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Coweta approves seven ARPA awards to five organizations


  • By Joe Adgie
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  • Sep. 23, 2022 - 3:21 PM

Coweta approves seven ARPA awards to five organizations

The Newnan Times-Herald

The Coweta County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a total of $1,539,975 in American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, funds for a number of non-profit organizations in the county.

In total, seven awards were issued to five different organizations.

Meals on Wheels of Coweta, Inc. was awarded $280,647. The purpose of the funds is to “increase the number of clients served and purchase related fixed assets.”

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce received two awards. The first award, worth $365,684, is to implement job training programs for underemployed and unemployed individuals that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The second award is worth $496,144, and is meant to provide aid to small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to “enhance their digital capabilities.”

One Roof Ecumenical Alliance Outreach received two awards for programs for low or moderate-income citizens. The first award, worth $27,500, is intended to pay for mental health services, while the second award, worth $50,000, is to pay for transportation to health care and other necessary appointments.

The Pathways Center received a $200,000 award to pay for mental health services provided between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2024. The services will be used for patients “whose outstanding balances put them at risk for being denied care.”

The Coweta Community Foundation, meanwhile, received $120,000 to provide utility assistance for low or moderate-income citizens.

The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the ARPA funds without much discussion at their meeting on Tuesday.

In total, Coweta County has been awarded $28 million by the U.S. Treasury to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative impacts. Of that $28 million, around $15.7 million has been obligated, according to county communications manager Cathy Wickey.

“The County has determined planned uses for the remaining $13.1 million but is still working out the details,” Wickey said in an email on Thursday.