Chair Heather Hamilton and the Select Board are pleased to announce that the Select Board has authorized more than $22 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to support key community projects and organizations.
The allocation represents slightly less than half of the approximately $43 million in federal funds provided to the Town of Brookline following the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in 2021.
On Tuesday, the Select Board adopted the recommendations of Brookline’s ARPA Submission Review Subcommittee, which evaluated submitted proposals and requests for funding and determined how to best allocate the funding to maximize its impact and benefit for the community-at-large.
The subcommittee was chaired by Select Board members John VanScoyoc and Miriam Aschkenasy.
The Select Board authorized allocating just over $22.4 million in funding to several organizations and projects, including:
In addition to these programs, the Select Board authorized funding for multiple arts programs, transportation programming, education, services and supports for vulnerable populations, as well as support for critical infrastructure work and other economic recovery efforts.
“Each of these organizations and projects is worthy of funding, which will help meet the needs of a diverse community that has been and continues to be broadly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hamilton said. “I am grateful to all of the members of the ARPA Submission Review Subcommittee for their thoughtful and engaged efforts to evaluate proposals and award funding in a way that’s equitable and impactful.”
In some cases, funding awards were made with the expectation that organizations would reapply and potentially have their full funding requests met over the course of both rounds of funding.
To view the full slate of awards, click here. For a broader look at the town’s work related to ARPA, click here.