SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Domenic Sarno and the City American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) team announced the city of Springfield’s eleventh round of ARPA funding awards, totaling approximately over $2.2 million.

According to a news release sent to 22News from the City of Springfield, the eleventh round of ARPA funding awards is going to 23 small businesses, totaling $1,395,000, and 16 nonprofits, totaling $888,820.70. Also, $350,000 is being awarded under the Build Back Springfield program to help support the redevelopment efforts of a vacant and historically significant building on Maple Street. 

Through all eleven rounds of ARPA awards, 88% of business applications that were awarded have been to either minority and/or woman-owned businesses, and 66% of total award funding has been to either minority and/or woman-owned businesses.    

Mayor Sarno states, “This is now especially important and why we moved quickly to award and allocate these funds due to some Congressional leaders now looking to clawback these much-needed relief funds to deal with their debt ceiling situation.” 

“This 11th round of ARPA awards announcement is the culmination of my administration’s efforts to get this much-needed relief and assistance out to our residents, business community, and nonprofits ASAP.  I am proud of my administration’s efforts in getting this funding out into our community to those in need.  This is all about supporting that good four-letter word, JOBS!  No other community in the Commonwealth or the nation has been as proactive and deliberate in getting this relief out to our residents, businesses, nonprofits, and neighborhoods in need that have been adversely impacted by the pandemic.  I am also proud of the fact that 88% of total funding for small businesses has been awarded to minority and/or women-owned businesses.”

“My administration has awarded millions directly to our community, especially to our local neighborhood small businesses, which are the backbone of our neighborhoods and provide economic viability for our city,” said Mayor Sarno. 

The small businesses that were awarded include:

Business NameAmount AwardedDesignation
2 Cents Homegrown$15,000 Small BusinessMinority Owned
Located within Qualified Census Track (QCT)Boston Road 
66 DKR LLC$500,000 Small BusinessMinority Owned
Located within QCTSouth End 
Big City Builders$10,000 Small BusinessMinority OwnedLocated within QCTBay
Cellular Galaxy$10,000 Small Business
Minority Owned
Located within QCTBoston Road 
Count On Us, LLC$10,000 Small Business
Minority OwnedLocated within QCTMetro Center 
Daniel C. Brightwell Insurance$10,000 Small BusinessMinority OwnedLocated within QCTUpper Hill 
Digital Boombox$50,000 Small BusinessMinority and Woman OwnedLocated within QCTIndian Orchard 
Ed’s Custom Muffler Shop$20,000 Small BusinessMinority OwnedLocated within QCTBoston Road 
Excelsure Homes Healthcare Solutions, LLC$10,000 Small BusinessMinority and Women OwnedLocated within QCTSix Corners 
Gerardo’s Barber Shop & Multi-Service$10,000 Small BusinessMinority OwnedLocated within QCTForest Park 
Gifted Tones$25,000 Small BusinessMinority OwnedLocated within QCTBoston Road 
Gogri Family, Inc.$50,000 Small BusinessMinority OwnedLocated within QCTPine Point 
K & O Food Mart$25,000 Small BusinessMinority OwnedLocated within QCTIndian Orchard 
Kayden Trucking$15,000 Small BusinessMinority and Woman OwnedForest Park 
Krazy Monkey Wrestling$35,000 Small BusinessMinority OwnedLocated within QCTMetro Center 
Mocha Emporium$50,000 Small BusinessWomen OwnedLocated within QCTMetro Center 
RNL Unlimited Inc, dba American Ballroom Dance Center$30,000 Small BusinessWoman OwnedLocated within QCTForest Park 
Springfield Hockey$400,000 Small BusinessLocated within QCTMetro Center 
Springfield Wine Exchange$25,000 Small BusinessLocated within QCTMetro Center 
Tash Commercial Cleaning Service$10,000 Small BusinessMinority and Woman OwnedLocated within QCTLiberty Heights 
Tito’s Barbershop$15,000Small BusinessMinority OwnedLocated within QCTIndian Orchard
Vinh Chau Restaurant$35,000 Small BusinessMinority OwnedLocated within QCTForest Park
Virtue Salon of Excellence$35,000 Small BusinessMinority and Woman OwnedLocated within QCTForest Park
The City of Springfield

The nonprofits that were awarded include:

Nonprofit NameAmount AwardedDesignation
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church$33,000 NonprofitSocial service organization – Funding for kitchen repairs and upgradesLocated within QCTOld Hill 
Bilingual Veteran’s Outreach Center$150,000 NonprofitVeteran’s support organization – Funding for utility / rental assistance and program staffingLocated within QCTLower Liberty Heights 
Black Behavior Health Network$75,000 NonprofitHuman and social service organization – Funding to support staffing and office space for addiction intervention, prevent, recovery and re-entry servicesSixteen Acres 
Christina’s House$68,000 NonprofitTransitional housing services – Funding for IT and facility upgradesLocated within QCTSix Corners 
CLUBOH$50,000 NonprofitFunding to support youth scholarships, facilities, supplies and staffingSixteen Acres 
Community Survival Center$50,000 NonprofitFunding to support staffing for food insecurity servicesLocated within QCTIndian Orchard 
Community United Way of Pioneer Valley$50,000 NonprofitHuman and social services organization – Funding to support Community Service center and Call2talkLocated within QCTMetro Center 
Grit and Gratitude Wrestling Academy$75,000 NonprofitFunding to support youth development services and health and wellness programs that address health disparitiesLocated within QCTMemorial Square 
Latino Economic Development Corp.$100,000 NonprofitFunding to support Latino businesses and workforce coaching services and outreachLocated within QCTMetro Center 
Pan African Historical Museum$50,000 NonprofitFunding to support cultural and education organizations with equipment, programming and staffingLocated within QCTMetro Center 
Spring Meadow Associated of Responsible Tenants$21,600 NonprofitFunding to support youth programs, senior wellness group, food pantry, and playground upgrades and programs for tenant associationSixteen Acres 
Springfield Pride Parade Organization$25,000 NonprofitFunding to support Safe Space Program, marketing and websiteLocated within QCTSix Corners 
Springfield Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee$11,220.70 NonprofitFunding to support cultural nonprofit with parade expensesEast Forest Park / East Springfield 
 Springfield Puerto Rican Parade Inc. $25,000 NonprofitFunding to support cultural nonprofit with parade expensesLocated within QCTMcKnight 
Springfield Symphony Orchestra$80,000 NonprofitFunding to support long-standing cultural institution with van for youth transportation and staffing of youth programmingLocated within QCTMetro Center 
WTCC STCC Radio$25,000 NonprofitFunding to support equipment upgrades to local community radio station run out of STCCLocated within QCTMcKnight
The City of Springfield

In November 2021, Mayor Sarno, CAFO TJ Plante, and CDO Tim Sheehan announced the Build Back Springfield program that invested $15 million to focus on recognizing the economic, environmental, and cultural value of preserving old and local landmark buildings and structures.

Wednesday’s announcement included the awarding of $350,000 to a Build Back Springfield project to support the stabilization of the vacant and historically significant building at 169 Maple Street.   

Mayor Sarno also provided an update on the direct cash assistance for Springfield households. Over 3,000 house applications have been approved with a total of $4.2 million that is being directly awarded to Springfield residents/households. Over 19,000 applications for direct cash assistance had been received, and the ending applications continue to be reviewed for eligibility.     

 Mayor Sarno stated, “Once again, I thank our residents, businesses, and nonprofits for their continued patience and understanding. The volume of requests and needs has been enormous.  Again, I would like to thank Congressman Richard Neal, who was once a mayor and always the heart of a mayor, President Biden and Congress for their efforts to bring this much-needed direct relief to the city of Springfield.”