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Barnstable County Announces Application Process for $5 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grants

Information from the Office of the Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners and Assembly of Delegates

August 24, 2022 (Barnstable, MA) – Barnstable County officials today announced the opening of an application portal for Cape Cod organizations to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to apply for $5 million in small and medium-sized competitive grants.

Barnstable County’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) $5 million competitive grant program is available to non-county local government units, nonprofits, and private/for-profit organizations.  The grants will support the region’s economic recovery from COVID – 19. The online application portal can be found here: The deadline for LOI submissions is 9/30/22. 

The $5 million grant program is in addition to $10 million in Barnstable County APRA grants currently available to the 15 towns on Cape Cod.

Since May 2022, Barnstable County has awarded grants to five towns totaling $5,557,231.03.  Sheila Lyons, Chair of the County Board of Commissioners, and Patrick Princi, Speaker of the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates, encourage remaining towns to apply for their allocated funding. 

In addition to ARPA grants previously awarded to the towns of Mashpee and Bourne, today, Barnstable County awarded ARPA grants to the towns of Barnstable, Falmouth, and Sandwich.

  • Barnstable – $1,965,218.61 for the 720 Main Street Pump Station Replacement
  • Falmouth – $1,334,782.00 for Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades
  • Sandwich – $849,301.00 for Clean Water Improvement Project – Sandwich Public Schools

“We are grateful to county officials for this grant funding which will reduce the sewer rate impact to our residents on the public sewer system as a result of this improvement, which addresses both the condition and capacity of the town’s public sewer infrastructure and avoids a $4 million pipe replacement project on South St,” said Mark Milne, Director of Finance, Town of Barnstable.

“The Town of Falmouth is seeking to offset the costs of implementing a comprehensive, multi-phase water quality management plan by securing grant funds from ARPA and other sources. The more funds we receive from outside sources, the lower the cost to Falmouth property owners and the sooner we can complete the multi-phase project. We encourage the Barnstable County Commissioners and Assembly of Delegates to release the balance of ARPA funds to municipalities that are prepared to move forward with eligible projects within the timetable established for ARPA grants,” said Peter Johnson-Staub, Acting Town Manager.

“The Town of Sandwich will put $849,301 in American Rescue Plan Act funds facilitated by Barnstable County immediately to work on water quality infrastructure to support of our Schools, thereby reducing pressure on limited local capital funds and addressing one of the established regional goals for ARPA funding,” said George H. Dunham, Town Manager.

Barnstable County received $41.3 million in ARPA funds from the US Treasury, and the 15 towns in Barnstable County have, collectively, received an additional $26.1 million in ARPA funds. 

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