City of Saginaw, Michigan

The City of Saginaw has launched its online funding proposal portal for residents, nonprofits, and businesses to submit ideas and formal applications for the use of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The portal will be available through
May 31. To assist citizens and organizations with any questions on their submissions, members of the ARPA Advisory Committee have scheduled numerous Community Engagement Meetings throughout the month of May to help with the process. To submit an idea or proposal and view the Community Engagement Meeting Calendar, click here.

The online portal will be available on our website through May 31. ARPA Advisory
Committee Members will also have paper copies of the application available at their Community Engagement Meetings for those who wish to submit a paper application. The application will also be available in Spanish.

The City’s submission portal can be used as an idea box for those in the community who wish to submit a general idea on the use of ARPA funds, and as the official grant application for those who have a formal submission. The first ten questions in the portal are more general and allow anyone in the community to submit an idea on the use of ARPA funds. The remaining questions are more specific and should be completed by those organizations and individuals who wish to submit their formal application for ARPA funds. The final section of the portal
involves more specific questions on project impact and organizational capacity.

All members of the community are encouraged to participate in the portal. The City welcomes all submissions, from general ideas to full proposals. Renee Johnston, ARPA Advisory Committee Chair, commented on the process, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to be engaged and provide input on the effective distribution of ARPA funds, so they can have the best impact on the overall community. We want everyone to feel they are involved and heard throughout this process. That is why we are looking for everything from general
ideas to formal proposals.”

All ideas and proposals submitted will be reviewed and considered by the ARPA
Advisory Committee, City Council, and City Administration. The community is reminded that the more information that is provided in the submission, the more likely it will be considered for ARPA funding. The ARPA Committee will perform the initial review of all ideas and submit recommendations to City Council for funding. City Council Members will make the final decision on how the ARPA funds are allocated.

To further assist the community with their submissions, ARPA Advisory Committee members have scheduled Community Engagement Meetings throughout the month of May. The purpose of the Community Engagement Meetings is to hear from the community and assist with any questions that citizens and organizations may have about their submission. Citizens who have questions on the submission portal are encouraged to attend one of the public meetings scheduled in May rather than contact the City with questions. The community will have the opportunity to present their questions and speak one-on-one with an ARPA Advisory Committee member at these meetings. To view the Community Engagement Meeting schedule, click here.

“From the beginning of this process back in 2021, the City has used various methods to receive input from the community,” said Tim Morales, City Manager. “The City is moving forward with our decision making process, and we want to make sure that everyone has had an opportunity to provide input. We also want to make sure that we are staying within the bounds laid out by the federal government for the use of ARPA funds, but that we are also focusing on programs and projects that are priorities for our residents and businesses.”

City administration encourages the community to focus on recovery goals when
completing their submission. The intended outcome is to align the community goals with the City Council’s strategic goals and objectives.

Based on the final rules established by the U.S. Department of Treasury, ARPA funds are designed to stimulate the local economy due to the negative impact of COVID-19 and the pandemic-induced crisis
  •  ARPA funds can be used to respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impact
  • ARPA funds can be used to provide premium pay to eligible essential workers, within caps
  • ARPA funds can provide government services to the extent of revenue loss
  • ARPA funds can be used to make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
  • ARPA funds CANNOT be used for
    • Pension contributions
    • Replenishing budget stabilization funds, rainy day funds, or similar reserve accounts
    • Legal settlements
    • Outstanding debt
Click here to complete the ARPA Funding Proposal Submission Portal and view the
Community Engagement Meeting Schedule.

To learn more about the American Rescue Plan Act Legislation, click here.