Northwest suburbs start spreading US bailout dollars
5:29 p.m.Friday, January 14, 2022
Minnesota received $8.5 billion in federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Twenty-one towns in Minnesota received some of that money.
Brooklyn Park donates a portion of its $11.5 million to community groups for violence intervention.
“Some of the funds are directed towards violence intervention and interruption activities and so we are seeing this already happening with community groups in the community interrupting the most violent activities that are occurring,” Kim said. Berggren, community manager of Brooklyn Park. development. “Then the other part of the funds, we think about the future and people going back to work and getting better jobs and growing the wealth of our community.”
Community groups can still apply for funds on the Brooklyn Park website through Feb. 4.
“There’s a lot of need in the community because it’s been everywhere since the pandemic and so these funds are really great to have to be strategic and invest in the area that we need in the community,” Berggren said.
Maple Grove will spend a portion of its $5.1 million to help local businesses and nonprofits with grant recovery programs.
“This includes the hospital, CROSS, some of our smaller nonprofits, and some grant recovery programs for our small businesses at Maple Grove,” said Greg Sticha, Maple Grove’s chief financial officer.
The dollars will also help offset lost revenue.
“In particular, revenue from Parks and Recreation and other programs is declining, and obviously we’ve seen a significant shift in those numbers for 2020,” Sticha said.
Plymouth receives just over $7 million. The city has not yet decided how these funds will be allocated.
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