McGovern Secures Over $11.3 Million of Federal Funding for Critical Local Investments in Government Funding Package

Funding to Combat Hunger and Support Local Arts, Education, and Health Care Projects to be Signed Into Law by President Biden

MASSACHUSETTS’ SECOND DISTRICTToday, Congressman James P. McGovern (MA-02), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, announced more than $11.3 million in federal funding for a range of critical local investments in the Second District. The funding for these community projects has been authorized as a part of a new bipartisan appropriations package which passed the House and Senate this week.

“I am celebrating alongside so many essential organizations in our community whose efforts will be recognized with a collective investment of more than $11.3 million in federal funding,” said Congressman McGovern. “As Chair of the House Rules Committee, I fought hard for the inclusion of community projects in this appropriations bill to deliver vital support to worthwhile causes across the Second District and the nation.”

McGovern directly championed funding for 10 projects that will benefit residents in the Second District, including:

  • $300,000 to the Creative Hub Community Arts Center in Worcester for the creation of a multi-purpose arts center.
  • $110,000 to the Spanish American Center in Leominster for a food truck and refrigerated van to help fight food insecurity.
  • $3,000,000 to the Worcester Area Business Education Foundation in Worcester to expand the Food Hub at Union Station. 
  • $2,500,000 to the Northampton Community Arts Trust in Northampton for the creation of a community arts facility.
  • $1,047,542 to LaunchSpace for the creation of a center to support employment training in Athol.
  • $430,000 to Veterans Inc. in Worcester for behavioral health services for veterans and their families.
  • $975,000 to Centro Las Americas in Worcester for a telehealth and electronic health records project and purchasing equipment.
  • $975,000 to Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester to purchase technology for their workforce training programs.
  • $1,000,000 to Worcester State University in Worcester to expand early college programs to low-income high school students.
  • $1,000,000 to the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst for a robotics program, including scholarships.

President Biden is expected to sign the appropriations package into law soon.