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Barnstable County Announces $5 Million in ARPA Grants

Twenty Cape Cod Organizations to Receive Funding for Critical Projects

May 31, 2023 (BARNSTABLE, MA) – The Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners, along with the members of the Assembly of Delegates and representatives from U.S. Congressman Bill Keating, Senator Edward Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, met today to award $5 million in ARPA grants to 20 organizations across Cape Cod.

“This ARPA funding sends a strong message to Cape Cod that the federal government is committed to the recovery of our communities hit hardest by COVID. I am very grateful to see so many vital organizations using these federal funds to support these essential priorities for Cape Cod,” said Congressman Bill Keating.

“I’m glad to see this funding from the American Rescue Plan Act support the powerfully important work of twenty organizations across Cape Cod,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren. “I, alongside Senator Markey and Congressman Keating, fought hard to secure these funds, and I will keep working to ensure the federal government is a strong partner to our communities.”

“Today the County Commissioners are proud to join with our Congressional delegation and Assembly delegates to celebrate the outstanding work of these twenty grant recipients. The $5 million in funding will go toward implementing projects that will have a lasting and positive impact all across Cape Cod. We made an extra effort to make sure that federal ARPA funds went directly to Cape Cod organizations that are out in the community meeting the critical needs of our residents,” said Barnstable County Commissioners Chairman, Mark Forest.

County Commissioner Sheila Lyons added, “Congratulations to the ARPA fund recipients who are safeguarding the health, welfare, and safety of Cape Codders from Bourne to Provincetown.  These organizations deserve our support and gratitude for the crucial work they do for our communities.”

“These are 20 tremendous projects that will benefit this region now and, in the future,” said Patrick Princi, Speaker of the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates. 

The following organizations were awarded ARPA Grants:

Belonging to Each Other, Inc.Transitional Housing for Adults Experiencing Homelessness in Falmouth, MA$350,000
Cape Abilities Inc.Van Purchases for transport of disabled adult program participants$222,000
Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach CenterSupport of the Food Operations Center to feed more than 2,000 veterans and their families$139,802
Cape Cod Children’s PlaceCreating a Culture of Resilience in Early Education and Care$371,090
Cape Cod Community CollegeCampus Broadband/WiFi Improvement and Expansion$205,500
Cape Cod Council of Churches, Inc.Support for COVID-Related Expansion of Services for the Food Program and for A Baby Center$251,000
Cape Cod Pharmacy and Health LLC d/b/a Whole Health PharmacyFor their Mass-Vaccination Response Team Expansion$173,028
Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, Inc.Stabilization for Vulnerable Residents of Cape Cod Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic$175,000
Cape Kid Meals, Inc.Equipment and supplies to provide food for the school-aged children of food-insecure families on weekends when access to school breakfast/lunch programs are not available.$150,000
Community Connections, Inc.Staff Training and Tuition Remission to Attract and Retain Direct Support Professionals (for the Cape Cod Disability Network)$122,852
Health Imperatives, Inc.Barnstable County “Equity Now–Teen Health Program”, to provide health services at their Hyannis Sexual and Reproductive Health clinic to 1,500 low-income, under-insured adolescents and adults.$195,545
Helping Our Women Inc.To create a Center for Women’s Wellness & Peer Support on the Outer Cape$207,241
Homeless Prevention Council, Inc.For New Building Acquisition and Renovation and for Direct Assistance Funds for Clients$275,000
Housing Assistance CorporationTo support access to housing via the THRIVE Program, and with payments for elderly and disabled housing$288,000
Latham Centers, Inc.For a Kitchen Renovation and Upgrade to support their residential care services for intellectually disabled persons.$311,711
Lower Cape Outreach CouncilTo restart the “Foods to Encourage” Program, educating the public about healthier options to choose at food pantries and stores.$113,054
Provincetown Public Schools
(Serves children from P-town + 4 Outer Cape towns)
For repairs and upgrades to the Provincetown Schools Early Learning Center building and grounds.$362,801
The Family Pantry of Cape Cod Food ProgramFor Food Supplies for Distribution$300,000
Town of Eastham
(4-Town Behavioral Health Team)
For a 4-town collaboration to provide Behavioral Health outreach and services (Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown)$381,375
YMCA Cape CodFor Housing Stipends to recruit and retain Child Care Staff$405,000
From top left: Mike Jackman, District Director, US Rep. Bill Keating; Caleb White, Regional Director, US Senator Elizabeth Warren; Vice Chair Ronald Bergstrom; James Cantwell, MA State Director, US Senator Ed Markey; Commissioner Sheila Lyons; Chairman Mark Forest.


Over the past 18 months, Barnstable County has appropriated over $40 million in APRA funding.  In addition to the $5 million in grants announced today, the County has funded $12.8 million in regional projects to expand and sustain the County’s investment in water quality, affordable housing, post-COVID public health, emergency management needs, and equipment for the County Dredge, and provided $10 million in ARPA funds to the 15 towns on Cape Cod.

The County has also issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for $11.4 million to address housing and homelessness.  The RFP and bid documents are online at

To further assist those seeking grant opportunities, the County has developed a comprehensive online resource center, the ARPA/Recovery Resource Center that serves as a centralized platform with an array of information and resources that have been curated to cater to the specific needs of the community.


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