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.
In these series of meetings City Manager Eric Osterberg will be making a brief presentation on American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding with a special focus on the eligibility rules. City Staff will then walk citizens through small group brainstorming sessions before returning to a large group to discuss the ideas. This will help develop ideas that we can use funding for.
Schedule To Be Announced Soon
We want to be respectful that some of our citizens might not be available to or comfortable with attending our Moving Ferguson Forward meetings. We want to make sure your voices are still heard.
A Survey will be available soon for you to provide your valuable input.