American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the United States Congress and signed into law on March 11, 2021. It is meant to speed up the United States' recovery from the economic and health effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding package builds upon the CARES Act from March 2020 and its extension in December 2020. ARPA provides a total of $350 billion in assistance for eligible state and local governments to respond to the economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.
Clay County Funds
- $12.4 million of ARPA funding will come directly from the federal government to Clay County.
Funds must be obligated by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026. Clay County received 50% of the funds in 2021 and will receive the other half in 2022. This timeline is set by the federal government.
Current Guidance for Use of the Funds
State and local governments can use the funds to cover costs obligated by December 31, 2024, for certain purposes, including:
- Responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including providing assistance to households, small businesses and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel and hospitality;
- Responding to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers;
- Strengthening support for vital public services by replacing lost public sector revenue; and making necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
Clay County Distribution Plans
Clay County received $6.4 million in federal relief funds as part of ARPA in 2021. The Clay County Board of Commissioners has created a committee to oversee the distribution of those funds. The ARPA Committee is working on identifying funding priorities within the allowed use of the funds. When to ARPA Committee selects an appropriate project for funding, the Clay County Board of Commissioners must approve the expenditure.