(COLUMBIA, MO) - The City is now accepting initial project proposals applicable for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding in relation to mental health access, homelessness and workforce support. These initial proposals will be reviewed and selected applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal for consideration.

The City was awarded $25.2 million in ARPA funds from the federal government to address the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Columbia City Council previously identified four areas it would like to prioritize with the first half of the funding ($12.6 million). Those priority areas were homelessness, community violence, behavioral crisis care and mental health services and workforce development.

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After a community engagement process, priority areas for the second half of the funding ($12.6 million) were identified: mental health access, workforce support, access to services and affordable housing.

To access the initial application and additional information about the process, visit A virtual training will be held Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For those unable to attend, the session will be recorded and posted to

The application process for these priority areas will close Friday, Feb. 17, 2023. Funding opportunities for the final priority areas will open at a later date.

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