The City of Bedford receives a $2.7 million ARP grant

BEDFORD – The City of Bedford received a $2.7 million American Rescue Plan grant. The city will receive half of the money this year, and the remainder of the money next year.

There are guidelines on what the money can be used for.

According to city officials, they do not want to be hasty in making their decision on how to spend the money. The city has until 2024 to spend the grant award.

City Council members did make some suggestions on how to spend the money which included the sewer projects or a new police station.

In addition to the ARP funding, Bedford Mayor Sam Craig announced receiving $260,000 in the third phase of COVID-19 funding for area businesses.

“I want to thank my staff for all the hard work they put into getting this grant. And most of all, I am glad we are able to help more businesses through this difficult time. Many of the businesses wrote letters in support of this grant and stated how much they appreciated the help,” said Mayor Craig.

A committee will be appointed to look over applications and decide what businesses will be awarded this latest round of grant funding.

To date over a half million has been awarded to the City of Bedford businesses in COVID-19 relief funds.