Burlington launches ARPA-funded $1 million grant program for nonprofit pandemic recovery

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Mayor Miro Weinberger announced the City of Burlington is launching a grant program to support the work being done by non-profit organizations in the City of Burlington to support individuals, households, and industries that were disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We still have a lot of work to do to repair the economic and social damage of the pandemic,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “This program will empower key local partners to lead this recovery and help us build a stronger, more equitable future.”

The grant program uses up to $1 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, and grants will range in size from $10,000 to $150,000. Applicants must be registered with the State of Vermont as a non-profit organization and must use the funds for work within the City of Burlington to address public health and economic impacts on households, populations, or groups that experienced or continue to experience pandemic impacts.

Kara Alnasrawi, Director of Business and Workforce Development for the City of Burlington, said her staff has already begun outreach to area organizations and expects a diverse and competitive applicant pool.

“Our goal is to deploy these federal relief dollars as effectively as possible to support an equitable recovery,” said Alnasrawi. “By partnering with direct service providers in the non-profit sector who already have established relationships and programs in our community, we will be able to reach the families and businesses that were most impacted by the pandemic with the support they need.”

Initial applications will be accepted until November 15th, 2022 and can be submitted online here. Full details of the grant program can be found here. Additional applications may be accepted after November 15th based on funding availability.

10.25.2022. Burlington, VT – Office of Mayor Miro Weinberger