Bexar County has extended the deadline to 10 a.m. Nov. 17 for organizations interested in applying for $31 million in American Rescue Plan Act public health funding.

The background

According to a news release, federal COVID-19 relief money is available for various initiatives addressing health disparities, chronic disease and conditions, and other areas of community-based health.

Programs that service clients in unincorporated Bexar County and suburban cities, such as Hollywood Park, Shavano Park, Schertz and Universal City, will be prioritized.

Bexar County invites proposals from interested nonprofit and for-profit organizations experienced in community-based health, equity and evaluation, behavioral and mental health, environmental health, housing, chronic disease prevention and management, education, access to care, and wellness in vulnerable populations.

ARPA funds will be divided between behavioral health—$21 million—and preventative health—$10 million—the release stated.

What they’re saying

Bexar County Judge Peter Sakai urged local groups to apply the available ARPA funds.

“We want to use these resources to help organizations expand services and improve the quality for the most vulnerable in our community,” Sakai said in a statement.