American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

Over the next two years, Pittsfield will receive about $32.4 million in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This funding can be used to:

     1. Respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
     2. Address the negative economic impacts the community has experienced as a result of COVID-19.
     3. Provide assistance in disproportionately impacted neighborhoods (for Pittsfield this is defined as the
         Morningside and Westside neighborhoods).
     4. Provide premium pay to low income employees who are doing or did essential work – working in
         businesses considered high risk, worked with the public, and/or distributed goods - during the
         COVID-19 public health emergency.
     5. To offset reductions in local government revenue due to COVID-19.
     6. Invest in water and/or sewer infrastructure.
     7. Invest in broadband infrastructure.

The funds cannot be used for:
  • Tax reductions or cuts
  • Pension fund payments/deposits
  • Legal settlements
  • To meet federal grant match requirements
  • Roads and bridges

The Treasury Department and the Massachusetts departments of Revenue and Administration and Finance have and will continue to provide guidance and monitor municipal use of and reporting about these funds.

The City sought input from the public about how these funds should be used through four community forums. Please click here to view input from these forums.

For more information or questions about ARPA, please email