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Council ARPA Allocations

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 was designed as an initiative to accelerate the nation’s recovery and invest in long-deferred community needs. The City of Lakewood received over $47 million in ARPA funds. In 2021 and 2022, the City of Lakewood committed the majority of these funds to public infrastructure projects including parks and sewers, public safety, and human services. $3 million of ARPA funds were set aside to address initiatives proposed by City Council.

In February 2023, Council leadership set forth a process by which Council would solicit and evaluate proposals. Community organizations, city departments and businesses were invited to propose specific uses of the funds to address community needs.

Click here to read more about Council’s process.

In response to this call for proposals, City Council received 24 applications for funds.

Click here to view the applications submitted by April 1, 2023.

From March to May of 2023, City Council held a series of meetings to discuss each proposal, hear from entities who submitted proposals and to make funding decisions.

Click here and here to view legislation adopted May 15th to fund seventeen different proposals.