The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) appropriates $19.53 billion to States for distribution to tens of thousands of “non-entitlement units of local government” (NEUs). These are smaller communities, like small cities, villages, and towns. In general, these funds can be used to address:
  • Improvements to water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure
  • Recovering revenues lost due to pandemic related economic downturn
  • Recovering expenses caused by COVID-19 response
  • Supporting households, small businesses, nonprofits, and other entities who experienced negative economic impacts due to COVID-19
New York State has engaged the U.S. Department of the Treasury to initiate the process of allocating funds to these communities. As the funding process continues to advance from the federal to state level, there are several steps communities can take to ensure the receipt of these funds in a timely and efficient manner. Please find the attached summary of these funds including an overview of the process and actionable steps your community can take towards receiving your funds.