AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT (ARPA) FUNDING

ARPA FUNDING

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic challenges. First proposed on January 14, 2021, the package builds upon measures in the CARES Act of 2020 and in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The purpose of the bill is to send relief to states and local governments affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic allowing them to better respond to the resulting public health needs and economic hardships that communities continue to experience nationwide.

 

Santa Barbara County was awarded $86.7 million of SLFRF and will receive the first 50% payment, or tranche of $43.34 million in FY 2021-2022. The County should receive the next 50% payment of $43.34 million for the second tranche in FY 2022-23. Funds must be incurred by December 31, 2024.

 

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the $362 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund provides local fiscal aid to support urgent COVID-19 response efforts, cover increased expenditures, replenish lost revenue and mitigate economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The distribution of the $362 billion is allocated as follows:

  • States Fiscal Recovery Fund ($219.8 billion)
  • States and District of Columbia: $195.3 billion
  • U.S. Territories: $4.5 billion
  • Tribal Governments: $20 billion
  • Local Fiscal Recovery Fund ($130.2 billion)
  • $65.1 billion in direct federal aid to all counties
  • $65.1 billion to cities and other non-county municipalities
  • Coronavirus Capital Projects ($10 billion)
  • Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund ($2 billion)
  • Funds may cover costs from March 3, 2021 through December 24, 2024.

ARPA Funding Breakdown

Click here to view the interactive tool that helps navigate the roughly $1.5 trillion in county related funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Programs that may provide counties with additional funding are denoted as “county eligible.” As federal guidance for the various new and existing programs are released, this information will be updated.

 

Click the boxes below to view the complete breakdown of ARPA funding. 

 

Santa Barbara County Direct Allocation

Santa Barbara County was awarded $86.7 million of SLFRF and will receive the first 50% payment, or tranche of $43.34 million in FY 2021-2022. The County should receive the next 50% payment of $43.34 million for the second tranche in FY 2022-23. Funds must be incurred by December 31, 2024.

 

The Eligible Categories & Uses for ARPA Funding
*Specific to direct County allocation
  • Public Health expenses to respond to and mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic include vaccination services, testing, contact tracing, payroll for public health and safety staff responding to COVID-19 and mental health services.
  • Negative Economic Impacts include providing household assistance to vulnerable populations most impacted by COVID-19 through food assistance programs, internet access programs, and aid to other impacted industries.
  • Service to Disproportionately Impacted Communities include expanding childcare programs and combating homelessness.
  • Infrastructure investments in water, wastewater, and stormwater projects.
  • Government Services include modernization of cyber security, environmental remediation, school or educational expenses, health services, and the provision of police, fire, and other public safety services.
  • Administrative expenses include grant management and consulting, auditing, and financial reporting services.
Recovery Plan Performance Report

All states, territories, and metropolitan cities and counties with a population that exceeds 250,000 residents that are recipients of State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) awards are required to produce a Recovery Plan Performance Report (the “Recovery Plan”). The Recovery Plan provides information on the recipient’s projects and how they plan to ensure program outcomes are achieved in an effective and equitable manner. Santa Barbara County’s Recovery Plan Performance will be available by December 2021.

 

American Rescue Plan Reporting Resources

For detailed information regarding recipient compliance and reporting responsibilities, please visit the U.S. Treasury Compliance and Reporting Website.

 

The U.S. Treasury facilitated a series of webinars to provide an overview of the American Rescue Plan Compliance and Reporting Guidance issued on June 17, 2021. We encourage you to visit the United States Treasury website for the Interim Final Rule, an informational Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions.

 

American Rescue Plan Recovery Plan (will be posted here by December 2021).


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