NOW OPEN: 2023 American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) – Second Round

In March, the CCRB Board approved a second round of ARPA funding for approximately $1 million. There are three broad categories of funding allowable: direct grants to agencies to compensate for lost revenues during the pandemic, capital projects, and direct services or programs for youth. Funds must be used in response to COVID impact on clients, services, or staff. For questions relating to the application, contact Michelle McElfresh at or 636.939.6200.

The application is due by 2:oo p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2023. Agencies currently not funded by the CCRB will need to request access to the CCRB’s submission portal. Contact Jeanne Spencer at

2023 Application for Funding – ARPA – includes instructions


2022 ARPA Funds Awarded

In July 2022, St. Charles County allocated $2.2 million to increase youth mental health and substance use treatment services and to offset lost revenue and increased expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CCRB will administer the funds and recipients have through 2026 to use the award.

Across the county, service providers are reporting increased levels of anxiety, depression, grief, and emotional dysregulation in youth, many of whom have been directly impacted by COVID-19. The capital and service grants will be used hire and retain staff, improve service delivery, and expand services throughout the county.

Fall 2022

  • November 2022, United 4 Children was granted $19,900.00 to provide early childhood education services in St. Charles County. They provide comprehensive services to childcare and after school programs that address the many needs of the whole-child, meeting caregivers where they are and guiding them with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure that children feel safe, engaged, supported and challenged by qualified and caring adults.
  • $50,000.00 was granted to Behavioral Health Response for utilities and services related to serving St. Charles County residents.
  • December 2022, UMSL Center for Behavioral Health was granted $50,625.00 for office renovations.

The following awards were granted by the CCRB in October 2022.

Agency Purpose Award
Capital Projects
Big Brothers Big Sisters Laptops and Monitors  $4,800.00
Boys & Girls Club Parking lot repairs  $52,000.00
Boys & Girls Club Sports Court  $35,808.27
Child Advocacy Center Office Space Buildout  $118,608.00
Community Living New sinks and recreational equipment at respite center  $5,543.76
Crisis Nursery HVAC and Electrical Work  $15,600.00
Family Forward Technology for new Trauma facility in Maryland Heights  $35,059.80
Megan Meier Computer Security  $4,763.00
Megan Meier Data System Consultation  $5,563.00
Preferred Family Outpatient-Curriculum, 2 Ipads, green space  $24,476.14
Preferred Family Team Of Concern-Curriculum  $18,782.00
Preferred Family Domestic Violence Shelter-Electrical work and electronic health records  $25,300.00
Treehouse Window Replacement  $10,000.00
Treehouse Security Cameras  $10,000.00
Youth In Need Foundation repair at Counseling Center  $4,400.00
Youth In Need Transtional Living Program-Plumbing repairs  $5,051.00
Youth In Need Emergency Shelter-painting  $22,000.00
Youth In Need Emergency Shelter-HVAC  $9,940.00
Youth In Need Roof replacement at Counseling Center  $24,000.00
Youth In Need Transitional Living Program-painting  $19,000.00
Youth In Need HVAC repairs at Counseling Center  $11,250.00
Service Grants
CHADS Staff retention and training  $20,350.00
Crisis Nursery Staff Retention  $11,410.00
Megan Meier Hiring of additional staff.  $44,418.00
Our Lady’s Inn Hiring of 3 staff, salary increases for current staff  $140,000.00
Youth in Need Training-Counseling program  $5,000.00
Youth In Need Training-Residential Staff Training for Emergency Shelter and TLP  $10,000.00
Youth In Need Staff Retention-Counseling, Emergency Shelter and TLP  $139,000.00
Total  $832,122.97