One Stop ARPA Resources - Business and Community Development

Business and Community Development

Supporting Economic Growth and Strong Communities

Through ARPA funding, the State of Missouri is dedicating more than $320 million to spur economic growth, strengthen communities, and support small businesses.

New FAQs Now Available

A new FAQs document, covering common questions regarding the Community Revitalization, Workforce Training, and Tourism programs, is now available here.

 COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION GRANT - $100M

The Community Revitalization Grant Program will make significant investments in communities of all sizes throughout Missouri. Through competitive grants, the program will help support major local priorities in order to spur economic recovery today while helping communities build stronger economies for the future.

Grant Summary

To view the Community Revitalization Grant Program’s Grant Summary, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQs for the Community Revitalization Grant Program are now available here.

Final Guidelines

To view the Community Revitalization Grant Program’s final guidelines, click here.

Application

Applications for this program are now closed.

Program Description

The Community Revitalization Grant Program will make significant investments in communities of all sizes throughout Missouri. Through competitive grants, the Program will help support major local priorities in order to spur economic recovery today while helping communities build stronger economies for the future.

Total allocation: $100,000,000

Application launch date: September 28, 2022

Application close date: November 30, 2022

Award date: January 2023

Eligibility

The following entities are eligible to apply for the Program, providing the proposed project seeks to impact eligible beneficiaries listed in Section 5 of the final guidelines:

  • Missouri municipalities (incorporated cities, towns, or villages)
  • Missouri counties Missouri Industrial Development Authorities (organized pursuant to Chapter 349 RSMo)
  • Nonprofit organizations (organized pursuant to Chapters 352 or 355 RSMo)

Requirements

  • This is a competitive grant program.
  • Grant minimum: $250,000
  • Grant maximum: Applicants may apply for multiple projects. Total requests for one applicant may not be for more than 25% of the total amount available for the applicable funding category listed in section 3 of the final guidelines.
  • Applicants may apply under multiple funding categories.
  • A local match of at least 50% is required; however, projects that demonstrate the ability to provide matching funds greater than 50% will score higher.

Funding Structure

The Department intends to award all funds in one funding round, but may hold additional funding rounds prior to June 30, 2024 to ensure all available funds have been obligated prior to the ARPA funding deadline.

Recorded Webinar

October 17, 2022 - Community Revitalization Application Workshop

 

INDUSTRIAL SITE DEVELOPMENT - $75M

Program Description

The Industrial Site Development Grant supports critical business expansion and recruitment efforts through the development of local industrial sites throughout the state.

Grant Summary

To view the Industrial Site Development Grant Program's Grant Summary, click here.

Final Guidelines and Public Input Survey

Final guidelines for the Industrial Site Development Grant Program are posted!

Application

Apply using the MO DED ARPA Federal Initiatives Submission Manager

Details

Total allocation: $75,000,000 ($50,000,000 for projects 1,000 or more contiguous acres in size & $25,000,000 for projects under 1,000 contiguous acres in size)

Application launch date: December 12, 2022

Application close date: February 20, 2023

Award date: To be announced

Eligibility

The General Assembly appropriated the funds for political subdivisions. The following entities are eligible to receive funds from the program:

  1. Missouri municipalities (incorporated cities, towns, or villages)
  2. Missouri counties
  3. Missouri levee districts (organized pursuant to Chapter 245 RSMo)
  4. Missouri Industrial Development Authorities (organized pursuant to Chapter 349 RSMo)
  5. Port authorities (organized pursuant to Chapter 68 RSMo)
  6. Other political subdivisions that conduct economic development activities

Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed project meets the following requirements before their application will be considered for funding.

  • The Applicant can demonstrate site control in either site ownership, signed option to purchase, or letters of commitment from landowners whose properties compose the identified site.

  • The Applicant is registered with the Missouri Secretary of State to conduct business in the State, if applicable to the business entity type, and provides a certificate of good standing with its application.

  • Please see the final guidelines for a full listing of eligible entities and activities

Funding Structure

The Department intends to award all funds in one funding round, but may hold additional funding rounds prior to June 30, 2024 to ensure all available funds have been obligated prior to the ARPA funding deadline.

 

SMALL BUSINESS GRANT - $10M

Grants to small businesses to create resiliency and help accelerate their ongoing recovery, including specific support for minority and women-owned businesses.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQs for the Small Business Grant Program are now available here.

Final Guidelines

To view the Small Business Grant Program’s final guidelines, click here.

Application

To date, we have received applications requesting funding greater than the $10 million available for the program. As such, applications will close on November 30 at 12 p.m. Businesses that have not submitted an application by this time can request notification if more funds become available by adding contact information to the Small Business Grant Wait List.

Program Description

The Small Business Grant Program provides assistance to small businesses that were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Total allocation: $10,000,000

Application launch date: November 16, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. CST.

Application close date: 11/30/22

Award date FAQs:

I submitted my application early, but have not heard back yet. What is the status of my application?

DED began sending award announcements and denial messages on January 20, 2023. This is an ongoing process that will continue until all applicants receive notification by March 1, 2023. For reference, of the 723 applications received, 483 were submitted within the first 48 hours of the application opening. Each application must undergo several rounds of review before a final determination is made to award or decline the funding request. We appreciate your continued patience as we work diligently to complete reviews and make announcements.

Will I receive a notification if I am not selected for an award?

Yes. Each applicant will receive a notification via Submittable messaging by March 1, 2023, indicating whether they have been selected for funding or declined.

Is there anything I can do to help speed up the process?

To ensure a timely review process, if you are contacted with a request for missing documentation/information, please be prompt in your response so our team can continue pushing forward with the review of applications.
 

Eligibility

Eligible Entities

  • Per draft guidelines, the following entities are eligible to apply for the Program:
  • Is organized as a for profit entity.
  • Must be Missouri-based (located and operating in the state of Missouri).
  • Must, at the time of application, employ 50 or fewer full-time employees, including the owner(s):
    • Full-time employee is defined as an individual who is scheduled to work 35 or more hours per week.
  • Must have been in operation in Missouri since before January 1, 2019 and be currently operating.
  • Must be independently owned and operated and not be dominant in its field on a national basis.
  • Must self-certify that, barring unforeseen circumstances, it plans to remain in business through calendar year 2023.
  • Minority-or Women-Owned Business Applicants: In addition to meeting standard Applicant requirements, an Applicant meeting the following additional requirement will be eligible for the funds set aside for minority- or women-owned small businesses, as set forth in Section 1 of the Guidelines:
  • Applicant must self-certify that it is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more minority persons or women. Businesses are not required to be certified by any government entity to be eligible, but if a business is so certified, it may submit proof of certification instead of a self-attestation.

*Please see the Small Business Grant Program Guidelines for the full listing of eligibility requirements.

Program Requirements

Per draft guidelines:

  • Awards to be made on a first come, first served basis until all funds are expended, prior to the ARPA funding deadline.
  • Grant maximum: $25,000 Eligible applicants are qualified to receive Program funds by submitting documentation demonstrating negative economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of declining revenues or gross receipts.
  • Proof of declining revenues or gross receipts is to be demonstrated by the Applicant through the submission of tax filings showing a decrease in gross revenue/receipts in 2021 as compared to gross revenue/receipts in 2019.

Funding Structure

Per draft guidelines:

DED intends to award all funds in one funding round, but may hold additional funding rounds to ensure all available funds are spent. Awards are to be made on first come, first served basis until all funds are expended, prior to the ARPA funding deadline.

Recorded Webinar

November 7, 2022 - Small Business Grant Program Town Hall Training

 

NONPROFIT GRANT - $7.5M

Fund to support nonprofits facing economic hardships from COVID or nonprofits providing assistance identified as an eligible ARPA expense.

Program Description

The Nonprofit Grant Program will support nonprofits that have faced significant challenges due to the pandemic’s increased demand for services and changing operational needs, as well as declines in revenue sources such as donations and fees. The Department is currently drafting guidelines for this program and will share more information as it becomes available.

Details

Total allocation: $7,500,000

Application launch date: To be announced

Application close date: To be announced

Award date: To be announced

Eligibility

To be announced

Requirements

To be announced

Funding Structure

To be announced

 

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