The City of Pittsfield received $40 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding in August 2021, and per federal guidelines, these funds must be obligated by Dec. 31st, 2024, and spent by Dec. 31st, 2026.

To that end, with the City of Pittsfield's ARPA Team looking on, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer officially announced Monday morning that proposals are now being accepted for American Rescue Plan Act funding.

Today marks a significant milestone in the City of Pittsfield’s ARPA process. A tremendous amount of hard work and planning has gone into the development of this proposal to make it right for our community. I am eager and excited to finally get this application out into our community so we can support initiatives and projects that will strengthen our city across multiple sectors, ensuring that we keep moving forward in the right direction. ~ Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer

 

Who can apply for ARPA funding?

According to Deanna Ruffer, the city’s Community Development Director, this funding provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help Pittsfield’s residents, cultural organizations, and businesses recover from the pandemic and achieve greater prosperity and resiliency in the future.

What can the ARPA funding be used for?

ARPA funding will address both pandemic and pandemic-recovery needs in the following areas:

  • Childhood development (including daycares) and youth intervention
  • Mental health and substance use disorders
  • Disabled elderly and veterans
  • Community-based initiatives
  • Cultural organizations

Apply for American Rescue Plan Act funding at this link...

A link to the invitation can also be accessed directly here: https://www.cityofpittsfield.org/government/arpa_invitation_for_proposals.php

You can also access the invitation on the ARPA page of the city's website, HERE.

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When can I apply?

Pittsfield will accept applications beginning on Feb. 28th and they will be accepted on a rolling basis after this date. Applications will be reviewed as received, with the goal of having decisions made 30-45 days after submittal.

 

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