American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law and established the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, which together make up the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program. This program is intended to provide support to State, territorial, local, and Tribal governments in responding to the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19 and in their efforts to contain impacts on their communities, residents, and businesses.

ARPA in Adams County

ARPA Funds SummaryIn 2020, Adams County Received just over 100 million dollars in ARPA funds. Adams County utilized multiple forms of community engagement to assess the needs of the different communities within its borders. Funds were initially utilized to meet the immediate needs of residents brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. These needs, funded through Tranche 1 dollars, were categorized as both internal and external priorities for the county. Tranche 1 dollars also included money for contingencies.

Once the immediate needs of the pandemic’s impact were met and the country moved into a post-pandemic mindset, Adams County shifted its thinking into resiliency. Again, taking information from the community engagement process, Adams County began making plans for Tranche 2 dollars. Those funds are being funneled into programs with long-term goals for residents.