Greene County awards nearly $23 million in ARPA coronavirus grants

The Greene County Commission awarded nearly $23 million to the first

American Rescue Plan Act funding distribution on Thursday.

There are 66 eligible categories in the ARPA legislation. The legislation strongly suggests that counties and municipalities consider and incorporate an equity lens to ensure that underrepresented and underserved community pockets receive eligible funding.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law by President Joe Biden last year. More than $673 billion of these funds have been earmarked for state and local governments.

Greene County is set to receive a total of $56.9 million in federal ARPA funds to support local economic recovery efforts following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Burrell Behavioral Health and Ozark Empire Fairgrounds received the largest amount of ARPA funds, $5.3 million and $5 million, respectively.

Below is a list of organizations and the amount the Greene County Commission has approved for them to receive:

  • Greene County Family Justice Center Alliance – $855,670
  • Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, Missouri – $475,000
  • Missouri State University – $1.455 million
  • Ozarks Technical Community College – $750,000
  • Springfield Boys and Girls Clubs – $2 million
  • Burrell Behavioral Health – $5.325 million
  • Ozark Empire Fairgrounds – $5 million
  • Vecino Group – $4.5 million
  • Neighborhood Coalition Group – $1.5 million
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks – $1 million

“Today marks an important milestone in the ARPA process,” Greene County Chairman said.

Commissioner Bob Dixon in a statement.

“We are happy to bring these awards to our county and are grateful for what each of these great organizations does every day in our county. It was difficult to narrow the field because all the candidates make such a difference for our fellow citizens.”

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