Frequently Asked Questions

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Who’s eligible to submit ideas?


All City of Birmingham employees are invited to submit ideas. Project ideas will also be considered from Alabama nonprofit organizations (501(c)3 organizations preferred) and for-profit organizations with a social impact focus. All projects must be affiliated with an organization holding a City of Birmingham business license.




Can I get assistance with completing my submission?


Yes. You can send all questions and inquiries to recovery@birminghamal.gov for assistance.




When is the Magic City Recovery idea submission deadline?


The deadline for June 30, 2021 at 5PM CDT.




Can I submit more than one idea?


You may submit more than one proposal. Please re-submit the form for each proposal.




How are you going to select project ideas to fund?


The initial scoring process will be based on the U.S. Department of Treasury's Interim Final Rule describing allowable uses. We encourage you to read the Interim Final Rule for further clarity.




What is the Magic City Recovery?


The City of Birmingham’s coordinated effort to deploy federal relief funds from the American Rescue Plan Act and previous COVID relief bills.




How long do we have to spend the funds?


Funds must be obligated by December 31, 2024. The period of performance will run until December 31, 2026




How do I check the status of my submitted idea(s)?


If you applied between May 14th, 2021 - June 10, 2021 you will receive a confirmation that we’ve received your project ideas on June 11th, 2021. If you applied between June 11th, 2021 - June 30th, 2021, you will receive a confirmation that we've received your project ideas on July 1, 2021.




Is this a multi-year agreement?


Awards from the American Rescue Plan investments are one-time awards in which the performance period may be multiple years.




Will idea submitters be the ones executing ideas, or will the City just implement?


If funded, our external partners are expected to execute ideas. Ideas submitted by City of Birmingham employees who submit ideas for their departments or other departments will require due diligence will necessary department leads to determine feasibility and sustainability.




Should multiple members of an organization submit an idea to indicate stronger interest/investment?


No. We ask that you only submit the form once per idea. However, you may submit multiple ideas. Duplicate submissions may delay the review process.




Do we need to submit our EIN and business license number to validate what type of organization we are?


You do not need it at the time of submitting your ideas, but a City of Birmingham business license and a transparency form will be required before an award can be issued.




Can a City department be listed as a collaborator for a proposal from an outside organization?


Yes. External partners who list a City department as a partner should inform the department that they are listed as a collaborator and, ideally, engage with the department in idea formation.





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Who’s eligible to submit ideas?


All City of Birmingham employees are invited to submit ideas. Project ideas will also be considered from Alabama nonprofit organizations (501(c)3 organizations preferred) and for-profit organizations with a social impact focus. All projects must be affiliated with an organization holding a City of Birmingham business license.




Can I get assistance with completing my submission?


Yes. You can send all questions and inquiries to recovery@birminghamal.gov for assistance.




When is the Magic City Recovery idea submission deadline?


The deadline for June 30, 2021 at 5PM CDT.




Can I submit more than one idea?


You may submit more than one proposal. Please re-submit the form for each proposal.




How are you going to select project ideas to fund?


The initial scoring process will be based on the U.S. Department of Treasury's Interim Final Rule describing allowable uses. We encourage you to read the Interim Final Rule for further clarity.




What is the Magic City Recovery?


The City of Birmingham’s coordinated effort to deploy federal relief funds from the American Rescue Plan Act and previous COVID relief bills.




How long do we have to spend the funds?


Funds must be obligated by December 31, 2024. The period of performance will run until December 31, 2026




How do I check the status of my submitted idea(s)?


If you applied between May 14th, 2021 - June 10, 2021 you will receive a confirmation that we’ve received your project ideas on June 11th, 2021. If you applied between June 11th, 2021 - June 30th, 2021, you will receive a confirmation that we've received your project ideas on July 1, 2021.




Is this a multi-year agreement?


Awards from the American Rescue Plan investments are one-time awards in which the performance period may be multiple years.




Will idea submitters be the ones executing ideas, or will the City just implement?


If funded, our external partners are expected to execute ideas. Ideas submitted by City of Birmingham employees who submit ideas for their departments or other departments will require due diligence will necessary department leads to determine feasibility and sustainability.




Should multiple members of an organization submit an idea to indicate stronger interest/investment?


No. We ask that you only submit the form once per idea. However, you may submit multiple ideas. Duplicate submissions may delay the review process.




Do we need to submit our EIN and business license number to validate what type of organization we are?


You do not need it at the time of submitting your ideas, but a City of Birmingham business license and a transparency form will be required before an award can be issued.




Can a City department be listed as a collaborator for a proposal from an outside organization?


Yes. External partners who list a City department as a partner should inform the department that they are listed as a collaborator and, ideally, engage with the department in idea formation.