PUEBLO – The City of Pueblo encourages those with project ideas for use of American Rescue Plan Act funding to submit proposals for review by Friday, October 1, 2021. This will be the final deadline for any funding requests wishing to be considered in 2021. The City anticipates accepting requests again in early 2022. Qualified projects will respond to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19) or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality. The project submission form can be found online at https://www.pueblo.us/2706/ARPA.
Project submissions are evaluated by working groups comprised of community volunteers within seven pillars. The City of Pueblo’s seven pillars as identified by Mayor Gradisar are Individuals and Households, Youth, Small Business, Non-profits, Tourism & Hospitality, Infrastructure, and Community Resilience. Evaluators consider items such as sustainability, community benefit, equity, and eligibility based on federal regulations. Highly rated projects are referred to Mayor Gradisar for approval and recommendation to City Council for action.
During last night’s City Council meeting, Council voted to approve 10 community projects for a total of $1,287,003 including funding to All Pueblo Grows, Children First, Colorado Legal Services, Health Solutions, Pueblo Community Gardens, Pueblo Community Soup Kitchen, Pueblo Cooperative Care, and Rocky Mountain SER. This action makes $1,858,409 the total ARPA funding distributed by the City to date. City Council also authorized $1,080,446 for premium pay for sworn officers of the City’s Police and Fire Departments who performed essential work during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
The City of Pueblo received $18.3 million in 2021 and is expected to receive approximately $18.3 million in 2022 from the American Rescue Plan Act. The focus of these funds is immediate stabilization and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This one-time funding must be encumbered by December 31, 2024.