PUBLISHED AUGUST 3, 2021 • 8 MIN READ
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319), also known as ARP, into law. The $1.9 trillion package is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health and economic impacts. The American Rescue Plan Act 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 for families and individuals.
On Tuesday, April 19th, the Town's Select Board authorized just over $22.4 million in funding to several local organizations and municipal departments to support a variety of COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts: Affordable Housing, Mental Health, Food Access, Continuation of Town Services, Education, Transportation, and Economic Recovery, to name a few. Click here to view the list of awarded projects.
Please check back regularly for updates. Details for the second round will be announced at a later date.
January 11th, 2022
Due to the expiration of federal CARE’s funding in December 2021, a COVID-19 Response Continuation budget of $1.8 million was approved by the Select Board (watch the meeting here). This will allow the Town to continue supporting remote meetings, provide safe access to public buildings, manage grant compliance activities, and provide other COVID-related responses. This request was separate from project-specific requests that may be considered as part of a larger strategy regarding the use of ARPA funds.
January 28th, 2022
The Town’s first ARPA Expenditure Report (officially referred to as the CSLFRF Project and Expenditure Report) for funds obligated between March 1st, 2021 to December 31st, 2021 has been published online. Future reports will be submitted to the Treasury on a quarterly basis and shared on this page.
February 8th, 2022
The Brookline Community Foundation (BCF) presented their ARPA Community Engagement & Survey Results to the board (watch the presentation here) and published the full report. The BCF’s findings will help the Town target investments in the greatest needs identified by the community, such as COVID-19 Response, Food Insecurity, Secondary and Higher Education, Assistance to Households, Green and Public Spaces, Mental Health Care Programs and Services, Broadband Infrastructure, and Housing—to name a few. The BCF will continue their involvement with ARPA by providing technical assistance to applicants.
March 1st, 2022
The American Rescue Plan Submission Review Committee was created to review ARPA requests and provide recommendations to the Select Board for funding. The Town Administrator’s presentation to the Select Board provides further detail on the evaluation and implementation process for ARPA funded projects.
March 18th, 2022
The Town officially closed the proposal submission period for the first round of ARPA funding. From September 21st, 2021 to March 18th, 2022, the Town has received 86 proposals totaling $164,002,339 in requested funds.
April 1st, 2022
Members of the ARPA Submission Review Committee have narrowed down their top proposals for discussion on drafting the initial slate of funding before receiving public input.
April 8th, 2022
Members of the ARPA Submission Review Committee have continued to narrow down the proposals to create a draft slate of $23.2 million in funding recommendations.
April 15th, 2022
Members of the ARPA Submission Review Committee finalized their funding recommendations to create a final slate of proposals totaling $21.4 million.
April 19th, 2022
The Town's Select Board approved over $22.4 million in projects for the first round of ARPA funding.
- ARPA Review Committee Documents
- U.S. Treasury's Fact Sheet provides a brief overview of the CSLFRF.
- GFOA’s Analysis of the American Rescue Plan site is regularly updated as information on the ARPA is published.
- NACO’s Legislative Analysis for Counties: American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 has all the latest County focused information.
- ICMA’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Summary is a well-organized summary of the bill that can be downloaded as a PDF.
ARPA Eligibility and Requirements
- ARPA Community Engagement & Survey Results Presentation to the Select Board by the BCF from February 8, 2022.
- The slides can be downloaded here.
Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund
$360 Billion, or about 19%, of the total funding in the ARP is dedicated to the Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CSLFRF), Section 9901 of the legislation. These funds are dedicated to nearly every State, Tribal Nation, County, City, Town, and Village across the country.
About $130 Billion, or 1/3 of the total CSLFRF, is available specifically for local governments. Many jurisdictions that saw no aid from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) will receive money directly or as a pass through from their state. Half of these funds are for counties, and half are for cities and other non-county jurisdictions.
- All Counties will receive direct federal aid.
- Cities with populations of at least 50,000: $45.57 billion in direct federal aid using a modified CDBG formula.
- Cities with populations below 50,000: $19.53 billion based on each jurisdiction’s percentage of the state’s population, not exceeding 75 percent of its most recent budget as of January 27, 2020 distributed through the states.
TOTAL ARPA FUNDING TO BROOKLINE
ARPA FUNDING RECIEVED TO DATE
POTENTIAL ARPA FUNDING TO BROOKLINE FROM NORFOLK COUNTY
Flexible Use and Extended Time Horizon
While the CARES Act and CRF were intended to respond to the direct and immediate impacts of the public health emergency, the American Relief Plan and CSLFRF are aimed at continuing that response and providing relief to the economic impacts of the public health response. As a result, the CSLFRF funds may be used in the following ways (as identified in the bill's text.)
- 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;
- 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, nonentitlement 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;
- For the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue of such metropolitan city, nonentitlement 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, nonentitlement unit of local government, or county prior to the emergency; or
- To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.