The Town received $4.4 million in ARPA funding and has reserved $1.8 million to provide local stimulus to support area stakeholders.
A 10-member ARPA Advisory Task Force, comprised of appointed members from the community, was formed in February 2022 to provide advisement to the Mayor and Town Council on how these funds can benefit the Chestertown community. To best advise the town, the Advisory Task Force selected a community organization application process to ensure organizations meet the ARPA funding and compliance requirements, are fiscally sound, and will provide significant impact for our community. The ARPA Advisory Task Force will provide ranked recommendations to the Town for final decisions. All established organizations are eligible.
The milestone dates are:
*Dates are subject to change based upon application response.
All applicants are required to fill out the Letter of Intent. Qualified applicants will be supplied an application form in its entirety. Incomplete or deficient applications may be disqualified for consideration or sent back to the applicant with notes.
The following Guiding Principles will provide the framework for the evaluation of the applications:
By completing the Letter of Intent, the applicant confirms that they understand that this is a competitive process, and their funding request may or may not be selected for further consideration. (click here for Letter of Intent DOCX) After completing the form, please email the Letter of Intent form and required attachments to the attention of the ARPA Advisory Task Force at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax returns for the last three years (2019, 2020, & 2021) may be required upon request.
Approved applications or projects shall be categorized by the Town to fit within three (3) tiers, as detailed below:
For Profit and Non-Profit Organizations only; no Individual/Family requests. Priority shall be given to organizations that operate within Town limits. All organizations providing services to Town residents are encouraged to apply.
All applicants are required to fill out the Letter of Intent. Qualified applications will be supplied an application form in its entirety. Incomplete or deficient applications will be disqualified for consideration.
*Above dates are subject to change.
The U.S. Treasury’s Compliance and Reporting Guidance for State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds includes a list of expenditure categories.
The U.S. Treasury has defined the following funding objectives:
Restrictions on the uses of these funds include:
In the Letter of Intent and Application, the applicant must identify to the Town which expenditure category/categories are applicable for the intended use of funds.
Some examples of projects/programs which may fall under these criteria are as follows:
This list is not inclusive and the decision to accept or deny any application shall be determined by the Town of Chestertown’s Mayor and Town Council in its sole judgement, based upon applicable criteria, and is not appealable.
All organizations – for- and non-profit with a Certificate of Good Standing – are eligible. If it is a newly formed organization waiting for the Certificate of Good Standing, please apply and include a note with filing date and anticipated response from the State. The organization must have all compliant paperwork before the Final Application is submitted. No exceptions.
The US Departments of the Treasury is the definitive place for The American Rescue Plan. Make sure you are referencing the Final Rule documentation.
Yes. If chosen to proceed, an application will be made available after the Letter of Intent closing date. Incomplete or deficient applications will be disqualified for consideration or returned with notes.
Yes. Use separate LOIs/Applications for each project unless the projects connect to a singular impact goal/purpose.