The City of Hyattsville received $17.9 million as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. As a first priority, Hyattsville City Council set aside a portion of the Rescue Act Funds to serve as emergency relief for Hyattsville residents, small businesses, non-profits, and childcare providers experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spending plans for the remaining ARPA funds must be established by the end of 2024. Funds can be used to cover pandemic-related expenses and future initiatives that improve public health and build community resilience.
Individual & Family Emergency Relief Program
Hyattsville City Council has set aside $3.7M of the ARPA funding to establish the Household Emergency Relief Program.
Applications are now closed. Applicants who applied by the May 31 deadline will be notified once their application is processed. It is expected that processing of all applications will be completed by the end of August.
Small Business & Non-Profit Emergency Relief Programs
Applications are now closed.
The Small Business Emergency Relief Program received 172 unique applications and awarded just over $1.1M in grant funds to 87 local small businesses. Click here to see a map of all Small Business Emergency Relief awardees.
Hear from the owner of Gremlins Tattoo Lounge and the Executive Director of Art Works Now how the City’s Business and Non-Profit Emergency Relief grants helped sustain their businesses through the economic turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Small Business Recovery Coordinator Krissi Humbard sat down with Erick Satchel of Gremlins Tattoo, one of the small business grant recipients, to chat about how the money helped his business grow during the pandemic.
ARPA Spending Plan
An overview of the ARPA funds was presented to Council during the December 20, 2021 Hyattsville Council meeting. Based on federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury, rescue funds can be used to:
Use the Treasury Department's Quick Reference Guide to learn more.
Public input was collected in early 2021 to identify emergency funding relief needs. This was used to inform the Resident and Business relief programs.
As a second phase of the project, City Council and staff have proposed using remaining funds to support public projects and programs that will make Hyattsville more resilient to future emergencies. Community input on these programs was sought via public meetings and HelloHyattsville.com.
The City Council voted to approve the proposed ARPA spending plan at the June 5, 2023, City Council meeting. Including funds used for emergency relief programs and other pandemic related City expenses, City Council has made plans for $16.7M of the ARPA funds. $1.2M remains to be allocated as of June 2023.