Scranton ARPA Wellness Grant Applications Open

August 22, 2022

Application period is open August 22 to September 16, 2022

SCRANTON, PA. – The City of Scranton opened grant applications today for non-profit organizations, private entities, and government agencies to help address key areas of community wellness. Grant funding is available as a portion of the City’s total $68.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

“We know that the pandemic has had a terrible impact on the well-being of so many people,” said Mayor Paige G. Cognetti. “In Scranton, we’re especially aware of COVID-19’s effects on mental health, drug abuse, and violence. This next round of grant funding aims to address the unfortunate patterns we are already seeing and put sustainable programs in place to prevent these issues for years to come.”

Organizations can click here to access the grant application.

Groups are also invited to register at for a webinar outlining the grant process on Friday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m. Applications close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.

Grant funding may be used to support eligible programs and support systems focused on areas including, but not limited to:

  • Drug overdose prevention programs
    • Prevention, treatment, crisis care, support groups, and outreach
    • Costs for residence in supportive or recovery housing
    • 988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and other hotline services
  • Behavioral health response and violence prevention
    • Support for domestic and sexual violence service providers
    • Behavioral health facilities and equipment
    • Trauma recovery
    • Education and job training
    • Legal and other counseling services
  • Wellness programs
    • Supporting physical, mental, and emotional well-being related to chronic disease, behavioral health, cancer screening, and more

Drug overdose prevention grants of $50,000 to $100,000 each will be awarded to eligible applicants, with a total of $250,000 allotted. Behavioral health and violence prevention grants will be awarded in amounts up to $100,000, with a total of $500,000 in funding available. Wellness program grants are valued at up to $50,000 per organization, with a total of $200,000 available.

Groups are encouraged to begin their applications early, but funding is not awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. All applications will be reviewed for eligibility following the September 16 deadline.

Additional information about the City of Scranton’s ARPA plan can be found at

ABOUT THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT (ARPA) OF 2021: ARPA is a $1.9 trillion federal economic stimulus bill. The City of Scranton has been awarded $68.7 million in ARPA funds to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its economic impacts. The mission of Scranton’s ARPA program is to give people access to resources, rebuild the infrastructure systems that impact their everyday lives, and foster equitable wealth generation that targets the needs of Scranton residents.

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