American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

The City of Flint was allocated $94.7 million from the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (“SLFRF”). These funds must be obligated by December 31, 2024 and expended by December 31, 2026.

Watch the Recording: ARPA Community Webinar

The City of Flint hosted a webinar to orient prospective applicants to the ARPA Community Grant Programs application on Thursday, February 2. Watch the video to learn more about the ARPA Community Grant Programs application process. You can also view the webinar slide deck.

Community Grant Program Funding: $15,660,000

The City of Flint administration and Flint City Council have allocated $15,660,000 for community grant programs. Eligible organizations can now apply for funds to administer community programs that will serve Flint residents in the following community priority areas. The application period is open as of January 23, 2023 and will close March 27, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Housing & Blight Elimination: $8,160,000 total
Home repair and improvement grants: $5,000,000 available
Gap financing for residential and mixed-use projects: $1,400,000 available
Neighborhood cleanup: $1,210,000
Grants for alternative uses of vacant lots: $500,000 available
Homeowner education: $50,000 available

Public Health: $4,500,000 total
Healthcare equity, access, and research: $2,000,000 available
Increasing food access: $1,000,000 available
Mental health referrals and services support: $1,000,000 available
Youth wellness (education, leadership, recreation): $500,000 available

Economic Development – $3 million total
Youth job training: $2,500,000 available
Small business grant program: $500,000 available

This application is for eligible nonprofits, businesses, and community-based organizations that will administer programs—for example, home repair and improvement, or youth job training. Flint residents will then receive services through those programs, which will be widely publicized to ensure that they are accessible. Through this application process, the City of Flint will identify Flint-based organizations who have subject matter expertise, as well as the capacity and experience to deliver services to Flint residents in an equitable way.

How will funding award decisions be made?

Final funding award decisions will be made by the Flint City Council and Mayor Neeley. The grant applications will be reviewed by an ARPA Community Advisory Committee comprising Flint residents from each ward, who will make funding recommendations to the city council and the mayor.

Assistance for applicants

Help is available for nonprofits, businesses, and community-based organizations interested in applying for funds. Prospective applicants can email [email protected] or contact one of the following technical assistance providers to request help:

Flint Innovative Solutions
Athena McKay
[email protected]
810-529-6607

Neighborhood Engagement Hub
Michelle Kachelski
[email protected]
810-214-4829

North Flint Neighborhood Action Council
Patrick McNeal
[email protected]
810-219-9515

The Power Initiative
Claricha Evans
[email protected]
313-405-7624

Social Impact Philanthropy & Investment (SIPI)
Steve Wolbert
[email protected]
810-624-6430

ARPA Community Advisory Committee

ARPA Community Advisory Committee selection is pending and members will be announced soon. The committee will be comprised of Flint residents from each ward, who will help evaluate ARPA community grant proposals and make award recommendations related to the $15,660,000 available for community grant programs. The committee’s recommendations will be reviewed by Mayor Neeley and Flint City Council, who will make the final decision on funding awards. Flint residents who have experience in any of the ARPA program areas were encouraged to apply.

The application to join the Flint ARPA Community Advisory Committee is now closed. Flint residents interested in serving on the committee were invited to submit an application for consideration from December 6, 2022 to January 5, 2023. All applications were due by 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 5, 2023.

ARPA News

City of Flint allocates $3.25 million toward redevelopment of Buick City brownfield

Ashley Capital is under contract to purchase the 350-acre former Buick City site from Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response (RACER) Trust, and plans to develop a state-of-the-art industrial park that is expected to bring about 3,000 jobs to the City of Flint.

$39.5 Million Secured to Demolish up to 1,910 Blighted Structures in Flint and Genesee County

The City of Flint has leveraged $16 million in ARPA funding into a $39.5 million demolition partnership with the Genesee County Land Bank. Other funding sources for demolition include $8 million in ARPA funding from Genesee County, $10 million in grant funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, $4.5 million from the Land Bank and the Genesee County Treasurer, and $1 million in Community Project Funding through Congressman Kildee’s office.

$300 credit applied to all residential water accounts in the City of Flint

As of September 30, the City of Flint has applied $300 credits to all residential accounts with active meters—a total of 28,057 accounts. This represents an $8.4 million investment of ARPA funds, providing an immediate reduction in the cost of water for Flint residents.

ARPA is a transformative investment in our community

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (”ARPA”) into law, providing $1.9 trillion in aid to facilitate the nation’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic. In response to the significant negative impacts of COVID-19 at the local level, Congress appropriated $350 billion to the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (“SLFRF”), in what was the largest single investment in state, local, territorial, and tribal government in the last century.

► Four eligible use categories were established by the U.S. Treasury Department:

  1. Respond to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency or Negative Economic Impacts
  2. Premium Pay for Essential Workers
  3. Water, Sewer and Broadband Infrastructure
  4. Government Services to the Extent the Pandemic Reduced Revenue

ARPA Funding Updates

Resource Description Actions
ARPA funding allocations as of Sept. 22, 2022 Learn how ARPA funds have been allocated so far. Open File | Download
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding plan presentation View the administration's draft spending plan, presented to Flint City Council June 14, 2022. Open File | Download