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 Name||Amount Awarded||Designation|
|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|
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||$15,000||Small 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 nonprofits that were awarded include:
|Nonprofit Name||Amount Awarded||Designation|
|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|
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.”