April 25, 2024

Community Matters – Local Nonprofits Benefit from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding

Written by Sigrid Kun, Guilford Events Magazine

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021(ARPA) addressed the negative economic impacts resulting from COVID-19. The town allocated $1 million of this federal funding to bolster the vital work of local nonprofits still recovering from the pandemic. The Guilford Foundation was entrusted to lead the process.

Community Leadership in Action.
As a respected resource with deep community roots and a rigorous grantmaking process, TGF led the ARPA funding allocation process from start to finish.

TGF is one of the trusted organizations on the Shoreline in assessing the needs of nonpro­fits in Guilford,” remarked Guilford First Selectman Matt Hoey. “They were instrumental in getting Covid relief to individuals and families. In my mind’s eye, there was no better choice.”

TGF’s arduous review process adopted a unique approach by focusing on established priorities such as basic needs, youth development, and mental health awareness. The process attracted many new grant applications and facilitated important large projects, including enabling personnel hiring and revitalizing programming and marketing efforts.

“The $1 million allocation is an investment in the well-being and prosperity of our town,” noted TGF Executive Director Liza Janssen Petra. “By supporting local nonprofits, we are advancing the resilience and strength of our community.”

Examples of ARPA Funds at Work.
TGF’s process resulted in 34 awards, with grants ranging from $5,000 to $75,000. ‑ The impact of funding is already felt.

Orchard House Medical Adult Day Center—Orchard House is adding a van to its operations to continue offering programming to those without access.

Guilford Interfaith Volunteers—ARPA funding allowed Charlie’s Closet (a used medical equipment supplier) to enclose the waiting area for its customers and staff.

Guilford Fund for Education – ARPA funds allow GFFE to recoup losses from not hosting fundraising events and cover important educator grants.

Guilford Agricultural Society – Numerous infrastructure upgrades were executed to make the Guilford Fair COVID-safe.

Witness Stones Project, Inc. – ARPA funds permit hiring a part-time fundraiser/business manager to broaden revenue sources.

To learn more about the Guilford ARPA award recipients, click here.


Bottom Icon