The ARPA Advisory committee is currently in Phase I of a 3-phase process.
Please see below for details. In Phase I, we are gathering ideas for potential uses of ARPA dollars in Guilford.
This is NOT an application process!
However, if you have an idea you would like to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before September 6, 2022.
You are also welcome to email with any questions.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Guilford, like nearly every community across the nation, is the recipient of federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act. Guilford’s total allotment is $630,464.13. These funds can be used for a variety of purposes in the community, ranging from covering losses from COVID to making investments in the community’s future.
The Selectboard moved very quickly at the outset of the ARPA program and developed a grant process, which awarded $74,695.00 to individual households and businesses to cover previous losses.
ARPA Advisory Committee. The Selectboard then appointed a five-person ARPA Advisory Committee to make recommendations on how to allocate remaining funds ($555,769.13). The Committee will make a report to the Selectboard by November 30. All ARPA dollars must be obligated (have a target allocation) by December 31, 2024, and all ARPA dollars must be expended by December 31, 2026. All decisions for their use rest in the hands of the Selectboard.
What is the purpose of ARPA funding? The Federal ARPA program provides governments across the country with the resources needed to:
- Fight the pandemic and support families and businesses struggling with its public health and economic impacts
- Maintain vital public services, even amid declines in revenue resulting from the crisis
- Build a strong, resilient, and equitable recovery by making investments that support long-term growth and opportunity
Timeline. The ARPA Advisory Committee’s process to assist the Selectboard includes three phases:
- Phase I. Seek Community Input about Potential Uses for ARPA Dollars, August 1 – September 6
- Phase II. Survey the Community, September 7 – October 15
- Phase III. Evaluate Survey Data and Report to Selectboard, October 15 – November 30
Process. All Guilford residents are invited to engage in this community process. For Phase I, this means sharing your ideas for projects that Guilford should consider for funding. You can do this by emailing your ideas to email@example.com, or connecting directly with a member of the ARPA Advisory Committee:
Jaime Durham, chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Killay, secretary, email@example.com
Patty Bullock, firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Holland, email@example.com
Vickie Sterling, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that this is not an application process. Please also note that many ideas are already on the table, including those from the Town Plan, the 2014 Vermont Council on Rural Development Study, the first round of ARPA applications, and from any other organizations that have expressed prior interest to the Selectboard, the Planning Commission, and the Financial Advisory Committee.