On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319), also known as ARPA, into law. The $1.9 trillion package is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health and economic impacts. ARPA allocates hundreds of billions of dollars for public health and vaccines, assistance for vulnerable populations, education and housing stabilization, economic recovery assistance and direct assistance.
About 19% of ARPA funds are dedicated to the Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF). These funds are sent to nearly every State, Tribal Nation, County, City, Town, and Village across the country--including Somerville. Funds can be used for the following purposes: responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative impacts; to provide premium pay to essential workers who worked during the COVID-19 pandemic; to replace government's lost revenue; and to make investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
Funds must be obligated by December 31st, 2024, and fully spent by December 31st, 2026. Most projects must close by December 31st, 2024—discuss with ARPA staff for more details.
How to Apply for ARPA
Applications to the ARPA nonprofit funding round are closed. Award decisions are expected in the spring.