On March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed. The goal of the funds was to accelerate the recovery and address the health impacts of COVID-19. This one-time money source can be used to provide immediate recovery needs and to pilot long-term investments will help in Moving Ferguson Forward. The City of Ferguson will receive about $4 million of the funds, $2 million in 2021 and $2 million in 2022 with a deadline to appropriate these funds by December 31, 2024.
The City of Ferguson is launching a public engagement campaign where our citizens will have multiple opportunities in both virtual and in-person formats to share their ideas. It is important that we hear your ideas about of how we can best use this funding to meet your needs. We hope to hear a diverse and innovative range of ideas that will help us bring our community forward. Ferguson City Leadership is looking to maximize the impact of these funds and your input will be instrumental. We are aiming to use these funds in an intentional way that is transformative for our community. While all ideas won’t be able to be funded with the money we receive, we will retain a record of the remaining ideas and exploring if they can be addressed through other funding methods.
Input Meetings Schedule
City Manager Eric Osterberg held 4 input meetings in December 2021 and January 2022 which included brief presentations on American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding with a special focus on the eligibility rules. Citizens then walked through small group brainstorming sessions before returning to a large group to discuss the ideas. These ideas helped provide input on what we could use the funding for.
St. Louis County ARPA Funding Survey
St. Louis County received $193 million dollars from the Federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to invest in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. The purpose of this survey is to hear directly from residents how the County should consider investing a portion of these funds to respond to community needs. Every response is voluntary and can be left blank for any questions you wish to not respond to.
To Learn more about the County ARPA Funding and provide your feedback or attend one of their town halls, visit: https://stlouiscountymo.gov/community-needs-survey/