The winners of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Community Awards have been announced by the City of Pittsfield.
“We are thrilled to finally announce the winners of Pittsfield’s ARPA Community Awards.
Each of the proposals reflects a wide range of strategic and significant initiatives and projects
that align with our guiding principle, serve a broad spectrum of our community, and address many of the needs expressed through our robust community engagement process,” said Mayor Linda Tyer. “We look forward to getting this money into the hands of our community partners so they can begin this important work.
Mayor Linda Tyer presented the $5.9 million in funds to 18 community organizations at a press conference Thursday. The funds will be used to meet both pandemic and pandemic recovery needs in the areas of child development (including child care), mental health and addictions disorders, seniors and disabled veterans, community initiatives and cultural organizations.
Several organizations that have applied but have not met ARPA’s funding criteria are being assisted by the city to seek other funding options.
Arts in Recovery for Youth (AIRY): $50,000 – for an arts and skills-based suicide prevention program targeting Pittsfield youth ages 13-24.
The recipients of the ARPA Community Awards are:
Barrington Stage Company: $125,000 – to replace and upgrade the HVAC system at the St. Germain Stage and the Boyd-Quinson Orchestra Pit to provide healthy spaces for one of the
Pittsfield’s most visited performing arts theatre.
Berkshire Black Economic Council (BBEC): $700,000 – to establish organizational operations and the capacity of BBEC to provide technical assistance, educational workshops and networking sessions to Pittsfield black entrepreneurs and black-owned businesses. Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC): $500,000 – to increase the capacity of BCAC’s Weatherization Remediation Assistance Program (WRAP) by helping underfunded Pittsfield residents meet the needs weatherization and heating of their home.
Berkshire County Head Start: $700,000 – to provide free transportation, full-time child care and early education to families in Pittsfield deemed ineligible for state-subsidized child care. Berkshire Family YMCA: $250,000 – for daycare renovations and expansions.
Berkshire Immigrant Center: $80,000 – for the expansion of legal and educational services for immigrants living in Pittsfield. Berkshire Museum: $250,000 – to create mobile museum units to provide portable classroom programming in Pittsfield public schools.
Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires: $500,000 – for the installation of a new HVAC system allowing youth and families to enjoy healthy recreational spaces. Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity: $800,000 – for the expansion of the navigation network and to provide resources to support Pittsfield residents, households and small businesses affected by the pandemic.
George B. Crane Memorial Center: $90,000 – to provide recovery programs, support and life skills for people struggling with substance use disorders. Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires: $200,000 – to replace the roof of the Tyler Street headquarters, where training and workforce support services are provided to Pittsfield residents.
IS183 School of Art: $80,000 – for a multi-pronged approach to support and nurture artists in after-school, summer and school art classes at Pittsfield Public Schools.
Summary of news:
- Pittsfield distributes ARPA funds to local organizations
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