The City of Gloucester is offering a grant program to local non-profit organizations that are working to assist in Gloucester’s recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. This Request for Proposal (RFP) is for activities and programs eligible as part of the ARPA category of “Addressing Public Health and Economic Impacts” through Non-Profit Social and Human Services and Community-Serving Non-Profit Public Facilities Improvements.


Applications will be due to the City of Gloucester’s Community Development Department by no later than 12:00 PM on Friday, October 13th, 2023. Applications must be submitted online using the application portal:

Applications are no longer accepted as of 12:00 PM on Friday, October 13th, 2023.



Applicants interested in applying for ARPA funds must:

  Have an activity or program that addresses a local need and meets the eligible category of “Addressing Public Health and Economic Impacts” and responds to the needs of the City of Gloucester;

  Be eligible to participate in Federal, state and locally-funded programs;

  Register on and obtain and Unique Entity Identifier (UEI);

  Have a functioning accounting system and protocols that are operated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or have designated an entity that will maintain such an accounting system;

  Be a 501(c)(3) with a Board of Directors or be able to provide accountant produced financials;

  Provide a current budget for the proposed project or program; AND

  Applicant and its affiliates or subsidiaries must be current in all financial obligations with the City of Gloucester. The City of Gloucester will not fund an organization or agency with defaulted loans, tax arrearages, debarment actions or any other legal encumbrances, regardless of the merits of the submitted proposal. 



The City of Gloucester has committed $1,500,000.00 in ARPA funding for this program. All funding allocated to any awarded projects or programs through this Request for Proposal process will be contingent on SLFRF funding available to the City of Gloucester at time of award making. All awards will be based on funding requests as itemized in the project/program budget(s) required as part of this application. The following are the caps for minimum and maximum awards in each Community Projects and Programs category:


• Awards for Non-Profit Social and Human Services will be no less than $10,000 for any single application/program, and no single application/program award is to exceed $200,000.


• Awards for Community Serving Facilities Improvements projects will be no less than $10,000 per application/project and no more than $150,000 for any single application/project award.



Additional Questions? Email or call (978) 325-5239



Certain nonprofit types are ineligible to apply, including but not limited to the following:

·       Major Hospitals/Healthcare Organizations

·       Academic Museums

·       Financial Institutions (banks, insurance providers, and pension and retirement funds)

·       Nonprofits Involved in Illegal Activity

·       Political Organizations



Below, please find resources that provide additional background of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) and information regarding the compliance and reporting requirements of this law.

·       U.S. Treasury Website - Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

·       ARPA Quick Reference Guide

·       Overview of the Final Rule 2023

·       Compliance and Reporting Guidance 

·       FAQ Guidance



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