City recommends list of local organizations to receive ARPA funds

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) – City officials on Friday named several local groups they recommend receive a portion of the $50.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that have been granted to the city in following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mayor Tom Henry’s administration released recommendations from tourism and public health groups following a review of applications submitted earlier this year. They say the recommendations will be presented through a resolution at the next city council meeting on October 25, with discussion and approval to follow.

Recommended recipients for the Tourism Sub-Grant Program:

  • Artistic link; $53,075
  • Arts United; $100,000
  • Embassy Theater Foundation; $100,000
  • Fort Wayne Civic Theater; $53,075
  • Fort Wayne Dance Collective; $42,500
  • Fort Wayne History Center; $46,800
  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art; $53,075
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic; $53,075
  • Fort Wayne Zoological Society dba Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo; $97,942.13
  • Friends of the Indiana Lincoln Collection; $53,075
  • Headwaters Park Alliance; $40,000
  • Heartland sings; $53,075
  • Historic Fort Wayne; $53,075
  • Johnny Appleseed Festival; $48,153
  • Science Center; $100,000
  • Visit Fort Wayne; $53,075

Recommended recipients for the Public Health Sub-Grant Program:

  • Alcohol Abuse Deterrence Program Inc; $100,000
  • Amani Family Services; $100,000
  • Child Health Collaboration; $75,000
  • Crossroad Child and Family Services; $100,000
  • Family and Children’s Services of Fort Wayne, Inc; $75,000
  • Indiana, Inc. Practice Services; $25,000
  • healthier mothers and babies; $100,000
  • Indiana University Fort Wayne Department of Dental Education; $75,000
  • National Kidney Foundation of Indiana; $100,000
  • neighborhood health clinic; $100,000
  • SCAN, Inc.; $100,000
  • Stillwater Hospice; $75,000
  • Lighthouse; $100,000
  • Whitington Homes and Services; $90,000

Leaders say the city will announce recommendations for subgrant recipients in the small business and nonprofit sectors in the near future.

“Like many municipalities across the country, city leaders have been deliberate and thoughtful about this process in order to meet federal rules and eligibility criteria while providing the opportunity to meet Fort Wayne’s greatest needs. using areas of interest,” the administration said in a release.

They described the following possible uses and areas of focus for the funds:

Eligible uses:

  • Make necessary investments in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure
  • To respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses and non-profit organizations, or assistance to affected industries such as tourism, travel and the hotel industry
  • For the provision of government services to the extent of reduced revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency compared to revenue received in the most recent full fiscal year prior to the emergency

Areas of intervention :

  • Building Strong and Healthy Communities – $13 million – Improving the mental and physical health of the Fort Wayne community and its residents
  • Strengthening Neighborhoods – $18.2 million – Investing in vital infrastructure to support our community and help it thrive
  • Revitalizing Our City – $6.3 million – Supporting efforts to raise the profile of the community and stimulate the local economy
  • Securing Resilient Municipal Operations – $13.3 million – Ensuring continuity and fostering excellence in the delivery of government services to achieve maximum benefits for residents