Hopkinton’s Youth & Family Services is accepting grant applications from residents disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the town announced.
In 2021, a $4 billion spending package was passed at the state level to invest in the commonwealth’s COVID-19 economic recovery. The legislation utilizes $2.55 billion in funding from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and $1.45 billion in funding from the state budget surplus for fiscal year 2021. Hopkinton has been allocated a $90,000 grant by the commonwealth, which will allow the town to help residents who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been our mission to ensure that our community members are receiving support from the town, and with this new grant application, we are pleased to say that we are continuing those efforts,” Town Manager Norman Khumalo said. “We understand that the pandemic took a toll on many families and resulted in financial hardships. With this grant program we hope to provide economic relief to those in need and we encourage anyone who may be eligible to receive grant funds to apply.”
Qualifying COVID-19 pandemic impacts may include job loss, furlough debts, overdue utility bills, education loss, medical expenses (including behavioral health), cost of fuel/gasoline, costs of basic needs impacted by inflation, inability to address home or car repairs to cover other expenses, or other needs.
Applications must be submitted to Hopkinton Youth & Family Services and should be received by Thursday, Dec. 1. Once all applications have been received, grants will be determined by the number of approved applicants. One grant award will be made per household.
For more information, contact the Outreach/Social Services Department through Hopkinton Senior Services at 508-497-9730, or Hopkinton Youth & Family Services at 508-497-9781.