URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — The City of Urbana has reached a decision on how to allocate nearly $10 million in funding courtesy of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The city received just under $13 million from the landmark legislation President Biden signed into law one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this money was to support local and state governments in their response to and recovery from COVID-19. By late 2022, however, the city had only allocated approximately $3 million with the majority still unallocated.

Applications opened in September and the City Council heard proposals in December from parties interested in receiving the remaining funds. City officials said that of the applications they received, 46 met the minimum qualifications. These applicants requested almost $40 million in funds, four times the amount available.

After a series of discussions throughout December, January and February, the City Council finalized on Monday the list of 25 projects to receive funding:

Organization nameProject name/purposeAmount
Carle Foundation HospitalHope Village$850,000
Champaign County Economic Development CorporationCOVID-19 Recovery: Urbana
Small Business Microloan Fund
Champaign County
Environmental Stewards
Establish a Household Hazardous
Waste Collection Facility
Champaign County
Health Care Consumers
Special Populations Outreach
and Enrollment for Health
Food, and Housing Security
City of
Champaign Township
Strides Low Barrier Shelter –
70 E. Washington St. Champaign
City of UrbanaSanitary Sewer Lateral Lining Pilot Program$1,296,000
City of UrbanaUrbana Roof Repair and
Replacement Program
City of UrbanaStudent, Family, Community
Engagement Sponsorship
Common Ground
Food Co-op
Common Ground Food For
All Food Accessibility Program
Cunningham Township Supervisor’s OfficeBridge to Home: Filling Gaps in
Local Homeless and Housing Services
Eastern Illinois FoodbankElectric Cargo Vans & Charging Station$79,000
FirstFollowersUrbana Community Peace Hub$79,000
Habitat for Humanity
of Champaign County
First-time home
ownership counseling
Housing Authority of
Champaign County
Steer Place
Renovation Project
Housing Authority of
Champaign County
Affordable Housing –
Single Room Occupancy Project
Housing Authority of
Champaign County, YouthBuild
Bridging the Gap
Red Herring
Vegetarian Restaurant
Handmade Harvest; Healthy Meals
for Families Facing Food Insecurity
Sola Gratia FarmCommunity Farm Expansion for Enhanced Sustainable Fresh Food Production,
Engagement and Consumption
The Urbana
Free Library
Community Connections
Youth Programming Specialist
The Well ExperienceWell Family Care Program$160,000
University of Illinois YMCA (New American Welcome Center)COVID-19 Recovery for
Immigrant Communities
Urbana Neighborhood Connections CenterOperation UNCC Boost$100,000
Urbana Park DistrictUrbana Park District
Health & Wellness Center
Urbana School
District 116
Urbana School District
Alternative Education
Independent Media Center
Courtesy of the City of Urbana

“This allocation represents an intentional investment in community health and healing,” said Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin. “The funded projects improve and expand access to basic needs such as homeless supportive services, affordable housing, youth engagement and activities, mental and physical health, food security, and job training. This is a one-time investment in programs and infrastructure that will have a lifetime of benefits for our community.”

The City of Urbana allocated this money in the hopes of addressing eight goals identified by public input and the Urbana City Council. The table below shows how many projects address each goal and how much money was spent to address each goal:

GoalNumber of projects that address goalFunding allocated to projects that address goal
Improve accessibility of public recreation space and youth programming8$3,816,305
Increase support for
community violence interventions
Reduce housing costs for
those that need it most
Increase availability and
affordability of mental health services
Increase availability and
affordability of food
Increase job training and
placement opportunities
Provide relief and support
for local businesses
Invest in infrastructure to increase community health, safety, and future resilience6$5,885,375
Courtesy of the City of Urbana