American Rescue Funds

OVERVIEW

Learn how Windsor is putting ARPA funds to use

What are American Rescue Funds?

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) includes financial relief for municipalities to address a variety of needs created by the far reaching COVID-19 pandemic. However, you’ll see us referring to these funds as ARF, or American Rescue Funds.

It is our goal to ensure Windsor residents are aware of the projects, programs and services funded through American Rescue Funds until all of the allocated funds are expended. Look out for our ARF dog, anywhere you see it, you’ll know American Rescue Funds were involved.

The funding will be provided to the town over a two year period with the expected amount to be approximately $8.5M.  Funds need to be expended or committed by the end of calendar year 2024.   In some cases, such as capital projects, funds need to be committed by that date but not fully expended until 2026.

Click the following link for detailed information on the American Rescue Plan Act.

Funds Allocation Framework

The Town Council has approved the designation of four key areas of focus, providing a framework on how to spend the funds.
Keep an eye out for these topics as information is released to better understand how this money is being used.

Competitive & Sustainable Economy

Small business assistance, workforce development (training, apprenticeships), promotion and marketing, redevelopment & workforce / affordable housing.

Safe, Strong, Diverse Neighborhoods & Families

Direct assistance to individuals & households, housing rehabilitation & weatherization, safety services, tenant and landlord assistance.

Community Health & Wellness

Public health education, social services, recreation programs (youth, families, seniors), library and literacy programs, behavioral health services and outreach.

Capital and Infrastructure Investments

Approximately $5,100,000 in funds to be allocated toward improvements to our community in the form of capital and infrastructure investments.

What’s already happened? A timeline:

Plan overview

An overview of the American Rescue Plan Act was provided to the town council.
July 2021

Council Workshop

A Council Workshop was held in August 2021 to further discuss the overall program guidelines and eligible use categories.
August 2021

Small Business and Non-Profit Grant

At their October 18, 2021 meeting, Town Council approved the Small Business and Nonprofit Grant Program and authorized the use of $500,000 in American Rescue Plan Funds.
October 2021

Framework and Potential Allocation Plan

Town staff presented an overall framework and potential allocation plan for the Town council to begin reviewing and considering.

Also in January, 50 small business and non-profit organizations received grant funding through the small business and non-profit grant program.
January 2022
American Rescue Funds branding initiative

American Rescue Funds branding initiative

At the February 7, 2022 Town Council meeting, a presentation of the American Rescue Funds (ARF) branding initiative was introduced.

At this meeting the Town Council approved the following framework for the allocation of funds:

– Competitive & Sustainable Economy,
– Safe, Strong, Diverse Neighborhoods & Families,
– Community Health & Wellness,
– $5,100,000 is estimated to be allocated towards investments in capital or infrastructure related projects.
February 2022

Windsor Volunteer Ambulance and Caring Connection Allocations

At their April 27, 2022 special meeting, the town council amended the FY 23 proposed budget by reducing the Windsor Volunteer Ambulance general fund contribution by $50,000 and appropriating the use of $150,000 in American Rescue Funds to Windsor Volunteer Ambulance.

In addition, the $40,000 contribution proposed for the Caring Connection Adult Day Health Center was removed from the general fund and $100,000 in American Rescue Funds was appropriated to the Caring Connection budget.
April 2022

Windsor Worx – An Economic Development Hub

At their May 16, 2022 meeting, the Town Council approved an appropriation of $165,000 of the town’s American Rescue Funds for the establishment of a Small Business Incubator and Support Center.

Learn About Windsor Worx
May 2022
Wilson Park

Wilson Park

At their July 5, 2022 meeting, the Town Council approved an appropriation of *$500,000 of the town’s American Rescue Funds as a local match to be included in a State of Connecticut Community Investment Fund grant application for the development of a community park at 458 Windsor Avenue.

Click here to learn more about the town’s grant application and conceptual drawings.

*Conceptual drawings will continue to be refined with additional public input and feedback.
*appropriation contingent on grant approval

July 2022

Endorsement of Riverfront Recapture’s Community Investment Fund grant application

Also at their July 5, 2022 meeting, the Town Council approved an appropriation of $50,000 of the town’s American Rescue Funds as an endorsement for Riverfront Recapture’s grant application for the extension of the multi-use path along the Connecticut River.

Click here to learn more about the grant application.

*appropriation contingent on grant approval
July 2022
Block Party

Block Party

A block party was held at the proposed development site for Wilson Park at 458 Windsor Avenue. Those in attendance were offered an opportunity to give their feedback on the proposed park plans and story map.
August 2022

Town council approved a Mental Health Clinician position in the Windsor Police Department.
 
A proposal for a Community & Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program was presented at the October 17th town council meeting. This program will assist community groups and neighborhoods with small-scale physical improvement projects as well as annual or one-time events sponsored by eligible organizations.
 
A proposal for Be Well Windsor was presented at the October 3rd town council meeting. Windsor’s town-wide health and wellness initiative that aims to have a positive impact on the health and quality of life for all Windsor residents.
 
Funds were approved for the Multi-family Housing Rehabilitation Program at the October 17th town council meeting. This program is designed to stabilize and preserve the quality and availability of affordable rental housing throughout Windsor.
October 2022
L.P. Wilson Pickleball & Tennis Courts

L.P. Wilson Pickleball & Tennis Courts

Funds were approved for the L.P. Wilson Pickleball and Tennis Court Project at the February 6th town council meeting. The existing courts will be replaced with new post-tension concrete foundation and surface. New netting posts, perimeter chain link fencing, and sound/wind screens will be installed. It will consist of two tennis courts and six pickleball courts.
February 2023
JFK School HVAC Project

JFK School HVAC Project

At the February 6th town council meeting, American Rescue Funds were approved to partially fund the JFK School HVAC Project. This project includes replacement of the original gymnasium HVAC units with air conditioning units, complete air conditioning of hallways, replacement of unit wall heaters, and replacement of fresh air make-up unit in the kitchen. The new equipment will be connected to existing Building Energy Management System to control and conserve energy usage.
February 2023
Baker Hollow Road Reconstruction

Baker Hollow Road Reconstruction

At the April 3 Town Council special meeting, an ordinance was passed appropriating $2,900,000 for costs in connection with the baker hollow road reconstruction project; authorizing the use of $800,000 American Rescue Funds to finance a portion of the appropriation; and authorizing the issue of $2,100,000 bonds and notes to finance the remaining portion of the appropriation.

This reconstruction of the unimproved portion of Baker Hollow Road will conform it to town roadway construction standards. These improvements will enhance development within the Day Hill Road Corporate Area and provide a suitable roadway surface for those entities currently existing, or proposed, along Baker Hollow Road.
April 2023
Shad Run Terrace & Fitch Court Improvements

Shad Run Terrace & Fitch Court Improvements

At the April 3 regular Town Council meeting, a motion approving $45,000 in American Rescue Funds was passed for design services and environmental studies related to the Shad Run Terrace Improvement project. The proposed improvements and upgrades at Shad Run Terrace involve building envelope work including energy efficient windows and doors; shingle roof, gutters, downspouts, siding, as well as replacement of mini-split heating/air conditioning systems with more efficient units. Improvements for accessibility will be determined as the project scope is further developed. The new energy efficient windows, doors and mini-split systems will help the residents save on their energy bills.

At the same meeting, a motion was also approved authorizing $25,000 in American Rescue Funds for design services related to the Fitch Court roof replacement project.

At the May 1 regular Town Council meeting, a motion was passed appropriating an additional $35,000 for the Shad Run Terrace Improvement Project.
April 2023
Windsor Youth Services Bureau - STEP Expansion

Windsor Youth Services Bureau – STEP Expansion

At the May 15 regular Town Council Meeting, a motion was passed appropriating $39,000 in American Rescue Funds for the expansion of the Summer Teen Employment Program. These funds will allow the program (originally started in 2014) to expand from 15 participants to 30 participants.

The STEP program provides 9th, 10th, and 11th grade young adults with a summer full of professional development opportunities, including interview skills, resume writing, financial management, park cleanups, small build projects, and the coordination of Community Block Parties.
May 2023
Small Business Incubator & Support Centers

Small Business Incubator & Support Centers

At the August 7 Regular Town Council Meeting a motion was approved allocating $100,000 in American Rescue Funds to provide $50,000 to both Windsor Worx and The Collective Space for the business incubator and small business support.
August 2023
Community & Neighborhood Enhancement Program

Community & Neighborhood Enhancement Program

The Community and Neighborhood Enhancement Program has disbursed all grant funds, totaling $69,742 to 17 nonprofit & community organizations to assist with small-scale physical improvement projects as well as annual or one-time events. View some of the projects and the impact their having on our community here.
August 2023
Welch Pool Improvement Project

Welch Pool Improvement Project

At a Special Town meeting on December 4th an appropriation in the amount of  $3,080,000 to fund the Welch Pool Improvement Project; and authorize the use of  $2,700,000 in American Rescue Funds and $380,000 from the General Fund Unassigned Fund Balance” was unanimously approved.
  
The project includes complete interior renovation of the bathhouse with a 368 sq. ft. addition and roof replacement. The redesigned interior of the bathhouse will have a new entry vestibule with a staff admittance desk and completely new ADA-compliant men’s and women’s restrooms. The project includes all new plumbing fixtures, flooring, and painted wall surfaces. An existing adjacent bathroom will be transformed into a family changing room. The current water filtration equipment will be moved into the building for weather protection. The pool decking and coping will be replaced, and a new pool liner will be installed. The existing wading pool will be replaced with spray features. The perimeter fencing on the south west side of the pool area will be extended, providing approximately 400 sq. ft. of seating space.
December, 2023
Wilson Park

Wilson Park

In January, an appropriation was introduced in the amount of  $4,355,000 for the development of Wilson Park project at 458 Windsor Avenue utilizing $4,000,000 from the Connecticut Community Investment Fund and $355,000 in American Rescue Funds (Town Manager).

In February, the above appropriation was approved along with a resolution to set a referendum date and approve ballot language for the Wilson Park project at 458 Windsor Avenue (Town Manager).
January, 2024