The Town Council approved two separate grants to be awarded to Community Services at the January 10, 2022 council meeting.
The first grant, in the amount of $110,550 comes from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 as administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services for Cape Care. Cape Care provides preschool and childcare services at Community Services for local families. The grant provides monthly funding period starting October 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022. In a December 15, 2021 Memo to the Town Manager, Town Finance Director John Quartararo stated that a new department was created to help track the funding. The new department, 0639-Cape Care - ARPA, will be used until the funding is exhausted.
The second grant in the amount of $1,860 was awarded to Community Services - Youth Programs by the United States Tennis Association, Inc. (USTA). Community Services applied to the association’s “Grow the Game.” In a December 30, 2021 Memo to the Town Manager, Quartararo quoted that the program, “Is intended to defray some of the costs of delivering quality entry-level programs for those organization actively engaging new and returning players into the sport in a safe and meaningful way.”