South Portland organizations that are addressing the impacts of COVID-19 can learn how to apply for a share of  $6.9 million in grant money at a meeting scheduled for Jan. 26.

The funds are part of a $10.5 million federal grant awarded to the city through the American Rescue Plan Act. During the first distribution phase, open now, $3.4 million will be allocated to local agencies. The timeline to award the remaining $3.5 million has not yet been determined.

Successful applicants will need to demonstrate that their project falls in one of 42 eligible use categories, such as mental health services, child care, affordable housing and job training assistance.

The city is also looking to fund at least one project to address each of the City Council’s five goals, which include improving diversity, equity, and inclusion; affordable housing; health and human services;, addressing the climate crisis and maintaining fiscal responsibility.

The meeting will be held via Zoom from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday.