$24M in ARPA Funding set aside for Bristol Businesses, Nonprofits, and City Projects

The City of Bristol has announced that the City will direct a portion of up to $24 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to assist Bristol businesses and nonprofit organizations with eligible costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. A portion of the initial $24 million ARPA allocation will also be made available for eligible City projects, including infrastructure upgrades and more.

Donor Name: City of Bristol

State: Connecticut

City: Bristol

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/31/2022


The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is the sixth federal COVID-19 relief bill passed in the last year and is by far the largest infusion of resources to the State of Connecticut. It is estimated that more than $6 billion will come to the state through multiple ARPA grant programs. The City of Bristol will receive approximately $28 million in ARPA dollars over the next five years. A 15-member ARPA Task Force, comprised of appointed members from the community, has been formed to help determine how these funds will be distributed to benefit the Bristol community. The task force has selected UHY Advisors as the consultant to assist with the eligibility review, reporting, and project monitoring process.

ARPA funds are for eligible costs related to the Coronavirus pandemic that organizations incurred after March 3, 2021 and must be obliged by December 31, 2024 and expended by December 31, 2026.


Bristol businesses and nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for first round funding within the allowable ARPA funding categories: Eligible For-Profit Projects (businesses) and Eligible Non-Profit Projects. Eligible City projects will also be submitted for consideration during this first round of funding which will aid in post-COVID infrastructure projects.

Your business or nonprofit organization may be eligible for ARPA funding from the City of Bristol if use of the funding meets one of the following criteria:

  • Respond to or mitigate the COVID-19 health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including:
    • Assistance to households
    • Small businesses
    • Nonprofits, and
    • Aid for tourism, travel, hospitality or other affected industries
  • Address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the unequal impact of the pandemic
  • Make necessary investments in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure

For more information, visit ARPA Funding.