American Rescue Plan Act

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

ARPA Community Forums

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:

Respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  1. Address the negative economic impacts the community has experienced as a result of COVID-19.
  2. Provide assistance in disproportionately impacted neighborhoods (for Pittsfield this is defined as the Morningside and Westside neighborhoods)..
  3. 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.
  4. To offset reductions in local government revenue due to COVID-19.
  5. Invest in water and/or sewer infrastructure.
  6. 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 is seeking input from the community about how these funds should be used. Please complete the survey below by the close of business on September 1, 2021.

            For the community survey in English, click here

            Para la encuesta comunitaria en español, haga clic aquí.

For more information or questions about ARPA, please email