N2iZIh

  • Share I like the plan. Now when will this money start funding really projects? Especially homelessness, housing and community safety? on Facebook Share I like the plan. Now when will this money start funding really projects? Especially homelessness, housing and community safety? on Twitter Share I like the plan. Now when will this money start funding really projects? Especially homelessness, housing and community safety? on Linkedin Email I like the plan. Now when will this money start funding really projects? Especially homelessness, housing and community safety? link

    I like the plan. Now when will this money start funding really projects? Especially homelessness, housing and community safety?

    Khoreekage asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question. A dedicated team at the City is working to get contracts in place as quickly as possible. Timing will depend on when we receive all necessary documentation and when we are able to get items on the agenda for final council approval. We are hopeful that we will have at least some contracts executed by the end of this calendar year.

  • Share PLEASE, could we set up grants to individual home owners in places like first ward/Central Columbia for alternative energy utilities. Personally I really want a geo-sourced heat pump with solar panels to help make my house completely electric and still something I can afford to pay. So many lower income home owners would like to upgrade and work towards carbon-neutral and environmentally friend energy sources, but we lack the capital to pay the initial costs!! Even with tax deductions, I just can't afford to jump without some sort of help! My old house has other things that need fixing which take priority, so that utilities are never an option. on Facebook Share PLEASE, could we set up grants to individual home owners in places like first ward/Central Columbia for alternative energy utilities. Personally I really want a geo-sourced heat pump with solar panels to help make my house completely electric and still something I can afford to pay. So many lower income home owners would like to upgrade and work towards carbon-neutral and environmentally friend energy sources, but we lack the capital to pay the initial costs!! Even with tax deductions, I just can't afford to jump without some sort of help! My old house has other things that need fixing which take priority, so that utilities are never an option. on Twitter Share PLEASE, could we set up grants to individual home owners in places like first ward/Central Columbia for alternative energy utilities. Personally I really want a geo-sourced heat pump with solar panels to help make my house completely electric and still something I can afford to pay. So many lower income home owners would like to upgrade and work towards carbon-neutral and environmentally friend energy sources, but we lack the capital to pay the initial costs!! Even with tax deductions, I just can't afford to jump without some sort of help! My old house has other things that need fixing which take priority, so that utilities are never an option. on Linkedin Email PLEASE, could we set up grants to individual home owners in places like first ward/Central Columbia for alternative energy utilities. Personally I really want a geo-sourced heat pump with solar panels to help make my house completely electric and still something I can afford to pay. So many lower income home owners would like to upgrade and work towards carbon-neutral and environmentally friend energy sources, but we lack the capital to pay the initial costs!! Even with tax deductions, I just can't afford to jump without some sort of help! My old house has other things that need fixing which take priority, so that utilities are never an option. link

    PLEASE, could we set up grants to individual home owners in places like first ward/Central Columbia for alternative energy utilities. Personally I really want a geo-sourced heat pump with solar panels to help make my house completely electric and still something I can afford to pay. So many lower income home owners would like to upgrade and work towards carbon-neutral and environmentally friend energy sources, but we lack the capital to pay the initial costs!! Even with tax deductions, I just can't afford to jump without some sort of help! My old house has other things that need fixing which take priority, so that utilities are never an option.

    kt asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question. We did not receive any proposals addressing alternative energy. One of the proposals selected for ARPA funds was utility assistance, which will provide additional funding for the City’s existing program. If you are interested in discussing options for assistance, please reach out to our social services division at 573-874-7488.

  • Share Hi, was the humane society not allowed to be considered in any capacity? I'm thinking even as it relates to public health and animal control. I'm very curious and would love your thoughts. Thanks! Jen Horton on Facebook Share Hi, was the humane society not allowed to be considered in any capacity? I'm thinking even as it relates to public health and animal control. I'm very curious and would love your thoughts. Thanks! Jen Horton on Twitter Share Hi, was the humane society not allowed to be considered in any capacity? I'm thinking even as it relates to public health and animal control. I'm very curious and would love your thoughts. Thanks! Jen Horton on Linkedin Email Hi, was the humane society not allowed to be considered in any capacity? I'm thinking even as it relates to public health and animal control. I'm very curious and would love your thoughts. Thanks! Jen Horton link

    Hi, was the humane society not allowed to be considered in any capacity? I'm thinking even as it relates to public health and animal control. I'm very curious and would love your thoughts. Thanks! Jen Horton

    Jenniferhorton1972 asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The categories that were opened for funding consideration were workforce development and support, mental health, community violence, access to services, homelessness, and affordable housing. All organizations were able to submit applications for consideration.

  • Share What are the start and end dates for the ARPA Homelessness funding? on Facebook Share What are the start and end dates for the ARPA Homelessness funding? on Twitter Share What are the start and end dates for the ARPA Homelessness funding? on Linkedin Email What are the start and end dates for the ARPA Homelessness funding? link

    What are the start and end dates for the ARPA Homelessness funding?

    clarkmj asked about 1 year ago

    Hi, if you are referring to the application for ARPA funding related to homelessness, submissions were accepted from 2/17/23-2/27/23 (RFP 89/2023). Let us know if this did not answer your question.

  • Share Hi there. I'm working on my Apricot Submission. As a new company, I am still in the process of developing many of the items listed under 'General Information' within the Org Profile. Examples include: bylaws, strategic plan, etc. Is everything listed here required? on Facebook Share Hi there. I'm working on my Apricot Submission. As a new company, I am still in the process of developing many of the items listed under 'General Information' within the Org Profile. Examples include: bylaws, strategic plan, etc. Is everything listed here required? on Twitter Share Hi there. I'm working on my Apricot Submission. As a new company, I am still in the process of developing many of the items listed under 'General Information' within the Org Profile. Examples include: bylaws, strategic plan, etc. Is everything listed here required? on Linkedin Email Hi there. I'm working on my Apricot Submission. As a new company, I am still in the process of developing many of the items listed under 'General Information' within the Org Profile. Examples include: bylaws, strategic plan, etc. Is everything listed here required? link

    Hi there. I'm working on my Apricot Submission. As a new company, I am still in the process of developing many of the items listed under 'General Information' within the Org Profile. Examples include: bylaws, strategic plan, etc. Is everything listed here required?

    Rachel asked about 1 year ago

    Hi, we just ask that you fill out the organizational profile to the best of your ability. We will request additional information as needed. Thanks for your question!

  • Share Affordable housing was listed as a funding project for later rounds. It looks like this page no longer mentions later funding rounds. Was there a change or will there be a round that includes affordable housing (not homelessness). on Facebook Share Affordable housing was listed as a funding project for later rounds. It looks like this page no longer mentions later funding rounds. Was there a change or will there be a round that includes affordable housing (not homelessness). on Twitter Share Affordable housing was listed as a funding project for later rounds. It looks like this page no longer mentions later funding rounds. Was there a change or will there be a round that includes affordable housing (not homelessness). on Linkedin Email Affordable housing was listed as a funding project for later rounds. It looks like this page no longer mentions later funding rounds. Was there a change or will there be a round that includes affordable housing (not homelessness). link

    Affordable housing was listed as a funding project for later rounds. It looks like this page no longer mentions later funding rounds. Was there a change or will there be a round that includes affordable housing (not homelessness).

    Austin asked over 1 year ago

    Applications were accepted for affordable housing and access to services from 3/6/2023-3/22/2023 (RFP 105/2023). At this time, the City is no longer accepting applications for ARPA funding. 

  • Share What document outside of the Q and A were the deadline and time published? on Facebook Share What document outside of the Q and A were the deadline and time published? on Twitter Share What document outside of the Q and A were the deadline and time published? on Linkedin Email What document outside of the Q and A were the deadline and time published? link

    What document outside of the Q and A were the deadline and time published?

    Anthony asked over 1 year ago

    The deadline and time of closure were published in the City's RFP, as well as in the newspaper. RFPs can be found on the bidding site at https://www.como.gov/finance/vendors/bid-solicitations/

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