American Rescue Plan Act: Community Facilities

The City of Lancaster aims to invest at least $5 million in American Rescue Plan funds to community facilities in Lancaster City. This page will detail the “community facilities” ongoing process, proposals, and allocations.




The City of Lancaster seeks to invest a portion of the American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds in community facilities serving Lancaster City residents. The investment will fund capital projects that support public programs, improve quality of life and public health, create economic opportunity, and promote equitable outcomes for residents.  


Sealed proposals will be accepted via the Pennsylvania Electronic Document and Bid Management website,, through 11 a.m. on Jan. 23, 2023. 


The City of Lancaster is seeking creative, sustainable ideas for projects that enhance community facilities. Examples include, but are not limited to: 

– Building or renovation of community health centers, youth centers, libraries, centers for arts & culture, parks and public places

– Building or renovating childcare, education, health, and social service facilities  


$39.5 million in ARPA funding was allotted to the City of Lancaster in 2021. In September 2021, a public engagement process regarding the use of ARPA funds was launched. Community feedback identified a desire for improved community services in areas like public health, youth support, parks and recreation, and more. Community facilities are at the forefront of delivering these services to residents every day in Lancaster City.


The City of Lancaster will offer three virtual Q&A sessions for interested applicants to attend: Dec. 6 at 11 a.m., Dec. 20 at 1 p.m., and Jan. 4 at 4 p.m. Information on how to join will be posted on PennBid and (meeting information is below!)


For all awarding and management of grants, the City of Lancaster follows a strict conflict of interest policy that is publicly available on our website. 


Applying for ARPA Funding 101 – Community Facilities



Virtual Q&A Sessions:

The City of Lancaster will offer three virtual Q&A sessions for interested applicants to attend:
Dec. 6 at 11 a.m.
Dec. 20 at 1 p.m.
Jan. 4 at 4 p.m.


Meeting Information:

Meeting ID: 827 6517 6248

Passcode: 063776

Dial-in: +1 646 558 8656


Watch a recording of session 1 here


Watch a recording of session 2 here. 


Watch a recording of session 3 here.


Proposed Timeline:

Monday, Nov. 28: RFP goes live

Monday, Jan. 9: RFP Q&A deadline

Friday, Jan. 13: City response to RFP Questions

Monday, Jan. 23: RFP response deadline

Week of February 27: Proposer interviews, if needed.

Week of March 6: Compilation of scoring and decisions provided to Council


What is ARPA?

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) is federal law that provides resources to eligible state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to help reverse the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.


$39.5 million in ARPA funding was allocated to the City of Lancaster in 2021.