The City of Worcester was awarded approximately $146 million from the US Department of Treasury and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts related to American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. The links below will connect you to further information on Federal allowances and the City's initial goals and objectives related to funding. While Federal guidance on the use of funding continues to evolve, the City hosted a series of summer and fall 2021 community needs input sessions to help inform potential uses of the ARPA funds in different neighborhoods throughout the City, in addition to an online survey covering the same questions discussed at the in-person input sessions. The results are highlighted in the link "City Council Informational Communication on ARPA Community Input Summary - November 30, 2021." Please continue to follow this page and the City's social media platforms for additional information and opportunities to engage.
The City is establishing ad-hoc committees to review various priorities and grant applications within core areas - social services, mental health, business assistance and arts & culture. If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please send a cover letter and resume to ARPA@worcesterma.gov.