The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Town of Enfield to meet pandemic response need and rebuild a stronger and more equitable community. ARPA is the sixth federal COVID-19 relief bill passed in the last year and is by far the largest infusion of resources to the State of Connecticut. It is estimated that more than $6 billion will come to the state through multiple ARPA grant programs. The Town of Enfield will receive approximately $13 million in ARPA funding to distribute over the next five years.
The Town Council created two line items in the budget – a $200,000 line item for Non-Profit grants and $250,000 for Small Business grants. The Council tasked the Town’s Economic Development Commission to review the Small Business grant applications. Meanwhile, a working group of Town Employees reviewed the applications for the Non-Profit grants.
The Town Council is pleased to announce the recipients for the first round of funding: