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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Michele Hall
Administrative Coordinator
Boone County Commission
Phone: (573) 886-4312

Boone County Commission Announces Recipients of First Round of ARPA Funding

July 25, 2023 – The Boone County Commission is pleased to announce the recipients of the first round of Boone County American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Following a rigorous review process, the Commission is awarding approximately $12 million to 26 organizations across Boone County. The list of awardees can be found below.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed into law on March 11, 2021. The Act established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program, which provides funding that must be allocated for pandemic rescue and recovery efforts.

In January 2023, the Commission began accepting applications for the first round of Boone County ARPA funding with an application deadline of March 31, 2023. To promote community awareness, the Commissioners held ten community listening sessions throughout Boone County prior to the deadline. These meetings, in addition to information shared by local media, led to an applicant pool of over 100 organizations, requesting more than $83 million in funding, far surpassing the Commission’s expectations.

In early April, the Commission initiated a robust screening process, which included a 20-person panel comprised of individuals representing departments and offices across Boone County Government, to thoroughly consider each application. Each application was vetted for adherence to the established regulations for eligibility as set forth by the U.S. Department of the Treasury; feasibility and sustainability of the project; and fulfilment of the mission of improving lives and creating transformative change in Boone County through the use of the one-time funds.  

The Commission would like to extend its thanks to all applicants. The pool of applicants was rich with innovative program proposals focused on improving Boone County and its citizens, which made the selection process difficult but also inspired confidence and hope in the future of Boone County. The awardees are now tasked with carrying out the mission of improving lives and creating transformative change.

The ARPA funding will be distributed to recipients upon the completion of a contract provided by Boone County. A second round of Boone County ARPA funding will be announced at a later date.

Category Applicant  Funding Approved Location
Service/Capital Ashland Optimist Club/Foundation  $ 52,250 Ashland
Education Boone County Nature School  $ 200,000 Unincorporated
Service/Revenue Loss Centralia Chamber of Commerce  $ 40,000 Centralia
Water Infrastructure City of Centralia - Centralia Sewer Lining  $ 400,000 Centralia
Social Service/Capital City of Refuge  $ 750,000 Columbia
Service/Capital City of Sturgeon - City Park Update/Reno  $ 50,000 Sturgeon
Water Infrastructure City of Sturgeon - Stormwater  $ 89,500 Sturgeon
Economic Development CMCA - The Shops at Sharp End  $ 397,821 Columbia
Food Security/Capital Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture  $ 1,500,000 Columbia
Workforce Support/Service Columbia Chamber of Commerce  $ 181,000 Columbia
Affordable Housing  County of Boone Community Services Department  $ 110,000 Columbia
Social Services/Capital Coyote Hill  $ 123,560 Harrisburg
Workforce Support/Service First/Last Mile Valet Service  $ 428,100 Columbia
Social Services Grade A Plus Incorporated   $ 100,000 Columbia
Park Infrastructure Grow Hallsville Parks Foundation  $ 225,000 Hallsville
Affordable Housing/Capital Habitat for Humanity  $ 708,500 Columbia
Social Services/Capital In2Action  $ 1,200,000 Columbia
Workforce Support/Service Job Point  $ 225,000 Columbia
Homeless/Capital Love Columbia  $ 1,000,000 Columbia
Education Missouri River Relief  $ 125,000 Unincorporated
Homeless/Services Room at the Inn  $ 206,000 Columbia
Broadband/Capital Socket Telecom, LLC  $ 1,000,000 Unincorporated
Food Security/Capital Southern Boone Schools  $ 450,000 Ashland
Food Security/Capital The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri  $ 1,000,000 Columbia
Social Service/Capital United Community Builders  $ 750,000 Columbia
Education/Capital MU Extension Council Training Center  $ 350,000 Unincorporated
Social Service Do Something Right Now  $ 155,880 Unincorporated
  TOTAL:  $ 11,661,731