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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grants

Funds Overview, Regulations & Application


 

Overview

In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 was signed into law providing the City of Phoenix with nearly $396 million over the next two years. The first allocation of $198 million was received in May 2021 of which $28,800,000 has been dedicated to youth and education programs. The Parks and Recreation Department (Parks Department) was allocated a total of $3.5 million dollars to provide free and affordable youth sports opportunities and after school programs for Phoenix youth.   ​


Youth Sports Grant Opportunities for non-profit organizations

    • $500,000 has been designated to provide free and affordable sports opportunities to Phoenix youth.   The Parks Department will oversee a grant application process to award these funds. Organizations must be a registered non-profit and be willing to provide free or affordable youth sports opportunities to Phoenix youth ages zero to 17.  Funds must be utilized between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2024. Complete guidelines for youth sports grant opportunities can be found here.


Afterschool Program Grant Opportunities for Phoenix Schools:

    • $2.5 million has been designated to provide free and affordable aftrerschool programs for Phoenix youth.  Any school located in the City of Phoenix is eligible to apply.  Funds must be utilized between January 1, 2022-December 31, 2024.  Schools with a 50% population or more of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch will receive priority in grant awards.  Programs must provide a safe, fun and enriching environment for school-aged youth. Complete guidelines for afterschool program funding can be found here.


Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC) Program Expansion:

    • $500,000 has been allocated to the Parks Department to expand the Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC) program in up to 10 additional Phoenix schools beginning in January 2022. Funds must be utilized between January 1, 2022-December 31, 2024. PAC provides a fun, supportive and educational atmosphere during the crucial afterschool hours. All schools located in the City of Phoenix can apply.  Schools with a 50% population or more of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch will receive priority. Complete guidelines for PAC program funding can be found here.

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ARPA Funds Regulations for Youth Sports, Recreation, Education and Afterschool


The following is a list of general governing regulations to consider before applying.


  • Funds are to be spent solely for the approved purpose of providing free and/or affordable youth sports opportunities and/or after school programs to Phoenix youth

  • Non-profits are eligible to apply for the youth sports grant. 

  • Phoenix schools are eligible to apply for grant funds to provide their own free or affordable afterschool programs.  Phoenix schools are also eligible to apply for the temporary PAC expansion on their campus.

  • Funds can be spent on direct program materials, equipment, and staffing (i.e. sporting equipment, jerseys, recreation supplies, and referees)

  • Funds must provide universal access to safe and reliable programming across the City of Phoenix (associated facilities must be ADA compliant).

  • Program providers will be required to report their efforts to help close equity gaps in community's that need safe and reliable programming the most.

  • All funds must be tracked to ensure legal use of funds and to support potential audits

  • Financial, performance and compliance reporting will be required.  Note: Full recipient compliance and reporting Guidance can be found below:​



Full recipient compliance and reporting Guidance:
On June 17, 2021, Treasury released the Compliance and Reporting Guidance for this program. The guidance provides additional detail and clarification for each recipient's compliance and reporting responsibilities, and should be read in concert with the Award Terms and Conditions, the authorizing statute, the Interim Final Rule (IFR).






ARPA Funds Tracking

Part of the allocation of ARPA funds includes the requirement to track the funds to ensure all dollars are being spent for their intended purpose. Funds allocated to non-profit organizations and Phoenix schools will be monitored by the Parks Department to guarantee funds are being spent as intended. Monthly reports (standard reporting template to be provided) showing any expenditure of ARPA funds will be required of all recipients.




Application for ARPA Funds

A submittal of a grant application and approval from the Parks and Recreation Department will be needed to receive APRA funds.​


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Applications & Deadlines:

Now accepting applications. Due dates are detailed in the guidelines provided. Please contact pks.arpa@phoenix.gov​ if you have questions or need assistance applying for grant opportunities.​​​​​​​​​


Youth Sports Opportunities for Phoenix Youth Application
Afterschool Program Grant Opportunities for Phoenix Schools Application
Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC) Program Expansion Application