ARPA Funds Support Mental Health, Job Training in Worcester

 by Tom MarinoJanuary 17, 2023
Last Updated January 17, 2023 2:51 PM

WORCESTER - The office of City Manager Eric Batista announced on Tuesday that applications for funding in two additional areas, mental health support programs and services, and job training, are now available.

Funding for the two program areas comes from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. Applications are due to the City of Worcester’s Executive Office of Economic Development by 5 PM on Friday, March 3.

The city's request for proposal for mental health support programs and services seeks to help community-based organizations better serve those impacted. Organizations that serve the uninsured or under-insured on a pro bono basis are encouraged to apply.

Applicants can request up to $250,000 per proposal. There is a total of $2 million allocated to the program.

The city will hold a technical assistance workshop for applicants interested in the mental health support and services program on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM in the Levi Lincoln Chamber at City Hall.

The job training request for proposal seeks applicants which address the negative effects of the pandemic and are aligned with MassHire’s Central MA Regional Workforce Blueprint.

Applicants for the job training program can request up to $100,000 per proposal. A total of $1.2 million has been allocated to the program. Applications are due to the City of Worcester’s Executive Office of Economic Development by 5 PM on Friday, March 3.

The City will hold a technical assistance workshop for applicants interested in the job training program on Monday, Feb. 20 from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

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