American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Resources

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) is the sixth federal COVID-19 relief bill passed last year, and is by far the largest infusion of resources to the State of Connecticut. Specifically, the State expects approximately $6 billion of ARPA funds to enter through various grants to the State and Local governments.

Municipal Resources

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Will Deliver $350 Billion for State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal Governments to Respond to the COVID-19 Emergency and Bring Back Jobs.

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, and more equitable economy as the country recovers.

CCM ARPA Toolkit, Version 2.0

CCM Memo on Navigating the Final Rule

CCM ARPA Final Rule & Best Practices Presentation – 2/3/2022

Video Recording of SCRCOG ARPA Forum on December 7, 2021

Video Recording of ARPA Discussion at SCRCOG Board Meeting on August 25, 2021

Recipients may use these funds to:

Including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector.

The final rule offers a standard allowance for revenue loss of $10 million, allowing recipients to select between a standard amount of revenue loss or complete a full revenue loss calculation. Recipients that select the standard allowance may use that amount for government services.

For example, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors.

The final rule offers more streamlined options to provide premium pay, by broadening the share of essential workers who can receive premium pay without a written justification while maintaining a focus on lower-income and frontline essential workers.

For example, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet.

The final rule significantly broadens eligible broadband infrastructure investments to address challenges with broadband access, affordability, and reliability, and adds additional eligible water and sewer infrastructure investments, including a broad range of lead remediation and stormwater management projects.

Within these overall categories, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities.

Recipients may NOT use these funds to:

No recipient may use this funding to make a deposit to a pension fund. Treasury’s Interim Final Rule defines a “deposit” as an extraordinary contribution to a pension fund for the purpose of reducing an accrued, unfunded liability. While pension deposits are prohibited, recipients may use funds for routine payroll contributions for employees whose wages and salaries are an eligible use of funds.

Treasury Department Guidance

Final Rule – 1/6/22

Overview of Final Rule

Request Fiscal Recovery Funds

Compliance and Reporting Guidelines

FAQ – Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

Webpage – Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

Connecticut’s Plan

Governor Lamont developed five key areas for these investments:

(1) Defeating COVID-19
(2) Investing in our Future
(3) Creating a More Affordable Connecticut
(4) Economic Growth that Works for All
(5) Modernizing State Government

SCRCOG Memo on State Projects using American Rescue Plan Funds

Full Report – Connecticut’s Plan for the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Presentation Slides – Connecticut’s Plan for the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Office of Policy and Management’s American Rescue Plan Act 2021 Webpage

Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) Report on all State of CT ARPA programs and which agency is administering them. Updated 8/24/21. 

FEMA Guidance and Resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Medical Care Eligible for Public Assistance (Interim) (Version 2)

Public Assistance Disaster-Specific Guidance – COVID-19 Declarations

Economic Development Administration (EDA) Programs

Under the American Rescue Plan, EDA was allocated $3 billion in supplemental funding to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.

Build Back Better Regional Challenge

Good Jobs Challenge

Economic Adjustment Assistance

Indigenous Communities

Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation

Statewide Planning, Research and Networks

Coal Communities Commitment

Helpful Links

Allocations for Local Governments in Connecticut

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) ARPA Resources Webpage

National League of Cities – 10 Things for City Leaders to Know

National League of Cities – FAQ