Transformative Growth Grant Program for Businesses and Nonprofits Application Period Announced

Applications open until June 7

The Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) invites Arlington’s small businesses and nonprofits to apply for grant funding through the Transformative Growth Grant program, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The Transformative Growth Grants Program will help Arlington businesses and nonprofit organizations that have a vision for their future and are seeking financial support to bring that vision to life. The program aims to provide funds to a variety of business and nonprofit organizations that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including restaurants and food service businesses; arts, entertainment, and the creative economy; tourism and recreation; personal care and beauty salons; wellness and fitness; childcare and youth services; senior services; and small-scale retail. The Transformative Growth Grants Program is flexible, and applicants may submit proposals for work in one of the following categories: placemaking, programming, facilities and infrastructure, personnel, or planning.

Types of requests that are not eligible include applications for working capital support (e.g., rent, mortgage, utilities, or payroll), existing debt, property purchases, requests to support existing programs, services, or staff, and requests for personal uses. Ineligible applicants include business franchises and organizations that are not part of a disproportionately impacted industry.
For more information about the program, including eligible and ineligible applicants and projects, please review the program guidelines.
A program overview that summarizes the Transformative Growth Grants program is also available. Read the program overview.
The application period will open on May 10, 2022. To be considered for assistance, business owners and nonprofits must submit their application form by 11:59pm on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

Prospective applicants are invited to schedule office hours with DPCD staff to learn more and to ask questions. Information sessions will be held weekly beginning the week of May 16thTo schedule an appointment, visit calendly.com/arlingtonma.
The Arlington Transformative Growth Grant program is funded by $860,900 from the Town of Arlington's grant from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) of ARPA. The program is administered by the Town of Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development. For more information about this fund, contact covidrelief@town.arlington.ma.us.

About the American Rescue Plan Act
Municipalities across the nation are the beneficiaries of a significant influx of federal funds via the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). ARPA is intended to address the negative health and economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Arlington will receive more than $35 million in ARPA funding. The Board voted to endorse Arlington’s ARPA Framework at its October 25th meeting. The program follows the Small Business and Nonprofit Working Capital Grants Program, which provided working capital grants to 81 small businesses and nonprofits in Arlington in March 2022. Additional information about Arlington’s ARPA Framework is available at arlingtonma.gov/arpa.