American Recovery Plan

The City of Spokane has received over $80 million in recovery funds as part of the Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The City has established a working group that will develop and implement partnerships with City Departments, other government entities, and nonprofit organizations for the effective delivery of funds to the community in alignment with the requirements of the (ARPA). As part of this process, it is important that we hear the community's ideas and suggestions on how we allocate and spend recovery dollars.

ARPA Funding Opportunities

The City is currently seeking proposals to use federal pandemic relief funding. Funding will be awarded through a public Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) process. This process requires submission, review, and evaluation of application materials for alignment to eligibility requirements and competitiveness. Please look to the specific NOFA for instructions on submitting your application. View and apply for current NOFAs through the City's Neighborly Portal.

Current Funding Opportunities

To submit a proposal for a current NOFA, register and activate your account through the City's Neighborly Portal.

Down Payment Assistance Program

Select this option if you are an organization that assists first-time home buyers through a down payment assistance program. View the Notice of Funding Availability (PDF 356 KB).

Please use the City's Neighborly Portal to apply. If you're not familiar with Neighborly, please refer to the video tutorials in the Thinking About Applying dropdown menu below.

Assistance to Small Businesses

Select this option if you are a small business that has been disproportionately impacted and needs help in post-pandemic recovery. View the Notice of Funding Availability (PDF 372 KB).

Please use the City's Neighborly Portal to apply. If you're not familiar with Neighborly, please refer to the video tutorials in the Thinking About Applying dropdown menu below.

Assistance to Nonprofits

Select this option if you are a not-for-profit organization that has been disproportionately impacted and needs help in post-pandemic recovery. View the Notice of Funding Availability (PDF 394 KB).

Please use the City's Neighborly Portal to apply. If you're not familiar with Neighborly, please refer to the video tutorials in the Thinking About Applying dropdown menu below.

Assistance to Response During Extreme Weather

Thinking About Applying?

Here's what you'll need to get started:

  • City of Spokane Business License
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • 501(c)(3) Non-profit Documentation (if applicable)
  • UEI (Unique Entity Identification) (PDF 123 KB)
    Where can I get this?
    1. Go to SAM.gov
    2. At the top right of the page, select "Sign In"
    3. Once on the sign-in page:
      • If you already have an account, sign in normally with the applicable email address and password.
      • If you do not have an account, select "Create an account" to register.
  • Registered email address with the City's Neighborly Portal to view and apply for available funding.
    • Not registered? Visit Neighborly to register with your email address and password. You will receive an email to verify your information. Selecting the activation link will bring you back to the portal, where you can log in with your new account.

If you have other questions or need further assistance, email us at accountinggrantsadmin@spokanecity.org.

Closed NOFA(s)

Notice of Intent Award Sole Source
Employment Support in the Arts

The City of Spokane is announcing a Notice of Funding Availability for Employment Support in the Arts (PDF 1.2 MB). This grant award is solely funded by United States Department of Treasury under the American Rescue Plan (ARP)/ Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CSLFRF) – (CFDA 21.027). Funds shall be used to assist artists and art oriented creative businesses/organizations impacted by COVID-19.

Childcare

This NOFA will be awarded to a Qualified Organization who has the ability to administer grant funds to childcare providers to provide specified programs and staffing support needs within the City of Spokane. The application deadline is October 5, 2022 at 6 p.m. Specific details, expectations, timelines, and submittal instructions are contained in the NOFA (PDF 493 KB). You can also view questions and answers about this Childcare NOFA.

Pre-Apprenticeship

Agencies should offer dedicated spaces to participants in an existing qualified pre-apprenticeship program focused on building and trades construction opportunities for city residents recently released from incarceration. Specific details, expectations, timelines, and submittal instructions are contained in the RFP (PDF 275 KB).

All communication, including questions, should be submitted by email to accountinggrantsadmin@spokanecity.org. Submissions are due on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022 by 6 p.m.

* Update: This NOFA has changed in the following respects as of Sept. 9, 2022:

  • Proposal deadline extended to Oct. 3, 2022
  • Section 1.2 Background and Purpose
    Added statement: “The City of Spokane Accounting and Grants Department reserves the right to amend this NOFA at any time.”
  • Section 1.3 Minimum Qualifications
    Added Eligible applicants include:
    • Governmental entities serving within the City of Spokane
    • Public and private nonprofit – typically a 501 (c)(3), although a range of organizational forms are eligible
    • Private for-profit organizations

    Removed: Have 5 years of experience in Apprenticeship training as a non-profit
  • Section 2.1 Scope of Services
    Removed: Item H (and maintain an average placement rate of 90% for all program graduates.)
Eviction Defense

Not-for-profit agencies with 501(c) status should be able to provide representation of the economically challenged residents within the city limits. Work will be related to statutory eviction actions filed in Spokane County Superior Court based upon nonpayment of rent associated with pandemic-related loss of income. Response deadlines for submissions are September 26.

Downtown Cultural Events

Grants were awarded to support Downtown Cultural Events in 2022 including parades and festivals, especially those that were not able to get LTAC funds due to the additional requirements of documented hotel stays.

Council Approved ARPA Funding

The City Council declared that an urgency and emergency exist for adopting ordinances for the City of Spokane, allocating funding for first-out programs from the American Rescue Plan Act. A subsequent Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for each item will follow, allowing the public to submit proposals and apply for funding.

Council has voted and approved the following items:

Equity Statement

The City of Spokane is committed to equitably and effectively utilizing ARP resources to help our community bounce back as soon as we can and in the best way possible. To do this we look to fund organizations and businesses that take into consideration past inequities and will go forward to honor the expertise, relationships, and resilience within communities of color and those historically impacted by inequities providing them with lasting partnerships and co-created solutions to eliminate systemic hardships.

Community Input

Community feedback was instrumental in helping to guide our decisions in funding priorities to move us toward economic empowerment and recovery for Spokane. Through our ThoughtExchange platform, we captured over 2,700 ideas and thoughts, with an impressive 45,900 rankings of these ideas, proving that your opinions matter. This word cloud illustrates the most significant ideas and thoughts to emerge from our ThoughtExchange and was used in consideration for the funding process.

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More Information

News and Media


Past Community Events

ARP Community Townhall Meeting

District 3
WHEN: Tuesday, October 26th
TIME: 5:00PM – 7:00PM
WHERE: North Central High School 1600 N Howard Street, Spokane WA

District 2
WHEN: Thursday, October 28th
TIME: 5:00PM – 7:00PM
WHERE: Ferris High School 3020 E 37th Ave, Spokane WA

District 1
TBD

Contact Information

arp@spokanecity.org