One Big Project

Nonprofits: Tell us about your big idea.

What would your organization do if it could afford to dream big? With the American Rescue Plan Act, Lafayette has an opportunity to do that.

ARPA will deliver $86 million to Lafayette. How we spend this money could be transformative. One Big Project is a call-to-action for nonprofit organizations to take control of the conversation and present ideas they think could make a difference.

This is a platform for nonprofits to show Lafayette’s councils and the public how they could use funding to address the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s how it works

  • Organizations send us one project idea using this form.
  • They’ll appear in our project showcase after a quick review.
  • Submissions close Friday, Oct. 15 at 10 p.m.

Ready to tell us about your big idea?

Not ready yet?

Need some inspiration? You can check out the community’s ideas in our project showcase.


Have some questions?

Maybe we’ve got answers.

Is this an application for funding?

No. The councils will decide how ARPA money is spent. One Big Project is a platform to publicize ideas.

Who can participate?

We are soliciting and presenting projects from legally established nonprofit organizations only.

What kind of projects are eligible?

Projects have to meet the ARPA eligibility criteria set by U.S. Treasury. In general, they have to address one of these broad categories: 

  • Public Health Response to COVID
  • Economic Recovery from COVID
  • Systemic Inequities prior to COVID

More detailed information about what kinds of projects are eligible for this funding can be found on the Treasury Department’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds page. You can also view the submissions so far in our project showcase.

I see a project I love. What do I do?

Advocate for it to your council member. You can find their email addresses below:

City Council

Parish Council

Need more information? Join an info session.

Register for one of our virtual info sessions below to hear more about ARPA guidelines.

ARPA and Equity
September 28 at 12:00 p.m.

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ARPA and Health
September 29 at 12:00 p.m.

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