Did you know that in addition to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars directly distributed to counties, there are other funding pots that counties are eligible to apply for? You may be wondering what funding sources are available to citizens in your county and what direct assistance is securable for businesses, families and individuals. Information about applicable funding and direct assistance can be found by visiting NACo’s American Rescue Plan Act Funding Breakdown tool.
In addition to the direct federal aid to counties, this interactive tool shows every pot of money accessible through ARPA. For example, small businesses in your county may be eligible for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program ($15 billion) — a program designed to help stabilize county economies by keeping small businesses afloat who are experiencing revenue loss.
The page consists of a series of boxes that cover different sections of ARPA funding eligibility. When you click on a box showing a funding source, it breaks down the information and may include a notation that reads “Counties Eligible,” if it is an additional funding source that counties may apply for. For example, if you click on the box labeled “Health,” you will find 15 of the 22 boxes say “Counties Eligible.” Some of these additional sources of possible funding for counties including additional funding for Emergency Rural Development Grants for Rural Health Care ($500 million), Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grant Program ($420 million), Youth Suicide Prevention Programs ($20 million), Community Health Centers ($7.6 billion) and more. Each of these sources include links to the government agency responsible for administering the grants with more information about what it takes to qualify and to apply.
IAC also has a link on our homepage to this helpful tool provided by NACo. If you have any questions regarding the American Recovery Plan Act please reach out to Amanda Steinmetz (regarding reporting requirements firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sara Westbrook (regarding use of funds email@example.com).