What Local Government Difference-Makers Need to Know About the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA)

What Local Government Difference-Makers Need to Know About the American Rescue Plan Act

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On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion ARPA. It will bring much-needed relief for states and local governments and includes some opportunities to leverage funds for IT-addressable areas of need uncovered by the pandemic.

Counties: Any county, parish, or area defined as a county equivalent by the Census Bureau

Metropolitan Cities: Any city designated as a “Metropolitan City” by the office of management and budget or any non-metropolitan city with a population of 50,000 or more

Non-Entitlement Unit of Local Government: Any non-metropolitan city with a population of less than 50,000

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How Can Local Governments Use ARPA Funds?

Payments should cover costs incurred by December 31, 2024, within the following areas:

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Aid impacted industries (mostly service-oriented)

(A) to respond to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19) or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality;

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Payment for essential workers

(B) to respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID–19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers of the metropolitan city, non-entitlement unit of local government, or county that are performing such essential work, or by providing grants to eligible employers that have eligible workers who perform essential work;

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Aid impacted industries (mostly service-oriented)

(C) for the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue of such metropolitan city, non-entitlement unit of local government, or county due to the COVID–19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year of the metropolitan city, non-entitlement unit of local government, or county prior to the emergency;

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Investing in public works and internet

(D) to make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.

Top things
to keep in mind

  • The world has changed around us and your department has new demands
  • The projects in your department needed to meet these demands will go through a new internal competition for funding

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Now is a time to make the most of external funding support to make long-term efficiency gains by leveraging technology. Working with CivicPlus has been great; they have a plan, and our projects are all mapped. It's allowed us, even as a small community, to do multiple projects at the same time and still get them all done.

Mark O’Keefe

Director of Public Communications for the City of Tavares, Florida.

How to Determine if You are Eligible for ARPA Funding

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Identify with whom you should contact in your administration to request an allotment of available funds.

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Prioritize the needs of your department, considering the long term effect and how funding today can sustain you for the next three to five years.

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Schedule time with your CivicPlus solution specialist to collaborate on a technology plan and receive tailored American Rescue Plan information.

Talk To A Solution Specialist Today

A CivicPlus solution specialist will help you with:

  • Personalized funding details for your municipality
  • Best practices for writing a proposal
  • Sample justification materials

Step-1-Laptop At CivicPlus®, we’ve been supporting our over 4,000 clients in their vaccination communication efforts and are helping them optimize their response strategies. Read about the over 200 CARES Act-funded projects we launched last year. Our local government emergency communication specialists recommend the three tactics above to ensure your citizens can find vaccine information, register for an appointment, and get protected. For more guidance from your colleagues, watch this recorded roundtable discussion.