Dayton Officials Release Plan For Federal Grant Money

Dayton city officials have released a plan for how to spend the $180 million federal grant from the American Rescue Plan Act. The money will go towards investments that serve communities and businesses hit hardest by the pandemic.

Melissa Wilson is Dayton’s city purchasing agent. She says Community Investment Awards will be given to organizations to support self-sustaining projects.

“This is the one that we are really pushing in hopes that these projects will leverage multiple agencies to make the greatest impact in our neighborhoods,” said Wilson.

Small business and hospitality awards will also be available for local businesses hurt by the pandemic.

Wilson stressed that the funding can only be used towards one-time investments.

“We’re not looking to do the operating or ongoing costs. There are so many programs out there specifically geared toward those opportunities that we wanted to make sure to take a more transformational and impactful approach, long-term, long-standing approach,” said Wilson.

The city will hold several workshops about what the funding can be used for and how to apply for awards.

Agencies and individuals will be able to apply for the funds on Dayton’s website from September 29th to October 29th. Residents can also submit ideas for how awards could be used by local organizations.