AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT
Signed into law in March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a $1.9 trillion package intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health and economic impacts. A key provision under ARPA, known as the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFR funds), provides $350 billion in relief to states and local governments to combat the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States Department of Treasury (Treasury) published the interim final rule (IFR) on May 10, 2021, through an expedited rule-making process. The IFR outlines the requirements for CSLFRF and went into effect immediately upon issuance, despite the fact that Treasury is seeking comments on all aspects of the rule. If warranted by public comments, the IFR may subsequently be modified.
According to the Treasury, the SLRF funds provide eligible local governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, and more equitable economy as the country recovers. Recipients may use these funds to:
• Support public health expenditures, by, for example, 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 and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors
• 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
Additionally under ARPA the State will receive a total of $112 million in Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to distribute to New Hampshire non-metropolitan cities and towns (so-called Non-Entitlement Units or NEUs), this includes all NH municipalities except for Dover, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth and Rochester – these five cities receive separate SLFR funds allocations directly from U.S. Treasury as metropolitan cities.
For Towns and Cities who are classified as NEUs please visit the following link on how to apply: Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Program | Governor's Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (nh.gov)
Hillsborough County is currently working through the appropriate process to support the pandemic response and lay the groundwork for a strong and equitable recovery under the eligible uses for the funds. Information regarding how Hillsborough County will proceed with the funds will be posted to this page. Please check back for updates.