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Barnstable County Commissioners Announce Launch of Public Comment Period for Expenditure of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grant Funds


Information from Barnstable County Commissioners’ Office

Barnstable County was allocated $41.3 million in the ARPA legislation, efforts are now underway to determine regional priorities for disbursement of those funds

December 22, 2021 (Barnstable, MA) – The Barnstable County Board of Commissioners announced that a public comment period on the distribution of ARPA grant funds received from the US Department of the Treasury will begin next week.

The Commissioners want input from citizens, sector stakeholders, the town elected and appointed officials, members of the Assembly of Delegates, and members of Cape Cod’s legislative delegation on priorities for eligible uses of these funds.

“This is a great one-time opportunity for Cape Cod to address regional needs and the Commissioners look forward to engaging in this public comment process,” said Barnstable County Commission Chairman Ron Bergstrom.  Barnstable County Commissioners Mark Forest and Sheila Lyons added “we need to hear about the priorities that the towns and citizens have for the use of these grant funds and their views will factor into fund distribution decisions to come.”

The public comment period will be from 12/27/21 to 2/3/22.  Further details will be released on Monday 12/27/21.

Barnstable County, and other municipal and county governments, have until December 31, 2024, to determine the use of American Rescue Plan Act funds and until December 31, 2026, to spend all funds.

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