Applications sought for ARPA funding

Applications will be accepted through Aug. 15 for requests for funding allocated through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The Grand Junction City Council appointed a committee to recommend how to use state and local fiscal recovery funds the city received under ARPA. 

The committee recommended the city allocate funds to projects addressing housing, homelessness and mental and behavioral health.

A total of $9 million is available. Earlier this year, the city allocated $1.4 million to Visit Grand Junction, the Grand Junction Regional Air Alliance and Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission to offset the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions on the tourism and lodging industry.

Applications for funding are available from the city manager’s office in Grand Junction City Hall. The committee will review applications and recommend selections to the city council for funding.

Eligible projects will include those addressing:

Housing, including programs and services intended to increase affordable housing for low-income households. Projects could include affordable housing acquisition, development, preservation and rehabilitation as well as community land trusts and land banking.

Homelessness, including programs and services for individuals and families experiencing homeless. Projects could involve crisis response, employment services and recovery support as well as new programs to mitigate homelessness.

Mental and behavioral health, including programs or services to help individuals experiencing mental health and substance abuse issues and related challenges. Projects could involve counseling, intervention and treatment as well as other support services.

The committee and city staff will evaluate applications based on how projects address needs, the readiness to proceed, capacity to implement, budgets and long-term sustainability.

For more information, contact Johnny McFarland, assistant to the city manager, at 244-1505 or johnnym@gjcity.org.