American Rescue Plan
Cumberland County was awarded $49,214,152 in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The county received $24,214,152 of the American Rescue Plan funds in May 2021, and expects to receive the remaining $25 million from the U.S. Department of the Treasury next year.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was passed by congress and signed into law on March 11, 2021 by the President. This legislation includes $350 billion in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for eligible state, county, territorial, metropolitan city, and tribal governments across the United States.
The county has been working to comprehensively identify needs and develop a method to allocate funds. The county’s investment strategy will be evidence/fact based to ensure that projects that will have a positive long-term impact to assist residents, including the most vulnerable populations, to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
- March 2021 - American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 signed into law
- May 2021 - County receives $24,214,152 from U.S. Treasury
- August 2021 - Commissioners approve American Rescue Plan Interim Report
- August 2021 - Commissioners approve 2021 Recovery Plan
- Support public health expenditures, by funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff;
- Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector;
- Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic;
- Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have borne and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors; and,
- Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet.
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